What I wish I saw more in books

I’ve read countless books and loved them, but I also feel that there are parts of life that many books don’t mention. There is so much that doesn’t make it to the bookshelves. As a disclaimer, most of the books I’ve read are YA fiction, so this is mostly criticizing that genre. But some of … Continue reading What I wish I saw more in books

Common writer mistakes #9

Welcome back to another Common Writer Mistakes! This time is over: #9 - Overusing character names Lately, I've seen a few writers overuse character names. They would use a name almost every chance they could. Here's a fictional example: John walked over to Laurencia with the biggest smile on his face. He turned with his … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #9

Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)

“I picture the shark's grotesque face. I see her trying to wring the life out of Ailesse. She isn't majestic like the alpine ibex or beautiful like the peregrine falcon. She isn't even charming like the fire salamander. I won't mourn to see her dead. But does that mean she deserves to die?” Title: Bone … Continue reading Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)

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

Writers will never run out of stories to tell

After every concert I go to, I notice more how artists are all different—unique—even if they play the same songs. For example, no one ever sings "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" the same way. They all put their own twists and spins on it. If you don't believe me, try it. Click on … Continue reading Writers will never run out of stories to tell

Book review – Flash Cards (Spoiler Free)

“To compare spring to a temple    to say a tree is a god both are illegitimate metaphors but metaphors is all I have” Title: Flash Cards: Selected Poems from Yu Jian's Anthology of NotesAuthor: Yu JianTranslators: Ron Padgett, Wang PingGenre: PoetryPages: 144 pagesPublication date: September 28, 2010Publisher: Zephyr Press Lately, I've been looking more … Continue reading Book review – Flash Cards (Spoiler Free)

Should you go to AWP? My 2020 AWP experience.

I did a poll on Twitter and found that most of my followers don’t know about the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference. Or maybe you’re curious about going. Since I went this last March, I’ll let you know about my experience. Pricing For national conferences, this is one of the cheapest I … Continue reading Should you go to AWP? My 2020 AWP experience.

Book review – Gatekeeper (Spoiler Free)

“People act as if they no longer know me / I feel as if I'm speaking from inside an error” Title: GatekeepeerAuthor: Patrick JohnsonGenre: PoetryPages: 96 pagesPublication date: December 10, 2019Publisher: Milkweed Editions At AWP this year, I stopped by the Milkweeds booth at the book fair, and Gatekeeper caught my eye. Some pages inside … Continue reading Book review – Gatekeeper (Spoiler Free)

Dear literary agent

Dear literary agent, I wish we all had more time in the day. We could all use the extra hour or so to get everything we need done. But I promise you, it doesn't take that long to write a sentence or two. To make a short list. To say, "Hey. I liked the query, … Continue reading Dear literary agent