Bad book reviews

I've noticed recently that I haven't reviewed a book that I don't like on this blog before. I have a few reasons for avoiding it. I'm afraid of being too negative. I don't want to trash a work of art that I know the writer spent years on. I don't want to act as if … Continue reading Bad book reviews

Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

"In my younger and more vulnerable years, my publishing mentor gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. An editor, he said, must be the associate publisher of his own books." - Calvert D. Morgan Jr. Title: What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing Editor: Peter … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

NaNoWriMo writers, good luck

NaNoWriMo is coming up, which can be quite a stressful time for writers. If you haven't heard, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a writing competition where writers write a whole novel - 50,000 words - in a month. It's a great way to get a fresh draft out there. However, NaNoWriMo can be discouraging. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo writers, good luck

Difference in success

At an English Major panel, I got advice for success in life-after-graduation. It was a cozy room, stuffed with English nerds. Afterwards, I got to talk with a professional author. One of the first sentences she said was, "I don't agree with what she said during the panel." She pointed towards a CEO in the … Continue reading Difference in success

Writers everywhere

Us writers hate what we create We stare at page after page The words all mix together in the end There's thousands - no - millions of better writers But there's always a moment, a flicker When the world doesn't seem so mean We will all write something beautiful today Only a few people will know; … Continue reading Writers everywhere

Recommended books by professionals

During an English major panel that I attended in September, professional writers and editors recommended books. Those books were: Chicago Manuel of Style Elements of Style The War of Art These books are important to the writing and editing field. I've personally used the Chicago Manuel of Style many times before throughout my college career and … Continue reading Recommended books by professionals

Character names

The other day, Hank Green made a video, answering questions about his new book. I had to pause the video at one point, because he said something about writing characters that is so true. "You put in a placeholder and that becomes their name. And you can't ever change it because you cannot imagine that character … Continue reading Character names

Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

I got the wonderful opportunity to interview Brian H. Peterson. Brian is a multitalented artist that writes books, takes photos, plays music, and more. I wrote a book review about his book earlier this month. Thank you, Brian, for this lovely opportunity. What inspired you to write this book? Was it an event or did an idea … Continue reading Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

Common Query Mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected book queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. I discussed them afterwards with the director as well. The rejected queries all had a theme with repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common mistakes: Misspellings I'm not … Continue reading Common Query Mistakes

Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that's the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying "I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.” - Brian H. Peterson Title: I Give My Eyes... Author: Brian H. Peterson Genre: Nonfiction … Continue reading Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)