WRITING

From Poem to Love Story

From Poem to Love Story

Whenever I think of the protagonist in my historical novel, Ella Durant, I imagine her brother in a fit of rage in 1903, burning all of her letters, family photos, and any memorabilia having her imprint. It had to be, because there is scant primary material about Ella Durant except for a handful of correspondence […]

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Pseudonyms: To Use Or Not To Use

Pseudonyms: To Use Or Not To Use

I suppose I should start off by admitting that Elysee Orchidkiller is not my real name. I can hear you groan with disappointment and I completely agree with you. It is such a shame that my parents didn’t think up such fetching names! Why did I choose to publish under a pseudonym? I imagine my […]

June 20, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Isn’t it Romantic? The Enduring Popularity of Literature’s Most Successful Genre

Isn’t it Romantic? The Enduring Popularity of Literature’s Most Successful Genre

I didn’t set out to write romance. Not intentionally, anyway. I started writing because I was in love with words, not because I was in love with love. Growing up as an only child, books were my closest friends. I was a voracious reader, and my taste ran the gamut. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Laura […]

June 18, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

HOW TOs and TIPS

Second Person: Why I Used You In My Novel

Second Person: Why I Used You In My Novel

Second person address, “I-to-you,” is a fascinating and effective literary device, the most intimate point-of-view there is, but writers avoid it like a death knell. Most editors reject it. Not only that, it isn’t easy to pull off, especially in novel length stories. So why use it? Why have the narrator tell her story to […]

June 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Having an Affair With Your Writing

Having an Affair With Your Writing

Recently I completed my first young adult novel. As anyone writing a book can attest, it was a long slog. Personally, I wouldn’t have been able to complete it were it not for two creative sources of inspiration that rocked my world in a major way—Broadway’s Hamilton and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. Let me back […]

June 22, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Never Jump From A Moving Novel

Never Jump From A Moving Novel

Novel writing is a journey. We authors are the advance team who scout locations before the readers make an appearance. But we’re travelers first and foremost – into foreign lands, if we’ve the nerve to leave the familiar landscape of memoir. When I began writing, agents and editors cautioned that the craft had strict rules. […]

June 17, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More

AGENTS

Q&A with Erin George, Senior Associate Editor of Henery Press

Q&A with Erin George, Senior Associate Editor of Henery Press

ABOUT ERIN: After graduating with honors and a B.A. in English, Erin George, now a Senior Associate Editor, found a home at Henery Press. Her interest in publishing stemmed from a lifelong dream of reading fabulous books all day, every day, and editing was a perfect fit. She currently lives in Dallas, TX with her […]

May 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Literary Agent  Leigh Eisenman  of Hannigan Salky Getzler “HSG” Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Leigh Eisenman of Hannigan Salky Getzler “HSG” Agency

Leigh is a junior agent with Hannigan Salky Getzler (“HSG”) Agency. After ten years of practicing law, she decided to follow her dream of becoming part of the New York City literary landscape. She worked for a year at Folio Literary Management prior to moving to HSG in the fall of 2015. Leigh is also […]

April 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Literary Agent  Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media

Q&A with Literary Agent Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media

From the agency website – At New Leaf Literary & Media we believe in total client representation, before and beyond the sale. By providing editorial direction and working together to develop promotional plans that enhance and support the publisher’s outreach, we ensure that our clients have the tools they need to excel in the market. With […]

April 21, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More

MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

‘Are you going to enrol for a Phd?’ As a longterm author with a varied back list, learning digital skills was a higher priority. ‘No. I’m going to do an e-apprenticeship instead.’ I opted for a digital apprenticeship to revitalize my literary output. Mistake or a significant learning experience? I needed to re-organise my literary […]

April 16, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Publishing has always been my main career but I have written several children’s books over the years. Having, however, always wanted to write for adults, in 2012 I completed my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. It was then that I was inspired to create Patrician Press. I starting publishing my own […]

January 27, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
The Dos and Don’ts of Promotional Blog Tours

The Dos and Don’ts of Promotional Blog Tours

When I invited my blog followers to host a guest post to publicise my forthcoming novel, I never imagined I’d be embarking on a marathon tour of twenty-five posts over five weeks. I’m not sure if that makes me someone to emulate or a narcissistic masochist but, for what it’s worth, here are some suggestions […]

November 13, 2015 | By | 13 Replies More

SHORT STORIES

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s why. You slump, shrink, curl down in your seat, never stand up straight. As if an arrow might pick you off. Not an arrow, a bullet. Not a bullet, a blow. Not a blow, words. Not words, looks. Here’s why. You’re a freak. Four inches in one year? Your father’s colleague says he keeps […]

May 20, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

“Where are you off to? “ Sally had asked me. I felt a bit guilty I must admit. I was supposed to be home boning up for my job interview in the morning. I really wanted the job at Kelly and Hart Publishing and I don’t know where my head was when I agreed to […]

February 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

He wanted you to have this. It was written with exaggerated clarity on a scrap of paper, as if the author was unsure of the reader’s grasp of English. The torn paper, rather than a proper card, another signal from the sender. It was signed Elaine, with a rounded, buxom capital E. On the padded […]

January 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

INTERVIEWS

Q&A with Lisa Jewell

Q&A with Lisa Jewell

We, here at WomenWritersWomen[s]Books, are in love with Lisa Jewell. How can you not fall for a woman whose story of success starts with getting laid off from her secretarial job, followed by drinking and eating her sorrows away with friends, includes an actual wager, and ends like a fairytale? [Insert from Lisa – “So […]

June 6, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Q&A with Taylor Jenkins Reid, Part Two

Q&A with Taylor Jenkins Reid, Part Two

From the author of MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE—named a People Magazine pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour and USA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life—ONE TRUE LOVES by our own Taylor […]

June 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Stuck in the Middle: A Conversation with Ann Garvin

Stuck in the Middle: A Conversation with Ann Garvin

I Like you Just Fine When you Aren’t Around by Ann Garvin captures that in-between place so many people find themselves in today where carrying for aging parents collides with creating your own family and tending to your career.  Her unflinching look at the challenges with a liberal dose of humor and a touch of […]

June 1, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

Recent Essays

Reading Out Loud: Tips on Public Readings

Reading Out Loud: Tips on Public Readings

I am currently crowd-funding a book of short stories called In The Future Everyone Will Be World Famous For Fifteen Minutes (Unbound Publishing.) Publishing a book this way means that I have to get people interested in the project before it is published rather than after. One way of letting people know about a book […]

June 16, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Taking Risks with Co-Writing Diversity

Taking Risks with Co-Writing Diversity

My two most ‘risky’ cultural projects have been co-writing ‘f2m: the boy within’, the first Young Adult novel about transitioning gender co-written by an ftm, and ‘Hijabi Girl’ a fun, junior chapter book which had 41 rejections from traditional publishers before I self -published. I’m not trans and I’m not Muslim. But I do take […]

June 15, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
On Openings

On Openings

After digging deep into the recesses of my mind and pouring out of ideas on a blank page or screen, what next? The gestation period is not completely over. I continue to create characters and plot as I write. That continual creative experience is vital to the way I work. For many writers, after this […]

June 13, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
From Sculpture To Writing

From Sculpture To Writing

Being born into a family of special effects wizards in Hollywood, I knew early on that I would follow in their footsteps as a creative person. I lived and breathed visual art. After art school, I got a studio on Los Angeles Skid Row where I also taught art to homeless men and women and […]

June 11, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Five Unique Ways to Market Your First Book

Five Unique Ways to Market Your First Book

I gave birth to a book recently. It may sound cliche or ridiculous, or both, but to me it was real. Every stage of writing the book, from conception to publication, I likened to when I had my own babies. I felt the rollercoaster of emotions: excitement, anxiety and the flat out exhaustion to point […]

June 10, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
Diversity in Publishing

Diversity in Publishing

Just over two years ago, I went on a hunt around my house for our dusty old laptop. I rarely used computers or laptops outside of the office, hence it took me a couple of hours to dig out, and I eventually found it buried under heaps of odds and sods in the spare room. […]

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