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Monthly Memo – November 2016

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.


Dozens of our highly acclaimed authors placed as winners and finalists in the 2016 USA Best Book Awards.

We are so proud of our talented authors! Over 33 finalists and six winners have placed in this year’s 2016 USA Best Book Awards. Check out the full list of winners and finalists. Congratulations to all!

Beverly Hills Book Awards honored multiple SWP authors as winners and finalists.

Peggy Garrity, Carrie Highly, Leslie Johansen Nack, Michelle Cox, Melissa Rea and Jennifer Dwight all came in as winners in the Beverly Hills Book Awards. Barbara Bracht Donsky and Virginia A. Simpson also placed as finalists in the awards.

Michelle Cox receives multiple mentions.

A Girl Like You author Michelle Cox placed as an Indie Spotlight Finalist in the Literary Lightbox competition. She also placed in the Shelf Unbound: Top 100 Notable Indies competition and Chanticleer’s Murder and Mayhem contest. In her article, “Why You Should Choose A Hybrid – An Insider’s Guide,” Cox opened up about the world of Indie publishing.

Cathryn Novak spilled her writing confessions on USA Today.

Cathryn Novak’s Size Matters was described as “a slice of a favorite dessert, thoroughly enjoyable, but gone too soon” by Kirkus Reviews. Cathryn also revealed why she has a love/hate relationship with the writing process on USA Today’s Happily Ever After.

Laurie Buchanan is enlightening us all this holiday season.

Laurie Buchanan’s Note To Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth was reviewed on New Spirit Journal and featured on POPSUGAR’s 10 Books to Keep You Centered After the Election”.

Patricia Minger revealed why she doesn’t believe in writer’s block on USA Today.

Magic Flute author Patricia Minger spilled all of her secrets in her feature on USA Todays Happily Ever After and was given a raving review on Kirkus Reviews.

Rebecca Austill-Clausen was labeled as “inspiring” by Bookstr.

Change Maker: How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life by Rebecca Austill-Clausen was featured on Bookstr’s “10 Eye-Opening New Age Reads to Inspire You This Fall”. Clausen was also interviewed by her local Saugus Advertiser.

Sara Yao was mentioned in Self Magazine.

Sara Yao author of Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage appeared in the November issue of Self Magazine!

Diana Paul wrote two articles for Shelf Pleasure.

Things Unsaid author, Diana Paul spilled all of her writing tips in her articles, “From Idea to Screen” and “Loving Disturbed Characters” which both appeared on Shelf Pleasure.

Barbara Bracht Donsky took her books to the Bronx.

Veronica’s Grave author, Barbara Bracht Donsky teamed up with Books-On-The-Subway and left her book in the Bronx for one lucky reader to find.

Roni Beth Tower wrote her way into our hearts on Women’s World.

Roni Beth Tower author of Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance was featured on Women’s World in her article, “When I Learned This Rejected Puppy’s Name, I Knew He’d Save My Life.”

Iris Waichler wrote a piece for Path 2 Parenthood.

Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents author, Iris Waichler covered the topic of the relationship between religion and infertility treatment in her article on Path 2 Parenthood.


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