Book review – A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

“The most impactful thing you can do with power is almost always to give it away.” Title: A Beautifully Foolish EndeavorAuthor: Hank GreenGenre: Sci-fiPages: 452 pagesPublication date: July 7, 2020 I enjoyed the first book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, so I was excited to get the next one. The story continues not long after Andy … Continue reading Book review – A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

How does a book become a book? – part three

If you missed the first two parts, here's part one and part two. #5 - Making your marketing plans Look at where you can submit your book to win awards. (I suggest the Writer's Market book for this. They list many places you can to submit to. They also come out with an updated version … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part three

What credentials should you put in your query letter?

At the end of a query letter, it's important to write something about yourself. But...what do you write? Some people write about where they got their college degrees from. Or perhaps how long they've been working on this manuscript. But is that necessary? Let's find out! Degrees (BA OR MFA) Degrees are usually only necessary … Continue reading What credentials should you put in your query letter?

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

2019 writing goals

Happy New Year! 2019 is an interesting year for me already as I'm sure it is for you. I have an English degree now with new goals. Writing goals are always important to me. Even if I don't complete them, I get something in life to look forward to, to work towards. My goals this … Continue reading 2019 writing goals

Tips for self-publishing

Self-publishing allows writers to publish anything they want. But marketing is harder. That said, here's some tips to help self-published books be more marketable: 1) Make sure your manuscript is perfect Hiring a professional editor is the best way to go. It can be a lot of money, but it's a huge turnoff to find … Continue reading Tips for self-publishing

Are there not acceptable stories?

People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publishing companies don't accept cliché ideas since it's harder to market stories. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves Mermaids Character waking up at the beginning … Continue reading Are there not acceptable stories?

Internship’s best stories

For the past year, I was the nonfiction editor for the North Texas Review (NTR). I'm proud of every writer and artist that got accepted, whether for the journal or online. Here's some of my favorites from this year: A Girl Walks into a Neon Bar by AnneMarie SabatiniA Mini I-Don’t-Rememoir by Mallory MillerAnything but Peanut Butter by … Continue reading Internship’s best stories

Journey to publish

The last day of class was usually the day everyone bolts out the door when possible, but us writers stayed in our seats instead. “I’m just gonna talk about some publishing things for people who are interested,” our teacher repeated. I always called him Turtle, because he’s old, wise, and talks so slow. “You're not … Continue reading Journey to publish