What Are Your Publishing Questions?

BlogHer is holding a special pre-conference day this summer called Pathfinder Day on August 4th that will be about helping people reach their blogging goals. Melissa Ford (author of Life from Scratch), Carleen Brice (author of Orange Mint and Honey) and Colleen Lindsay (from Penguin) for the Writing Track on Pathfinder Day. This workshop is for bloggers who want to take their writing (nonfiction or fiction) to the next step. ...more
What's the difference between self-publishing and publishing with a big publishing house in ...more

Your Thoughts: Does the World Need More Books?

Pull out a chair and sit down with your cup of coffee. It's time to have a little talk. Today's discussion: should bloggers be writing books or should we stick to posts? ...more

Brene Brown's "Gifts of Imperfection" was luminous. Heather Armstrong's "It Sucked and Then I ...more

Promote Your Book on a Budget

Whether you self-publish or go the traditional publishing route, it’s likely that you won’t have a huge publicity budget for your first book (or first few books). This may not be a bad thing (read on to find out how you can potentially damage your writing career by spending too much money and time on publicity). There are hundreds of cost effective ways to promote your book....more

How I Got Published (in a Totally Random Way)

When I got the phone call that Seal Press had bought our anthology The Shame Prom, I was cautiously optimistic. When I got the email, I smiled…a little. When my agent sent the contract for review, I carefully read it over and asked the pertinent questions. And when my writing partner Amy called and said, in so many words, WHY AREN’T YOU OVER THE MOON? THIS IS GREAT NEWS! I, the girl who’s always waiting for the other shoe to drop said, “I’ll believe it when I have the signed contract in my hand.”...more

Great story. Being an author too I rejoice with you in your success. That mutual support is so ...more

373 Friends: The Book I'd Like To Write

At the last count, I had 373 Facebook friends.There is more than sixty years difference between my youngest and oldest friends. A dozen of them are related to me. There are seven Sarahs, and three Tims, but only one Wendy....more

Why (and How) I Wrote a Writing Book

I remember the exact moment when a student called out from the back of the room and said, "Dr. H., I just want to learn how to write!  I'm tired of all these grammar rules and fancy rhetorical terms!" ...more

Looking back, and ahead

          One year ago tomorrow, I began querying literary agents in the hopes of getting my book published. So I thought it would be good to sit down and assess where I am on this journey. It was not easy to do, because the fact of the matter is, I am nowhere. Here are the stats:...more

Wicked Good - Kill Your Darlings

     Not much to report yet on the publishing of Wicked Good. It is in the editing stage. It will be interesting to see what changes Trestle Press think are necessary. I've been writing since I was about 10 years old (it all began with a book on the weather that I covered in wallpaper which was placed in my elementary school library) and one of the most popular writing rule has always been:     Kill Your Darlings. ...more

Edna St. Vincent Millay on Publishing

"A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down."— Edna St. Vincent Millay ...tick ... tick ... tick ...more