WRITING

My Culinary Route To Publication

My Culinary Route To Publication

Occasionally I’m asked about how difficult I found it to get a publishing contract. The short answer is that in 2011, I emailed my novel to an agent and then spent a year polishing it before I got a two-book deal. The long answer is – well, go fetch yourself a cup of coffee (and […]

July 31, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
16 Things Sexist Male Writers Say to Female Writers

16 Things Sexist Male Writers Say to Female Writers

Before we even ordered our beers, he had found five ways to insult me. This wasn’t a date. This was a meeting between two writers. We had presumably come to the bar to brainstorm and critique each other’s work like adults. I quickly learned that he saw this as a competition. I guess he considered […]

July 25, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Q&A with Author Amy Sue Nathan

Q&A with Author Amy Sue Nathan

Amy Sue Nathan  is the author of THE GLASS WIVES and upcoming THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, both published by St Martin’s Griffin. She is also woman behind the award-winning blog Women’s Fiction Writers, named one of Writer’s Digest’s Best Websites for Writers in 2015. Thank you, Amy, for joining us over here at WWWB! We’re thrilled […]

July 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Real Danger of Harper Lee’s New Novel

The Real Danger of Harper Lee’s New Novel

When I first heard that Go Set A Watchman was being released, I had the same thought I had when I hear that any famous author is releasing a sequel to a successful novel … This could be dangerous. The more I read about the circumstances of Go Set A Watchman being “discovered” and coming […]

July 19, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
Serendipity on Steroids

Serendipity on Steroids

I recently came to a personal writer’s realization. All of my stories—both the ones on paper and the ones impatiently waiting in the queue in my head—have to do with serendipitous meetings. Serendipity, it turns out, (some might argue it’s fate) is an obsession of mine. Turn left at the corner and meet the love […]

July 18, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More

HOW TOs and TIPS

What Bugs Me As A Reader

What Bugs Me As A Reader

I finished a novel last night and I hated it! It began well, great characters with potential. Then, halfway through, the main character is shot dead. The family moves away and the husband heads off somewhere foreign to start a new life, leaving his two little kids with an aunt who never featured before. The […]

July 23, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More
The Passion to Teach, the Courage to Write

The Passion to Teach, the Courage to Write

Hands trembling, she skulks up the center aisle as if she is walking the proverbial plank. After she shakily giggles and glances around the room, I offer her a reassuring smile. I know, however, I’m not what she fears. Even her staring peers aren’t her biggest enemy right now. She is battling a raging beast […]

July 8, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
How To Ignite Your Creativity, The Artist’s Way

How To Ignite Your Creativity, The Artist’s Way

Do you ever feel as if your creativity needs a boost? You may know Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, is a multi-talented artist and bestselling author respected for her simple and structured approach to helping artists across disciplines discover and nurture their creativity. Ms. Cameron’s belief that each individual is innately creative […]

June 30, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Creative-Hyphenate?

Creative-Hyphenate?

‘What do you do?’ I used to say ‘I’m an author’. Now I’m not sure. The challenge for many free lancers in the creative arts is to describe their occupation. Usually they have several skills in their portfolio for artistic challenge, variety AND in order to pay the bills. Last week, a 4 year old […]

June 10, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
How to Avoid Writing Burnout

How to Avoid Writing Burnout

Writing is hard work. We all know that, right? We take an idea, move it along, push it this way, that way, leave it alone, return to it, and sometimes scratch altogether. Once we’ve got something substantial, we tear it all apart and put it back together again. We offer our pages to the world, […]

June 4, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More

PUBLISHING

My Culinary Route To Publication

My Culinary Route To Publication

Occasionally I’m asked about how difficult I found it to get a publishing contract. The short answer is that in 2011, I emailed my novel to an agent and then spent a year polishing it before I got a two-book deal. The long answer is – well, go fetch yourself a cup of coffee (and […]

July 31, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Self-publishing – What I’ve Learned

Self-publishing – What I’ve Learned

Eighteen months ago I self-published my novel Dappled Light, based on the life of James Stewart, a medical missionary whose reputation was tarnished by a liaison with Mary Livingstone, wife of the explorer. Stewart subsequently married my great great aunt Mina, the daughter of a wealthy Scottish shipbuilder who was himself the subject of a […]

July 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
How The Writing Community Shaped Me

How The Writing Community Shaped Me

The publishing world is one of the biggest learning curves I have ever faced. Two years ago, or thereabouts, I grabbed a tatty old notebook that my kids kept stealing pages from, and a part chewed pen and I began to write. I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I have learned a […]

June 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Highs and Lows of Life After Publication

The Highs and Lows of Life After Publication

It took years to get The Lodger published. I chose the traditional route and it was a long, bumpy journey, strewn with rejection letters from agents and publishers. Tears were shed and manuscripts ripped up. Publication was an unattainable goal, a holy grail, an end in itself. Several times, I was on the point of […]

June 8, 2015 | By | 11 Replies More
Can a Self-Published Author Have an Agent?

Can a Self-Published Author Have an Agent?

Can a self-published/independent author have an agent? Surely, it’s a contradictory state? Well, no, not in today’s publishing world. Last May, I signed with A for Authors literary agency to represent me for subsidiary and foreign rights. As the congratulations flowed in, I was a little overwhelmed by the lovely things people said on Facebook […]

March 4, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More

MARKETING

Why Am I Terrified To Launch A Book?

Why Am I Terrified To Launch A Book?

When I hear people say “no one is talking because they’re all glued to their smartphones and computers” I totally disagree. In the world I live in I’m connecting with more and more and more people globally and IRL (In Real Life for those that don’t know). I’ve been at yoga workshops and had people […]

June 28, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Facebook: Love It or Leave It?

Facebook: Love It or Leave It?

Back in February a writer/friend, Donna Zukaitis Falcone, posted a question on Facebook:  Building a platform as a writer: Can it be done without Facebook in the 21st century anymore? Do the old tried and true ways still work in a digital age? She sparked a lively conversation, and it struck an especially resonant chord […]

April 16, 2015 | By | 20 Replies More
The Third Stage of Writing: The Promotional Stuff

The Third Stage of Writing: The Promotional Stuff

Sometimes as writers we need to push ourselves to do things we don’t necessarily feel comfortable with. I’m not talking about the content or the writing process here, but the stuff that comes after publication. The promotional side of things. Like a lot of writers, I am fairly introverted and a fairly private person. So […]

December 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
What Makes You Pick Up A Book?

What Makes You Pick Up A Book?

What makes you pick up a book and read it? The cover? The blurb? The title? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) December 3, 2014 @WomenWriters Cover, recommendations, sometimes award thingies on the front, author’s name…many, many things. — Heather Wheat (@hwheaties) December 3, 2014 @WomenWriters An interest in the subject matter, the title, and the endorsements. […]

December 5, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
What Do You Mean I Have to Market My Writing?

What Do You Mean I Have to Market My Writing?

We all start with different decks. Some with no cards. Some with no money. Some not even at the table. It’s not fair. There’s nothing fair about it. Maybe it will never be fair. But if you want to play, if I want to play, whatever odds I was given, them’s the odds I got. […]

November 24, 2014 | By | 11 Replies More

BY SPONSORS

How Courageous Are You?

How Courageous Are You?

Since publishing my own story a year ago, and gathering the stories of  women who wished to share their truths in a collaborative anthology, I have been reminded just how difficult it can be to put our truths out into the world. Sharing our stories makes us vulnerable to criticism and judgment. Yet our life […]

November 5, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
Qaisra Shahraz: Researching a Novel in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz: Researching a Novel in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz, born in Pakistan, is a critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter and has lived in Manchester since she was nine.  Her books have been published in numerous countries and translated into various languages. We asked her if she could tell us about her latest research for her novel based in Morocco. Apart from journalism, research […]

October 18, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Memoir Writing Tips

Memoir Writing Tips

Heidi Siefkas wrote a memoir about her extraordinary story of survival. We asked her if she could share some memoir writing tips with us. Writing a memoir is an all-in, unveiling of your most private experiences to the world. It’s not a sneak peek, but the whole enchilada whether good, bad, or Montezuma’s revenge. I’m […]

September 1, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
Why I Chose to Self-Publish

Why I Chose to Self-Publish

I’m sure there are some who write entirely for themselves, but most of us do so for other people. But how do you get your words turned into a book, so that your story can be shared? The traditional route was to attract an agent. He or she would then go on to find a […]

June 16, 2014 | By | 20 Replies More
Memoir Competition Mslexia

Memoir Competition Mslexia

There are some amazing competitions for women writers! We didn’t want you to miss this one! Mslexia Women’s Memoir Competition is for full-length memoirs from unpublished memoirists. The only competition of its type in the UK, Mslexia is looking for memoirs of at least 50,000 words of prose that narrate actual events in the writer’s […]

June 15, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More

FICTION

Failure First, Success Second

Failure First, Success Second

I failed at getting my first novel published and I stopped writing. I wrote a young adult science fiction novel while also playing Division I college basketball at the University of Richmond. Writing helped me cope with the various pressures and expectations in athletics and academics. Working on that story allowed me to escape when […]

April 8, 2014 | By | 15 Replies More
Growing a Thick Skin by K. A. Laity

Growing a Thick Skin by K. A. Laity

Dorothy Parker’s work may be awash with cynicism, but so often she is right on the money. In her wistful poem “Observation” she considers doing better with her life—getting to bed early, abstaining from riotous overindulgence and undoubtedly completing the work for overdue deadlines. But in the end the famous wit concludes, But I shall […]

November 27, 2013 | By | 35 Replies More
Under “A Different Sun” – with Elaine Neil Orr

Under “A Different Sun” – with Elaine Neil Orr

US Author and Professor of English at NC State University, Elaine Neil Orr [ENO] answers WWWB’s Anora McGaha’s [WW] questions about A Different Sun her first novel telling the story of a US slave owner’s daughter who marries a missionary and moves to Africa, where her worldview is turned upside down. – Anora McGaha, Editor […]

November 1, 2013 | By | 5 Replies More
Revolt by Qaisra Shahraz, Released October 7, 2013

Revolt by Qaisra Shahraz, Released October 7, 2013

Revolt by Qaisra Shahraz is Launched Arcadia Press launched Revolt by the international best-selling English / Pakistani author Qaisra Shahraz. We have been following her international travels to exotic literary festivals in China, India, Indonesia, Germany just to name a few. In preparation for Qaisra stepping up as Site Sponsor for Women Writers, Women Books, […]

October 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
You’re a Writer. Now Act Like One!

You’re a Writer. Now Act Like One!

My entire life had been in a single large city.  I loved the important hustle of the daytime and the somewhat dangerous excitement of the night. Art and fabulous food fed my deeper cravings. Still, I always felt that my forever life was waiting for me somewhere drastically different.  On impulse, I moved to San Diego, […]

September 6, 2013 | By | 62 Replies More

Recent Essays

Interview with Rowan Coleman

Interview with Rowan Coleman

Rowan Coleman is the internationally bestselling author of an astounding twelve novels, most recently WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS and THE MEMORY BOOK (released in the US as THE DAY WE MET). She’s been compared to Jo Jo Moyes and Nora Ephron. She lives with her husband and five children in a very full […]

July 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
DESI GIRLS, Stories by Indian Women Writers Abroad

DESI GIRLS, Stories by Indian Women Writers Abroad

I am often asked why my anthologies include solely stories by women. One reason is that women’s achievements are never purely personal. Also, we continue to work phenomenally harder than men to qualify for equal recognition in many walks of life. In this day and age, women are still subjected to prejudice, violence, poorer resources […]

July 16, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Introducing the Holocaust to Young Readers

Introducing the Holocaust to Young Readers

In 2014, with the present rise of another wave of Anti-Semitism, I was commissioned by Scholastic Australia to write a novel set in the Holocaust. Given the vast number of novels, memoirs, biographies, essays, poetry and commentaries that have appeared in the last seventy years the task was daunting. Even though I thought I knew […]

July 14, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Q&A with Taylor Jenkins Reid

Q&A with Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of FOREVER, INTERRUPTED; AFTER I DO; and the brand spankin’ new, terrifically fabulous MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE (This interviewer gave it a solid five star review), all published by Simon & Schuster/Atria/Washington Square Press. Her first book, FOREVER, INTERRUPTED, was included by Kirkus Reviews in “11 Debuts We Love” and […]

July 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Two Decades of Writing

Two Decades of Writing

TWENTY years ago my first book was published – Unlawful Carnal Knowledge: The True Story of the Irish X Case was subsequently banned in Ireland, which made it an overnight success north of the border. As a journalist on the Daily Telegraph, I was working full-time but took the week off to promote my book […]

July 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Writing About War

Writing About War

While researching for my novel, Someone Else’s Conflict, I found myself asking a number of interesting, sometimes disturbing, questions about my decision to set the backstory in the 1990s Croatian conflict. During the conflicts following the break-up of Yugoslavia, the war in Croatia was gradually overshadowed by the shocking events in neighbouring Bosnia-Hercegovina. While I […]

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