Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Book By Women About Women

What could be more satisfying than collaborating on a book by women and about women?  I don't know.  But then, I am a writer enthralled with the new world of writing and publishing options that enhance women's creative endeavors. 

The Women's Writing Circle is planning to publish a book of our writings.  Although in the preliminary stage, the enthusiasm for this project radiated at yesterday's read-around of the Circle.   Already 10 women echoed:  "Count me in!"

The intention:  "Our best efforts should motivate, reward and reach out. Our goal - share and connect - is meant to creatively add to the widest possible range of experiences and perspectives from our lives and memories."

Of the unspoken words of women throughout the ages, Virginia Woolf writes in A Room of One's Own:  "She lived in you and in me, and in many other women who are not here tonight, for they are washing up the dishes and putting the children to bed."

Our book's theme is women's voice, issues and perspective.  "A room of our own" is an apt literary metaphor for the Writing Circle anthology.

Here's what we have established so far:
  • Any woman who has attended the Circle may submit a piece; memoir, personal essay, poetry, fiction, etc.
  • The writing(s) is not to exceed 5,000 words.
  • There will be a cost of $100 per person for publishing, editing, and marketing expenses.  
  • Each submitted piece will be critiqued by the other submitters. Based upon feedback the critiqued piece will be revised. The revised piece will then be edited by an editor (to be chosen at a later date).
  • Each submitter is expected to be an active participant in all of the work that goes into publishing and marketing a book.
  • All who submit work for the book will own the copyright to their work.
  • The book will be published as a trade paperback and as an eBook.
  • The tentative deadline for the book’s release: April, 2013.
Additional details available next month. For writers who have not attended the Circle, but are interested in contributing to the book, our next read-around is Saturday, June 9 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Wellington Square Bookshop. There is a submission deadline of August 31.
I am excited by what may be a "first" for women writers in the Philadelphia area. 

All the best,


Paula Friedman said...

Susan, this sounds like a terrific project; good luck with it. Are you all familiar with Alice James Books (in New England, I believe) or Sixteen Rivers Press (in the Bay Area)? Both began, and perhaps still work, on similar models. I and some other authors put out a literary magazine, The Open Cell, some time ago that ran for six years on this model. It's very effective, very empowering, and can create a very strong group of authors. (p.s. Saw your note on this on LinkedIn.)

Susan G. Weidener said...


Thank you for the information. We will check it out! It is awesome what you have done with women writers. I agree. "Empowering" is the word to describe this collaborative project . . . to give women "voice." But, as much as a spiritual and "cerebral" exercise, hopefully, it will sell and resonate. We have a diverse group of writers. Any time you try to change "the conversation" you are running as a rebel.


pamrice said...

I ENJOY all the stories I read from the women's circle. You are a great writer.

Susan G. Weidener said...

Thank you, Pam, for your support.
Yours truly,

Kimberly McPherson said...

What a wonderful idea! I hope you have tons of people who take you up on this offer! If I wasn't such a starving artist I would submit some of my pieces (lol)! I found your blog through LinkedIn and you have a new fan! I would love to invite you to check out my blog as I am a newbie and could use some pointers. Wishing you abundant blessings on your journey,

Susan G. Weidener said...

Kimberly. Thank you for your support of our collaborative book project. We are excited.

My advice for beginning bloggers is to stick to the topics that most interest you AND that interest your readers. I like to take three or four topics - women's writing, self-publishing, and writing techniques and concentrate on those; hopefully not straying too far off "message," if you know what I mean in terms of your blog's theme.

Best wishes coming your as you embark on your journey.

Dixie said...

Susan......just found this site and am really excited that so many women are being so transparent to share their lives with others and to make a difference!! I am in California and getting ready to self publish my book and also have been blogging a while...I will look your site over more thoroughly and glean from your advice. Thank you so much....Dixie

Susan G. Weidener said...


Thank you for checking out my blog. Congratulations on your decision and leap of faith to self publish your story. It takes courage and a belief in your story, as well as some marketing savvy - but overall, it is terrific fun and a wonderful experience!