ARC Review — I Rise

Title: I RiseAuthor: Marie ArnoldGenre: YA FictionPages: 320 pagesPublication date: August 2, 2022  Thank you NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair review! I'll start with my highest praise: I enjoyed this book more than The Hate U Give. I Rise is about a teenager—Ayo—dealing with racism and … Continue reading ARC Review — I Rise

ARC Review — Servant Mage

Title: Servant MageAuthor: Kate ElliottGenre: Fantasy NovellaPages: 176 pagesPublication date: January 18, 2022 Thank you NetGalley for giving me an ARC copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! In Servant Mage, Fellion gets taken out of indentured servitude without much of a choice. She is forced to promise that she'll help rescue … Continue reading ARC Review — Servant Mage

ARC Review — The Bone Way

Title: The Bone WayAuthor: Holly J. UnderhillGenre: Fantasy retellingPages: 162 pagesPublication date: June 26, 2021 I got an arc from NetGalley and Nyx Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for that! And honestly? I enjoyed reading this story. The Bone Way has a great premise and starts off in the heat … Continue reading ARC Review — The Bone Way

How much does editing cost?

As a writer looking for editing services, prices can get confusing. Every editor charges something different for many reasons. They have a variety of needs and bills to cover. They also have different levels of experience. Plus, it's not like everyone can edit at the same speed. Some editors are faster than others, and some … Continue reading How much does editing cost?

The book industry is top heavy, & what does that mean for us?

When you think of your favorite books, where are they from? Penguin? Hachette? HarperCollins? Or are you one of the few who loves indie books? I read from a bit of all four. But something I've noticed is that when I get excited about an indie book, no one knows what I'm talking about. They … Continue reading The book industry is top heavy, & what does that mean for us?

What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)

Confused about editing? Editing has many more forms than just "editing." There is "developmental editing," "copyediting," "proofreading," and more. At the ACES conference, I learned more about developmental editing. Developmental editing is about the bigger picture. It helps the writer with their plot, scenes, voice, structure, and more. This kind of editing cares about looking … Continue reading What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)

Small accomplishments

It's good to appreciate the small accomplishments in life. For example, I just finished copyediting my first novel for a publishing house. I hope everything goes well. I enjoyed working on the story.   What small accomplishments have y'all completed? It can never be too small.

Different types of editing: developmental

When you get into editing, you realize that there’s so many different types of editing. You can’t just say you’re an editor. Are you a developmental editor? Or line editor? Do you want to edit medical books or sci fi novels? An editor has to be as specific as possible to advertise themselves. The first … Continue reading Different types of editing: developmental

11 editing tips from a professional

At the ACES conference, one session had many editing tips for editors and writers. Here are some: Check all quotations (to see if it is a verified source) Don't ignore your inner voice (when it says something's wrong) Omit needless words Favor active voice (because we need passive voice sometimes) Edit out loud Advice is … Continue reading 11 editing tips from a professional

A writer habit

I always end up listening to people's words and writing them down. It's worse when I'm in class. I'll be writing notes or a blog down when I hear a great line to write down. My margins get filled with other people's words. They're diagonal and lopsided. I can't even remember where some come from. … Continue reading A writer habit