Sidewalk view of Bookloft

Confession: My book launched two weeks ago, and I’m just beginning to grasp the potential of that much talked about, but often misunderstood, word: “platform.”

A stack of books waiting to be signed

My first book releases from Seal Press in exactly two weeks, and once again I start the day by scanning my to-do list, adding more items than I cross out

In May, I posted about my author headshot misadventures. I had fun writing that. What I didn’t reveal then was how playing with that humorous piece helped me face the […]

Homemade bread rolls

Part of the reason I sought out a publisher rather than trying to self-publish was that I knew I didn’t want to transform a rough manuscript into a book all by myself.

Rejected headshot of Elizabeth Enslin

I figured the scariest part of publishing While the Gods Were Sleeping would be receiving critical feedback from editors or negotiating cover design. But, no. So far, the task that has filled me with the greatest dread has been the author headshot.

Screenshot of edited page

After winning a contract with Seal Press through a She Writes-sponsored contest last spring and submitted my final manuscript in August, I had one big fear: that I would not be edited enough.

View of Bread Loaf building

Being a self-taught creative writer without an MFA, I had little confidence that I would be accepted at highly selective writing workshops. But once there, I learned that plenty of people like me do get in.