ARC Review — The Art of Sidewalking

Title: The Art of SidewalkingAuthor: Cole FeldmanGenre: PoetryPages: 133 pagesPublication date: September 11, 2021 Thank you, Cole Feldman, for giving me an ARC copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! The Art of Sidewalking's blurb lured me in after talking about seeing the mundane as art. Magic in everyday tasks is an … Continue reading ARC Review — The Art of Sidewalking

ARC Review — The Encanto

Title: The EncantoAuthor: Arthur Swan Genre: Adult Sci-fiPages: 280 pagesPublication date: October 14, 2021 In The Encanto, Wayob wants to break free from a Mayan artifact but causes death instead. The story follows three groups—Gray and Claire, Detectives Parker and Hernandez, and Ashley York—as they interact with the artifact and Wayob. Their stories never fully mingle, … Continue reading ARC Review — The Encanto

ARC Review — Amethyst

Title: AmethystAuthor: Jesse Nolan BaileyGenre: Horror / FantasyPages: 152 pagesPublication date: September 24, 2020 Thank you BookSirens and Jesse Nolan Bailey for giving me an ARC copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! In Amethyst, Rashell's brother is missing, and no one seems to care except her. She sends out a letter … Continue reading ARC Review — Amethyst

ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?

ARCs—advanced reader copies—are important in the publishing process for every writer. The one major thing to do before publishing a book is build hype. You want your readers to jump up and down with excitement for your upcoming book. Quite similar to how many people freak out every time Marvel releases a new trailer. And … Continue reading ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?

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)