First lines given – #10

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Jaya! She said: I absolutely love this first line. Here we go: And the gale came shrieking like a woman mourning the loss of her man, but you welcomed it … Continue reading First lines given – #10

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

Creative ways to promote your self-published book

At AWP, I ran into a lot of traditional publishing vs self-publishing. Self-publishing has some different perks and routes, especially when it comes to marketing. A few discussed their creative ways to market their book and themselves. And when I say creative, I mean creative. They gave out some ideas that I had never even … Continue reading Creative ways to promote your self-published book

Some NaNoWriMo advice

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be intense. If you've made it this far, congrats! Not everyone makes it. But I know the creative juices may seem sore or empty by this time. It can get hard to know what to type next. Well, here's some key points to remember: The story might not end … Continue reading Some NaNoWriMo advice

A writer’s inner fight

There are deadlines for my deadlines Should I set another one? Print the page out and mark it up Is one word the difference between Acceptance and rejection? A house or a home? A school or a dictatorship? What's the difference between Ninety-nine words and a hundred? Should I edit this another day? The deadline … Continue reading A writer’s inner fight

Which side of the story?

Stories get pieced together strangely. I can tell you a story about a hero. She saved many children by keeping them away from harm. She may have used violence to stop her enemies, but the children were safe at the end of the day. She gave the most she could and never asked for a … Continue reading Which side of the story?

Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

it only takes a second or two to look into their eyes and decide whether you're home or at just another perfectly decorated house   Title: Yesterday I Was the Moon Author: Noor Unnahar Genre: nonfiction, poetry Pages: 160 Publication date: March 27th 2018 Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers I got Yesterday I Was the Moon as a birthday … Continue reading Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)