10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads

Happy Pride Month! There are a lot of awesome LGBTQIA+ books out there that don't get the spotlight as much. So, here's a list of some great stories (with their Goodreads blurbs) to check out. Amulet of Wishes — Rita A. Rubin The Guardians are the protectors of Aloseria. They are the keepers of the … Continue reading 10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads

Book review – Fire Becomes Her (Spoiler Free)

"Nowhere is it written in stone that you must love in only one way, only one person, only one time. You haven't missed your shot at love, because love isn't just one thing." Title: Fire Becomes HerAuthor: Rosiee ThorGenre: YA FantasyPages: 368 pagesPublication date: February 1, 2022 Fire Becomes Her is where 1920's glamor meets … Continue reading Book review – Fire Becomes Her (Spoiler Free)

How does a book become a book? – part three

If you missed the first two parts, here's part one and part two. #5 - Making your marketing plans Look at where you can submit your book to win awards. (I suggest the Writer's Market book for this. They list many places you can to submit to. They also come out with an updated version … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part three

How does a book become a book? – part one

Books become books in different ways, but they usually take the same general path. But how does that work? Here's a general sense from a manuscript to a book in hand. #1 - Decide trade vs self-publishing If you want to go into trade publishing, your next step is to get a literary agent. Once … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part one

One big tip for knowing how you’ve gotten a good editor

Editing is essential. As writers, we all need some type of editing. Even me, who is trained in editing, is not the best editor for my own work. There are mistakes that our brains cannot find in our stories, our children. So, editors become our biggest helpers. What's great is that some editors will give … Continue reading One big tip for knowing how you’ve gotten a good editor

Should we write what we read?

They say to write what you read, but I think that confines us in a way. If we only write what we read, must we always read something we love? I'd only read fantasy/sci-fi then, never knowing any nonfiction or poetry much. I'd limit myself the number of stories I dive into. My world would … Continue reading Should we write what we read?

Different type of heroes

The older I get, the more I enjoy stories without that fairy tale ending. Instead, they're more realistic. The hero becomes damaged by what he or she had to do. There's no simple life anymore. Everything has changed. Even if the overall is better, there's no perfect way to save everything. We ask this question all … Continue reading Different type of heroes

Keep on writing

A great writing quote I've found is from Octavia Bulter. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” ― Octavia E. Butler Writing is a craft … Continue reading Keep on writing

One day…

Just remember... We are one more day closer to getting our novel complete. We are one more day closer to publishing. We are one more day closer to becoming someone's favorite author. We can do this.

Writers can’t always write

Sometimes we can't write, and that's okay. Writing is a complex and draining process. It can be a brutal procedure at times when someone writes almost every day. Instead, it may be better to curl up into a ball with a warm blanket. Especially during a busy time, writing gets sore and tiring. Writing is … Continue reading Writers can’t always write