The Literary Ladies – never again feel alone in your writery world.

by Ash on April 6, 2011

Over a million years ago, my friend Lee at Moms Without Blogs asked me to write a book review. I was nervous about it because, well, I’m a horrible liar. Lucky for me though, author Nava Atlas did not disappoint. So when I discovered Ms. Atlas’ newest project, I was over the moon when she offered a review copy for me to enjoy.

And thoroughly enjoy it I did.

"The Literary Ladies"

What the publisher has to say: 

In The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life, acclaimed author Nava Atlas presents twelve celebrated women authors and draws on their diaries, letters, memoirs, and interviews to show how they expressed their views on the subjects of importance to every writer from carving out time to write, to conquering their inner demons, to developing a “voice,” to balancing the demands of family life with the need to write. Atlas provides her own illuminating commentary as well and reveals how the lessons of classic women writers of the past still resonate with women writing today. This beautifully illustrated book, filled with more than 100 archival images, is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to write, no matter where they are on their creative journey.

What I have to say: You too Louisa May?! No way!!

This informative book provides incredible history, perspective and inspiration from the likes of Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf. It also offers confirmation that yes, all writers are similar creatures. We all have doubts. We all have worries. We all have rejection letters. Even the ones who eventually made/make it Big Time.

I was a little concerned to discover how many of my thoughts mirror Ms. Woolf’s, but then relieved to notice I also have a lot in common with Willa Cather, L.M. Montgomery and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Not too shabby.

Think of it less as a book, more as a therapy couch, and I want to send a copy your way. Not mine, mind you. It’s full of yellow Post-its pointing out words of wisdom that I will devour once again when I hit another wall in my NANO revision project.

For the record, that’s daily.

But just the thought of Agatha Christie agreeing with me that the best time to plan a book is while doing the dishes is enough motivation to keep trudging through the cow patties.

Leave a comment if you want to be tossed into the random number generator (glass bowl/youngest’s hand). Winner receives a brand new copy of The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life, as well as a brand new copy of the first book I reviewed for Ms. Atlas – Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife, a sassy, tongue-in-cheek look at how to “feed” the love of your life. It’s hilarious. FYI – Nava can be found on Twitter at navaatlas2

Good luck!

And for those of you who are not the lucky winner, do your writer psyche a favor and get a copy of this book. It will seriously reinforce your love for the craft.

(Contest ends Monday, April 11, at midnight Texas time – that’s Central for the rest of y’all. Winner to be announced Tuesday, April 12.)

P.S. I miss you guys like a husband looking for a jar of peanut butter. Hope all is well.

XO – Ashlei

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy C April 6, 2011 at 5:58 am

Oh, pick me!! This sounds fantastic. I do want to know why you and Erin and I were not included. An obvious oversight.


Kir April 6, 2011 at 5:59 am

Oooh I would love this book , inspiration and motivation are always on my list of things I need to keep writing among the very talented women I read every day. 🙂


Galit Breen April 6, 2011 at 6:30 am

*Raises hand*


Because I want to win, I miss you too, and I couldn’t possibly love terms like, “miss you guys like a husband looking for a jar of peanut butter” more! OMG, do I ever love you! XO


Cathy Webster April 6, 2011 at 6:45 am

Peanut butter, car keys, wallets, shoes, income tax forms from last year, hydro bills, testicles, spectacles, really cool books by Nava Atlas, etc.


J April 6, 2011 at 7:15 am

So nice to see you back. Missed you.


Mel April 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Nice surprise to read this blog. Would love to throw my name in the bowl, the book looks amazing.


Jessica Anne April 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm

That book looks great! I’d love to read it.


Swizz April 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm


And in the meantime, a couple of new books will help to make me feel better. :o)


Cheryl @ Mommypants April 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm

If you say it’s good, then it’s good. Would love this book!



Amanda Hoving April 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

Oooh…sounds like a great book! (Tell youngest I have a purseful of Dum Dums, and I like to share.)


Theresa Sonoda April 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

No need to throw my name in the hat, since I was a big winner not very long ago. And what will I do with the gift card I won? Why, thank you for asking! I will buy ‘The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life’ of course!


Jessica April 8, 2011 at 6:00 am

Oh, I want it! Great to see you blogging for a few minutes, hope you check back in every now and then with more great lines just like the peanut butter one.


Melanie April 9, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Count me in! This writer/mamma could use all the inspiration she can get it so I definitely want this book.

Hope you are doing well.


Melissa B. April 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

I’m always in the mood for a good read…and, rest assured, I’ll pick up this little gem if I don’t win it! 🙂 Thanks for the chance. Plus, I just happened to tune in today because I’ve got another political offering for you…I know you just can’t get The DC Follies out of your system, now, can you?


varunner7 April 11, 2011 at 5:55 am

Sounds like a really great read. I so need that right now! 🙂


Varda (SquashedMom) April 11, 2011 at 6:27 am

Count me in please, would love the book. Thanks!


Debra Elliott April 11, 2011 at 7:09 am

I would love to win a copy!


Ada April 11, 2011 at 8:04 am

Sounds like a great inspiring read. I’d love a copy!!


Kelly April 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

Looks like a great book. Thanks!


Alexandra April 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

I would love this.



Tracie April 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

I SERIOUSLY want to read this!!

Also…you are awesome! That is all.


Lynn April 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Wow! Great blog! Glad I was led over here from The Red Dress Club. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome sounding book.


Jackie April 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

What a great giveaway!!

I think that you should pick me!!


Mad Woman behind the Blog April 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

If you’ve read my writing, you would take pity on my readers and pick me. I need all the help I can get.


Lisa Taylor April 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

This is a book I was no doubt destined to find! Louisa May, Agatha! (My childhood favorites…) I’ve just written a post about Louisa May actually – and how she “made my childhood bearable”. This is a lovely give away. So glad I found your blog. Off to explore 🙂


Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama April 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I would LOVE to win a copy!


Rita @YippyMomma April 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Book sounds amazing! Would love to get a copy!


Frume Sarah April 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Oh…to spend time between the covers with others who cherish the written word. How delightful that would be!


Lydia April 12, 2011 at 12:02 am

Popped over from Red dress club, and I’d love to win this- because I’m always on the look out for new inspiration and it sounds great.
(And I’d like to second the “you are awesome”, because you obviously are! Glad you are back.)


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