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Monthly Memo – January 2017

Every month we celebrate noteworthy achievements and upcoming events happening within the She Writes Press community. From author interviews to launch parties, we shine a light on a few of the fantastic things happening in our world.

If you have coverage you’d like to share, a new award to your name or an event planned, please let Alyssa know at alyssa@sparkpointstudio.com and we’ll get you included in our next Monthly Memo.


Laurie Buchanan was interviewed by her local newspaper.

Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth author Laurie Buchanan had an interview with the Idaho Statesman Newspaper where she spoke of balance and the story behind her book. 

Mary Dingee Fillmore was reviewed on Kirkus Reviews.

An Address in Amsterdam: A Novel author Mary Dingee Fillmore received a Kirkus Review in which they called her book “an intense tale that gives the tragedies of history a Dutch dwelling and a family name.” Her book was also recommended by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Thousands of people clicked to buy Sheila Grinell’s book on BookBub.

BookBub offered Sheila Grinell’s book Appetite for $0.99. Over 4,000 people clicked the link and 1,246 people bought the ebook.

Iris Waichler became a regular contributor to a major caregiver site.

Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents author Iris Waichler had her article on “Coping With Grief During the Holidays” published on The Caregiver Space, where she will now be a regular contributor. Her book was also included on Caring.com’s “8 of the Best Books About Caregiving of 2016.

Leah Lax received another award.

Uncovered by Leah Lax came in first place, winning the 2016 Wordwrite Book Award for memoir.

Lene Fogelberg’s book was published in another language.

Beautiful Affliction author Lene Fogelberg revealed the new cover for the German edition of her book.

Donna Stoneham was featured in First for Women Magazine.

Donna Stoneham, author of The Thriver’s Edge: Seven Keys to Transform the Way You Live, Love, and Lead, spilled her “Interview Tips to Thrive in the New Year” in First for Women Magazine.

Cathryn Novak, Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner helped out last-minute shoppers.

Size Matters author Cathryn Novak and Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey authors Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner were featured on Brit + Co’s list of “10 Books That Will Make Great Last-Minute Gifts.”

Marianne Lile and Vicki Cody made us miss our moms.

Stepmother: A Memoir by Marianne Lile and Army Wife: A Story of Love and Family in the Heart of the Army by Vicki Cody made Brit + Co’s list of “6 Family Memoirs That Will Make You Want to Call Your Mom.”

Cathryn Novak’s and Donna Wilk Cardillo’s books were picked by Redbook magazine.

Redbook magazine included Size Matters by Cathryn Novak and Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart by Donna Wilk Cardillo, RN, on their “17 Must-Read Books to Give As Gifts This Holiday Season.”

Cindi Michael was picked as one of the best books of 2016.

The Sportscaster’s Daughter author Cindi Michael taught us how writing your memoir can help you heal in Writer’s Digest as well as described her role as a mother on Working Mother. She was also chosen as one of Redbook Magazine’s 20 Best Books of 2016 and addressed the identity struggles of being a technical writer and memoirist on We Heart Writing.

Cathryn Novak and Patricia Minger made our holiday shopping even easier.

Size Matters by Cathryn Novak and Magic Flute by Patricia Minger were featured on Bookstr’s holiday book list.

M.L. Stover, Patricia Minger, Cathryn Novak, Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner were “not to be missed.”

Provectus: Survival of the Fittest, Magic Flute, Size Matters and Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey were all featured on Working Mother’s list of 12 Must-Read, Unputdownable 2016 Books for Moms.”

Lizbeth Meredith and Peggy Garrity were highly recommended by Brit + Co.

Pieces of Me: Rescuing my Kidnapped Daughters by Lizbeth Meredith and In the Game: The Highs and Lows of a Trailblazing Trial Lawyer by Peggy Garrity both made Brit + Co’s list of “10 Memoirs by Women You Need to Know.”

Leora Krygier was nominated for Teen Choice Book of the Year.

Leora Krygier’s Keep Her is in the running to be one of the Teen Choice Books of the Year for 2016. There’s still time to vote by clicking here.

JoAnn Smith Ainsworth wants you to mark your calendars.

Expect Deception author JoAnn Smith Ainsworth will speak at the Alameda County Fremont Library on February 7th at 5:30 p.m. There will be a signing after the talk.

Roni Beth Tower’s essay about Paris gave us wanderlust.

Miracle at Midlife author Roni Beth Tower shared her memories of Paris in her essay featured on Bonjour Paris.

Patti Clark was featured on Thrive Global.

Patti Clark, author of This Way Up: Seven Tools for Unleashing Your Creative Self and Transforming Your Life, spoke on the strength of silence in her piece featured on Thrive Global.


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