Monthly Archives: July 2014

BlogHer goodness


I met a few gals this weekend at BlogHer 14. Smart chicks, cool chicks, so-creative-they-blow-you-away chicks. When I got home and started looking through all those business cards, I checked out their blogs, too. What do you know? Smart blogs, cool blogs, scary creative blogs, just like the chicks who write ’em. Funny how that works.

Here are some of the talented broads I met this weekend:

Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess. Jenny and I have met at a previous conference, but this year we shared a special moment. She gave the first keynote of the event, and afterwards, I approached her to tell her how listening to her book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, helped me through the very difficult three months when I had to pack up our whole house and get it rented out, while taking care of all three kids alone because Erik was in California. I used to play the audiobook while I organized and packed the massive junk heap that was our basement, for an hour or two each night, and knowing I was going to get to laugh my ass off helped me find the energy to face the work after a long day with the kids. I thanked Jenny, we hugged, and I didn’t even try to steal any of the human hair she bought in a kiost at the Denver Airport.

Kate Canterbury, The Guavalicious Life. My BlogHer roommate Kori and I met Kate at the Speck happy hour and instantly hit it off. Fun gal!

Johanna Stein — not actually a blogger, but the author of How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane (& Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source.) She led a session on screenwriting and was so helpful, and she has written some hilarious videos like Thanks Mom and Angry Squirrel.

Jennie Goutet, author of blog and book A Lady in France. Jennie and I met at the closing party and couldn’t believe how parallel our lives had been, since we had lived in Paris the same year and had also both lived in China. Continue reading

Shebooks and She Writes (and how you can download a free book)

We are just getting to know one another, so you may not know that I am not just a mom who doesn’t have a minivan. I’m also a writer. And hear at BlogHer ’14 I learned about two new potential outlets for my writing: Shebooks and She Writes.

Both are publishing platforms for female writers, and they sound the same, so of course I got them confused at first. So here is a rundown of what they are and how they differ:


Publishes eBooks that are about 10,000 words long, focusing on fiction, memoir and journalism. They are especially looking to grow their stock of journalism titles.

Pays authors 50 percent of sales.

Books cost $2.99 or $7.95 per month for access to their whole catalog.

You must download SheBooks app to read, although print-on-demand through Ingram is coming soon.

Submit to

Get a free book: Use the coupon code FREEBOOK at to download one free book. Expires July 30!


She Writes is an online community for female writers. She Writes Press is a self-publishing platform, where you can pay to publish both eBooks and print-on-demand paper books. If you have a book that’s ready to publish, you pay $3,900 for design and publishing. If you need editing help, you can pay more for that.

She Writes uploads your eBooks to Amazon, B&N and iBookstore. They can be printed through LightningSource.

Submit your work at There is a $25 submission fee, which they take as payment for evaluating your book and letting you know if it is publication-ready or not.

The author keeps 80 percent of ebook revenue and 70 percent of print book revenue.




BlogHer ’14!

I am at BlogHer for the first time in years, promoting this blog and meeting cool women and enjoying free (except for the hundreds of dollars I paid to be here) cocktails. I get to see The Bloggess and Tig Notaro and hang out with my friend Korilu of Koritelling, so I’m pretty psyched about the whole thing. Also, we took Amtrak here! And also, my children are not here. And I have a whole hotel bed to myself.

Conclusion: Things are good. Looking forward to tomorrow!