Saturday, July 24, 2010
Your Book Starts Here--Online Class *or* The Surprising Benefits of Online Learning While You're Writing Your Book
Then the furor died down. I unpacked my suitcases, went back to my writing desk, and faced my next book-in-progress.
Post-publication is a bit like the aftermath of a great party.
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 3:13 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010
It's simplistic--even foolish--to think we're just scribing stories. If our books contain any emotional truth, it's because we've learned about ourselves in the process of writing.
A reader from another country recently wrote me a beautiful letter about my novel, Qualities of Light, which was published last fall. These communications always arrive when I'm discouraged about my writing life. They are the real reason I write books. I love the miracle of a topic I'm deeply concerned about also touching another soul.
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 12:16 PM
Monday, July 12, 2010
Mary, a former student who's been through my book-structuring workshops, recently got her memoir accepted for publishing. This is great news for her and for her future readers, since it's a good story that needs to be out in the world.
She's going through all the normal flurry that precedes a book launch and sent me a good question: What exactly is a successful book launch? The publisher has their ideas, and you have yours. Will the two ever meet? And how can an author tell if she's done everything she possibly can to get her book into the hands of readers?
How Publishing Has Changed--Now It's Up to You
I first began publishing books in the 1980s. Life in publishing was very different then, a luxury adventure for authors compared to the working one now.
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 7:49 AM
Sunday, July 4, 2010
But what’s more important—to make sure your reader understands why you are telling this story? Or to get that reader engaged so they'll keep reading?
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 6:40 PM