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Netgalley Review: The Author’s Checklist

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Hello friends,

The Author’s Checklist is a nonfiction book that I honestly have no clue of which how to review. Y’all know that I rarely read non-fiction. Was this useful, as a guide for new beginners? Yes. I learned that I’ve been slacking in terms of editing my books and perhaps that is why no one is accepting my work, because of poor editing even if the story has good quality, if it’s that badly edited (or not edited at all) then it’s not going to get published no matter how hard I try.

I learned also that there’s a lot more work to be had in terms of publishing novels. I thought it was hard before-I hadn’t realized that there was even more tasks to be accomplished through editors, translators (if it got that far or popular as a book), copy editing, contracts, and a lot more paperwork than I realized. It’s a bit intimidating, actually, but I’ve started making plans in terms of how to get through the next stages of getting published.

This book was a strange read for me, yet I did like it. It was easy enough to follow along, even if it was slightly intimidating and uncertain at times in my finishing it. I’m overall giving this book a solid three out of five stars. And a warning to new authors that aren’t published everywhere-there’s always more work in writing involved than you think.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

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Fiction Vs. Writing

I’m attempting a different kind of post, a lengthy topic about reading fiction as opposed to writing it. I know most probably won’t be interested, but I’m giving it a shot anyway.

My main problem, regarding books, has been finding EXACTLY what I really want in reading.

I generally am getting better at finding books that hits all my happy points (women being awesome, historical romance, cool dragons, sarcastic male characters, and other such stuff), but then I think of a book idea and try to write it, but it doesn’t turn out the way I want, and I can’t locate the idea through the usual type of books I like reading, because it generally hasn’t been written yet.

Frustrating.

I remember scoring very well when discovering Elizabeth Wein and her books that deal with female spies (another trope I love), and loving it but striking out when looking for similar books. Goodreads only took me so far, and while Google also helps (to a point), I haven’t found much that are like the book I’ve read.

I really want to make a program that takes the scenes/idea/plot for the book, and have it written out for you so you don’t have to do much but dream.

Sadly, I am nowhere near being able to create such a fantastic device.

I guess the main point of this post is: is there a program/website out there that helps people locate books based on ideas of what you want to read? I have found a few that are helpful in finding books based on authors (include links), but aside from that…

I haven’t had much luck.

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Writing and Reading

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So I have this giant stack of lined paper that I’ve been trying to think up a story to write that’ll fit the length of how much paper I have. Any ideas, anyone?

Also, I’ve read a couple of books in the past day or so.

Books I’ve read:

The Jewel of the North-Peter King, which is a Jack London historical mystery that was better than I expected but not as good as I hoped.

I’m halfway through another historical that I’ll likely talk about later, if it’s good. If not, then I’ll just make a passing mention of it as I usually do.

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Thoughts on Writing

So I’ve been managing to write some short stories (and by short, I mean a couple pages or so) and I’ve been researching places to publish in my Writers Market manual that my sister got me for my birthday/Christmas sometime around there. It’s been an interesting couple of months, because short stories are easy, but not necessarily what places are interested in.

I’ve been rejected twice already, both of them online magazines (one of which was Asimov’s which was understandable, I didn’t think the story was good enough either but I still tried anyway). I’m debating about sending stuff in later, or just gathering all my short stories together and wrapping them up in a small short story book type thing?

At least I’ve actually produced more finished products this year than I have in the past couple of years, even if it’s not published!

Additional Thoughts: I’m also hunting around the internet for any blogs that might be interesting in regards to writing, research, and stuff like that. Anybody got any good suggestions?

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Fading Winter

With winter fading away, that means more days of doing outside things and less days of reading books. However, I did manage to finish that Nora Roberts book, and now I’m getting to finally read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I’ve been hearing a lot about this book, and now I can actually see if it’s worth all the hype that people are giving it. Anyone else read this book? Is it worth it?

On a side note: I’ve managed to finish writing a small short science fiction story. I’ll let you guys know if I manage to get it published. I’m looking forward to sending it off!

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The Best Compliments…

Is when I’m with my sisters and my mother and all of us are at the bar laughing and having a good time, while I’m writing down whatever stray thought I do, and a bartender woman comes up, reads my stuff because I’m too tuned out to notice her, and she says that I ought to be a published writer because she really liked the poetry that I wrote.

I love it when that happens (rare as it is)!

Overall, I had a good time with my family. My littlest sister made the best comment but the only thing I remember (and that’s only because I wrote it down) is her saying something about ‘it’s not fair for those with involuntary claustrophobia’. We ate some really good cheesecake, and we also learned some new music that all of us like (rare as that is, too).

Hope everyone else is having a good Saturday night!