Guest Post: Author Rita Plush Gives A Real Voice To Her Characters Through An Audio Book

ImageToday, author Rita Plush offers us an inside look at how she facilitated the recording of her own audio book, what that process entailed, and what it meant to her. 

There are a myriad of paths to traditional publication today — small presses to e-publishers to big publishers. I love seeing an author take things into their own hands when it’s possible or necessary — because no one cares about the success of our book as much as we do. Kudos to Rita for finding a new way for her author voice to be heard. 

Please welcome Rita back to WFW!

Amy xo

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Guest Post: Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Try To Be Perfect by Author Kathryn Maeglin

HunkaHunkaCover225pixelsYou heard it here first. I am a fan of writing horrible drafts. Not publishing them, not reading them, but the only way I can get from HERE to THERE and from THIS to THAT is to let go of any notion of perfectionism in writing. You know, the same philosophy I have with the laundry. That’s not to be said that I don’t polish my work to a shine in the end, the way I iron my clothes (yes I do, pretty much daily). But to get there I LET GO.

Today, author Kathryn Maeglin shares her thoughts on perfectionism as well as her Serenity Prayer for Perfectionists. Do you need to reform? Or do you have advice? Chime in below.

And please welcome Kathryn Maeglin to Women’s Fiction Writers.

Amy xo

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Guest Post by Author Kaira Rouda: Author Branding And The Real You

MIRROR_cover_300dpiToday I’m happy to share great advice from author Kaira Rouda. She’s a marketing pro and author with some simple yet essential reminders about author branding and being who you are. Being real. Thank you, Kaira, it’s something we need to hear again and again!

 Please welcome Kaira to WFW! 

Amy xo

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Guest Post: How Author Brenda Janowitz Dusted Off An Old Idea And Wrote A New Adult Novel

LHC coverPublishing is like the weather in Chicago. Just wait a minute and it’ll change. No one knows that better than my friend, author Brenda Janowitz, who shares with us today how her newest novel was something she never thought would see the light of day, let alone a book shelf, and how she turned it upside down and inside out to meet a need in the market and a desire within herself to see the story published.

Tell us about the novels and idea you’ve tucked away, congratulate Brenda on today’s launch of her newest novel, THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB, and welcome her back to WFW!

Amy xo

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Guest Post: Bringing Out-Of-Print Novels Back To Women’s Fiction Readers By Ian Skillicorn

Yesterday, on Harper Lee’s 88th birthday, she announced that To Kill A Mockingbird would be available as an ebook on July 8th. That’s a big deal! And while a little different (because that’s To Kill A Mockingbird, after all) in this era of digital re-publishing, she’s not the only author able to be introduced to readers again via ebook, and exactly what we’re talking about today on WFW (timing is everything, you know?). 

Today in an different kind of guest post, Ian Skillicorn, introduces us to Catherine Gaskin, and the business of bringing out-of-print novels back to readers. Enjoy! (And I totally want my next author photo to look like Catherine Gaskin’s!)

Amy xo

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Guest Post: Is Your Story Carved In Stone? By Author Sharon Maas

Today on WFW author Sharon Maas is back (YAY!) to share with us a lesson she learned while traveling in India. Her words, photos, and video have transporting and transformative powers. (Don’t say I never took you anywhere, k?)

Amy xo

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Not Carved in Stone: Excavating for a Story

By Sharon Maas

CoverfinalLast February I spent three wonderful weeks in South India. The best part of my morning routine was a walk up a nearby mountain to visit a little ashram where I could sit and meditate in silence. On the way up, dotted here and there along the cobblestone path, sat a few of the local sculptors, selling their work and creating their next piece. Always I stopped to watch, fascinated.

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Guest Post: Mixing Food Into Fiction by Author Katharine Britton

food in fictionGosh, it’s been a while! A holiday and a getaway got in the way, but really, they didn’t. Stepping aside makes it better when you come back. And, can’t write if you don’t live life, right? And food is part of living…so…today author Katharine Britton talks about food in fiction! Coming off the spring religious holiday season, we’re all probably a little bit stuffed (matzah pizza will do that to ya) but it’s a good time to think about how we use food in our writing. THE GLASS WIVES readers told me they came away hungry. In FINDING IZZY LANE I incorporate much less “real” food, but the main character, Izzy, has a lot of fond food memories. I’d like use Michigan as a setting in a novel so I collected some menus and magazines on a writer-getaway there last week. Oh, yes, and there was wine tasting of Michigan wines. That was TOTALLY research. Yep. 

Share some of your ideas and thoughts in the comments and—please welcome our friend Katharine Britton back to WFW!  (And be sure to check out the trailers for Katharine’s books at the end of the post–maybe grab a snack first!) 

Amy xo

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Guest Post: From Writing Facts To Writing Fiction by Darlene Deluca

I remember trying my typing fingers at fiction in 2007 and wondering how I was going to just make things up. It was foreign to me, this concept. I’d been a journalist, a corporate writer, an essayist, then dabbled in the brand new world of blogging. All true writing, all authentic, all me. Now I had to put the five Ws and and the H (Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How) aside, at least sometimes? 

Indeed!

Today we have a guest post from Darlene Deluca who did the same thing. While I continued writing both fact and fiction, she set aside her corporate life to embark on fiction writing alone. Brave (and lucky) Darlene is joining us to day to share her journey.

Please welcome Darlene Deluca to Women’s Fiction Writers!

Amy xo

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Guest Post by Debut Author Lindsey J. Palmer: Why I Set My Novel At A Women’s Magazine (even after The Devil Wears Prada)

pretty-in-inkWhen you’re writing a novel do you choose the setting—or does the setting choose you? When you read about debut author Lindsey J. Palmer’s decision to write about the world of women’s magazines, you’ll see that in her case (and in many) a setting just begs for a story. How can we, as writers, resist?

Please welcome Lindsey J. Palmer to Women’s Fiction Writers!

Amy xo

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