Q: I read your review about [insert author's name here] and
I really loved her book [insert book title here]. Can you please
send me her email address so that I can converse personally with
her? She is my favorite author. Or, could you forward my letter
A: Women Writers is a site run by a grad student, who doesn't
have any connections whatsoever with publishing companies (except
that sometimes we're lucky enough to get a free book to review).
And most of the contributors are just average Joe's and Jane's
too. MOST (if not pretty close to all) of the time, we do not
have any contact whatsoever with the authors we review beyond
a publicist or agent.
We cannot forward your letters, or give you the address so
you can write to your favorite authors. Even if we had the addresses,
it might be unethical of us to send you (who we know nothing
about) the address (what if you're a stalker?) This is not meant
to imply that we have never personally met or corresponded with
one of the authors reviewed on our website. All book reviews
are the opinions of the book review writer, and this is not meant
to imply that there is no personal influence or what some snide
commenters might call "bias" in said book reviews.
We strive to be professional and ethical in all of our work.
But luckily for you, we do know how you can contact your favorite
authors.... you need to look in the title page of the book you
love for the publisher's address. The publishers of the books
have up-to-date addresses on all of their authors (they have
to, to give them their royalty checks!). Usually, there is a
"snail-mail" address for the publishing house, and
you can write to your favorite author via the publishers, who
will forward your letter. Do it sort of like this:
c/o Publishing House A
1234 Main Street
NY, NY 10001
Some publishing houses also have a link on their company website
so that you can send e-mail. A very few authors put their email
address out there for anyone to find, or have an official author
website you can use. Use a good search engine www.mamma.com
or www.google.com come to
mind, and see what you can find.
Now, I can't promise that your author will write back-- some
of them do, but a lot do not. So don't get your hopes too high.
Q: I would like to write for your site, but I have to be paid.
How much do you pay?
A: Read the contributor's page carefully,
and you'll see that at this time, the site does not pay anything
at all for its writers. This is truly a labor of love for all
of those who work here, and while we hope that someday someone
will find us and give us lots of money, so we can pay our contributors,
today is not the day. We basically are a place for you to get
some lines on your resume/vitae, or for you to do it just for
the sheer joy of seeing yourself online (in print). So if that's
not enough for you, sorry, but you'll have to find the paying
folk out there somewhere else. And usually, those people contact
you-- so your chances are not so hot if you're not already doing
Q: Will you review my book?
A: If you are a woman writer, we will try to assign your book
to one of the reviewers who regularly works on the site. Since
it is strictly voluntary, we can't promise you will be chosen.
But you will need to send a copy of your book to our book
reviews editor, who will be glad to take care of the details.
Send her also a copy of your press release, or a blurb about
the book for her to use in generating interest. Not all books
sent to our reviewers will be reviewed. Sometimes, the book is
just not content-wise what we're looking for.
Q: I've tried to contact "X-reviewer/scholar" who
is a writer for your site, using the address that is on the page
but they do not respond/ I get a bounce-back. Can you tell me
how to contact them?
A: Unfortunately, sometimes the people who write for us don't
keep in touch when they change addresses. This doesn't mean we
want to remove their work, which is still valid. But it does
mean that we probably do not have their address to give to you.
Please feel free to tell
us if there are any authors we have linked to on the site
whose addresses are no longer working and we'll try to fix the
problem, but cannot promise anything.
Q: I'm looking for information on [insert author's name here].
Have you ever heard of this author, and do you know where I can
A: Chances are, if we know of a site or information on the
author you're searching, it is already on the site. Check the links pages. If there is no link
to the author, we don't know about it. Also try searching
the site for the author's name. If you come up with zero
hits, having spelled it right and everything, we probably can't
help you find anything. There are millions of authors out there
and we cannot pretend to even scratch the surface. Try a good
general search engine like mamma
or google. You can also
try our listserv-- sign
up, ask the question of the group and see if anyone on the list
knows something the rest of us don't. But again, we can't promise
anything. Then, if all of those things fail, try the library.
Some authors who are less well known end up in reference books
like the Contemporary Literary Criticism, or Contemporary
Authors or the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Ask
your reference librarian for help finding these sources.
Q: Will you tell me the theme of [insert book name/author's
A: I can spot someone trying to get someone else to write
a paper for them a mile away, and no, I will not tell you your
homework assignment. The point of the homework is for you to
learn how to do it yourself, so figure it out. Talk to your teacher
if you do not understand the assignment.
Q: I am a teacher and believe that one of my students may
have plagiarized an essay on your site. Will you help me find
which essay it is?
A: Actually, we will be glad to help you find this info out,
but there may be a quicker way than writing
to us (which you can try also). Search
the site for a specific phrase you believe may be unoriginal
work. The search engine is indexed for all the words on the pages,
so if it's on our site, it should find it. But if it doesn't,
you will need to give us specific info too. Don't just say "a
paper on Toni Morrison" because it could be here, or it
could be something that we have linked to that doesn't belong
to us. Tell us exactly what you suspect, and we'll try to help
you track it down.
Q: I'm writing a paper on website resources and would like
Why you chose the clip art on your site? Why the color scheme?
What is your purpose? Who are you?
A: The last two questions are answered on the About
Us page, so look there for general stuff, and in the individual staff writer biographies
for specifics on individuals. But as for the color scheme-- I, the editor/creator, like it. I
think that black is a cool neutral background, and it looks great
with photographs, which we use on the site a lot. So, white text
is the natural choice for the background. There is also this
cool bit that a French Feminist critic (Helene Cixous) once said
about women's writing (ecriture feminin) being done with
white ink (a metaphoric mother's milk replacing black ink). So
I like that we, as a feminist project, write in white ink in
a new medium.
The links are different colors that I think also look cool
with black-- with a sophisticated "grey/blue" thing
thrown in there. It may begin to change based on the commercial
art which is the "masthead" for each issue. I haven't
So, finally, the main answer to this question on color is
personal taste. You may not like it. But I don't really want
to look like the corporate site, white background, standard default
link colors, etc. So I did it my way.... if you don't
like it, make your own site but I might make fun of your colors
too. Someone once said that "there's no accounting for taste"
and that's true... but just because your taste doesn't run with
mine doesn't mean you are right and I am wrong. I find the colors
readable, and most others do, too. But I understand that some
browsers have trouble reading the colors, so if that happens
for you, please feel free to write for a copy of the info you
can't access, in a different format. Realize that this might
take a while, since I have other things to do too, and may not
be able to drop them all for your project of the moment. If it's
hard to read, try scrolling your mosue along the entire page--
which essentially highlights the page. It may make the text easier
to read, it may not.
As for the artwork/clip art, in my basic theme, I try to represent
the multiple faces of feminism, the multiple types of women who
read and write for the site. I try to have clip art that looks
like a lot of different races, ages and types of women. I use
the book covers of the books we review cause they are usually
attractive. I use photos of the authors, when I can get them,
that they provide.
Q: I think you are/ your writer is pretty. Will you exchange
email with me?
A: If you saw my, or any other of our staff photos, you should
have read also the biography that says whether I/we are married
or not. In my case, I am married, happily, and not interested
in exchanging info with anyone. I don't know of any of my writers
who are interested in this sort of thing either-- that's not
what this site's purpose is. Go look for a lonleyhearts
page or something like this
one. Do not write to ask because you will not be answered,
and you'll get put in my junk email file. Why the heck would
you write to someone who didn't specifically put themselves out
there as interested? And why choose a site like this? Go to a
#$%@* chat room.
Q: I want to be a writer/go to college/get a scholarship/
get an agent/ learn to write poems/fiction/etc. Can you help?
A: These questions are answered on my
Q: I would like to be published on your website. What do I
A: This one is answered on my writers' FAQ
Q: I'm an artist/photographer and would like to have my work
appear on your site as a graphic or "cover art." How
can I do this?
A: There is more info on our artwork here.
Q: Can I use the photo you have on your "insert page
here" of a woman reading a book for my website? It's nifty.
A: You can read about how we find and pay
for our art here. MOST of our art is NOT available for anyone
else to use on another website other than Women Writers. If you
use anything that we purchased commercially, you do NOT have
our permission and are violating copyright law. We paid for it,
you should too.
If your question is REALLY not answered here, see the
bottom of the contact page for
more info on how to contact us.