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How Rejections Can Help You

Today I sat in on the agent panel at the San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference with agents April Eberhardt, Penny Nelson, Andy Ross, and Jeff Kleinman. Agent panels are always popular at writers’ conferences, and for obvious reasons. It’s a dream come true to be represented by an agent, even though being offered representation by an agent is only a first baby step for most writers on their road …Read More

How to Maximize Kindle Sales When You’re Traditionally Published

On our January 31 webinar, Cashing in with Kindle Books, Howard VanEs offered a lot of really solid information for authors regarding how to sell more Kindle ebooks. And because traditionally published authors don’t have access to KDP, a lot of you were asking the question, How does all of the good stuff Kindle allows for self-published authors pertain to my book? Here’s the scoop: If you’re traditionally published, you …Read More

Tinted Memoir Writing—and Why You Should Do It

One of the primary struggles new memoirists face is the question of what to sacrifice in the telling of their memoir, or what to focus on. When a person decides to write a memoir, it’s inevitable that the experience of what they want to write about seems too big, too sprawling, and so the question of how to structure and organize their memoir begins to formulate. And then, promptly, overwhelm …Read More

Memoir Is Not the Trauma Olympics

Something clicked for me when I read Susan Shapiro’s December 31 opinion piece in the New York Times this week. I realized that memoir writers are actually getting advice from memoir teachers, and probably from agents and other industry professionals too, to showcase as much messiness and tragedy as possible (granted, with the transformation or metamorphosis that will inevitably follow) if they want their work to get published. I admire …Read More

Finding Inspiration

Last weekend my partner and I were invited up to Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island, Washington, for an amazingly luxurious purpose: to taste food. (She Writes Press is publishing The Hedgebrook Cookbook—awesome.) I guess this is how food critics must live, but for me it was the equivalent of being invited to a resort that needed willing subjects for their massage therapists to practice on. There’s a long list of reasons …Read More