Tips from a literary agent reviewing query letters

I attended a Reedsy livestream that featured a literary agent. I got to see the agent go through query letters before my eyes! I decided to take what I learned the most and share it with y'all. Hope you enjoy! How to start your query If you are a debut author, he suggested going straight … Continue reading Tips from a literary agent reviewing query letters

Book review – Bottled Memories (Spoiler Free)

“He picked up the bottle And threw it down on the floor. He said, “I’ve lost all I can And I can’t lose anymore. This has all got to stop Before I end up dead.” Then he sat down again... And ordered “one more” instead." Title: Bottled Memories: A Journey through Addiction and Early RecoveryAuthor: … Continue reading Book review – Bottled Memories (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Light and Shade (Spoiler Free)

“It's easy to write / of eternal night / and to compose / flowery verses / about one's mortality / but many a poet curses / the reality / behind his poetry." Title: Light and Shade: Serious (and Not So Serious) PoemsAuthor: K. MorrisGenre: PoetryPages: 127 pagesPublication date: June 2020 K. Morris runs a blog … Continue reading Book review – Light and Shade (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Boy Oh Boy (Spoiler Free)

"You decide to order a new boyfriend. You don't exactly need a new boyfriend, not yet. Your old one is just fine. Sure, he's running a little hot these days, his fan whirs a little loudly, his memory a little slower than you would find on new models. But in all the particulars, he's serviceable." … Continue reading Book review – Boy Oh Boy (Spoiler Free)

Writing is hard…

Writing is hard and complex, because it's as subjective as it gets. Sometimes, someone will see the magic in what you wrote. Other times, no one will quite understand what's on the page. It's okay either way. But it's difficult for writers to see it like that. Sour reviews or rejections can make one almost … Continue reading Writing is hard…

Need some writer inspiration?

You may feel down or like you're getting so much rejection lately, but let me remind you: not everyone can create worlds from nothing. Not everyone can write words down in a strange way that makes others turn their heads and smile. Not everyone can create adventures with such particular details. No one else can … Continue reading Need some writer inspiration?

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)

Book review – We Are Okay (Spoiler Free)

“I wonder if there's a secret current that connects people who have lost something. Not in the way that everyone loses something, but in the way that undoes your life, undoes your self, so that when you look at your face it isn't yours anymore.” Title: We Are OkayAuthor: Nina LaCourGenre: FictionPages: 236 pagesPublication date: … Continue reading Book review – We Are Okay (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Helium (Spoiler Free)

“I know that our hands break things just as frequent as we can fix them. And we often forget that sexism is a family heirloom that we've been passing down for generations. As men, it is important that we start asking ourselves. What will the boys learn from us?” Title: HeliumAuthor: Rudy FranciscoGenre: PoetryPages: 96 … Continue reading Book review – Helium (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Mirror, Mirror (Spoiler Free)

"The princess had accepted her fate in an effort to make the best of things, but she refused to do so any longer. It wasn't till she was outside those walls that she'd realized the truth: the only one who could truly break her free was herself. That's why she was back. To claim what … Continue reading Book review – Mirror, Mirror (Spoiler Free)