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?

Common writer mistakes #3

#3 - Repeating words for emphasis In some cases, repeating words helps. "Please, Elie," I begged. "You have to do this. You know how much it means to me. Please." See how the 'please' is repeated? It didn't seem to overdo the dialogue, because it was separated out by two full sentences. It felt smooth, … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #3

Book review – This Splintered Silence

"I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it’s even happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once under too much weight, and without warning." Title: This Splintered Silence Author: Kayla Olson Genre: Sci-fi, Mystery Pages: 368 pages Publication date: November 13, 2018 Publisher: HarperTeen I knew I had … Continue reading Book review – This Splintered Silence

Book review – The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications (Spoiler Free)

“Even if you haven't formally studied English grammar, you know countless aspects of grammar as an English speaker. You would never say or write "I are hungrily very," no matter how many hours had passed since your last meal. Not all questions of grammar are that simple, of course, but many tangles are easily resolved … Continue reading Book review – The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications (Spoiler Free)

Quiet now, pay attention

My university is always quiet when people leave and that’s when you notice things. You’ll find broken, empty branches, hiding behind the leaves. Or the discolored rock that has been there for at least five years and will be there for another ten. You’ll notice black paint peeling off the railing because the school only … Continue reading Quiet now, pay attention

What I noticed after 5 sessions at an editing conference

It's strange when you think about how words matter the most to us, but yet we don't talk. We sit still by ourselves. Where's the best place to see without people nearby? We pull out our laptops, phones, and anything else we can distract ourselves with. I mean, we're surrounded by our people yet we … Continue reading What I noticed after 5 sessions at an editing conference

A writer’s journey (part seven) – dead stop

It's been a while since I wrote one of these because I've been at a dead stop. I have multiple projects going at once, so it's hard to make a lot of progress in such a short time. I've been editing a query, which has gotten better. I've been going through my novel once more, … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part seven) – dead stop

Repeating themes mean…

I went through all my posts on this blog and found that I keep writing about being creatively exhausted. I don't know when this started, but I have about five or more posts about it. They all seem relevant to when I wrote them. I say something different a bit each time, but they're all … Continue reading Repeating themes mean…

One of the greatest mistakes

I've mentioned that beta readers are useful on here before, which most of them are. But some can be harmful. A beta reader edited my novel a couple of years ago. He didn't read through it all though, but instead tore it apart and asked me to write it again. I thought through his advice … Continue reading One of the greatest mistakes