Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

"In my younger and more vulnerable years, my publishing mentor gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. An editor, he said, must be the associate publisher of his own books." - Calvert D. Morgan Jr. Title: What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing Editor: Peter … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

Common Query Mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected book queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. I discussed them afterwards with the director as well. The rejected queries all had a theme with repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common mistakes: Misspellings I'm not … Continue reading Common Query Mistakes

What writing classes always are…

I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Those are only intro classes. Writing classes, also known as writing workshops, never have over eighteen people usually. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we … Continue reading What writing classes always are…

Are we human?

Writers are always strange people. Perhaps we're not even people at all. Not many people - in the whole world - can create an entire world from nothing. Something as small as a 65 character text could turn into a 70,000 novel without even trying. But are we human if we're gods of our own … Continue reading Are we human?

Writing adverbs

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” - Stephen King Adverbs have become some of the most hated words in the English language, especially for writers. Although, it's hard to see how adverbs slow stories down sometimes. Popular adverbs include: particularly usually simply quite little finally accidentally fast As a tip, duplicate the story … Continue reading Writing adverbs

Time is essential

There’s a great quote when it comes to creativity. “Someone told me to be selfless But we are helpless without attention So if no one's paying attention Then does my voice get to your headphones? You start thinking about the clock ticks You get nervous, you start stressing So how am I supposed to fit … Continue reading Time is essential

Book review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Spoiler Free)

“I'd been upstaged, demoted from protagonist in my own drama to comic relief in my parents' tragedy” ― Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Title: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Author: Alison Bechdel Genre: Nonfiction Pages: 232 Publication date: June 5th, 2007 Publisher: Mariner Books Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic may be known as one of … Continue reading Book review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Spoiler Free)

Popular Related Writing

For only a couple of hundred years, being relatable in writing has been the popular norm. But popular themes have their price. Now, writing about popular culture - while is good for readers - can get your piece hidden from the world in a sea of thousands of other written popular culture. One relatable piece I’ve … Continue reading Popular Related Writing

Powerful small words

My mind buzzed over and over in a spinning spiral. Lately, nothing had gone right in the writing world. My blog was mildly floating above the water. I hadn't been able to work on my novel or short stories in a while. My work I put out for critics got the same reply: "good, but … Continue reading Powerful small words

A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Eventually the editing has to stop, right? All the hours to days to months to years of editing that one certain story cannot keep going on. It's difficult to stop. It's more difficult to get your stories out there and known however. Many literary agents love to accept writers that already have a name for … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications