It’s Monday once more! I had a long tiring week, but I learned a lot! The New York Pitch Conference was moved online from March because of Covid-19, so I had 8-hour days of Zoom conferences Thursday-Sunday. I kind of have mixed emotions about everything right now, but I’m trying to remain positive and take everything as a lesson. I haven’t been reading as much this week…but managed to finish the book I started last week.Continue reading “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR”
Hello again! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I’ve been back at work, so I’ve had a bit less time to read, but I’m enjoying socializing with my coworkers and customers again. I can be a very introverted person and the time off has been a gift in some ways – for me to pause and get back to the things that bring me joy. I’ve been doing more writing, blogging and crafting than ever! But I still enjoy the occasional interaction. I really miss my Wednesday Writer’s Guild meetings at Barnes & Noble. Alas, Zoom meetings just don’t hit the same…Continue reading “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR”
Hope everyone is doing well! My Wifi has been down two for two days, so I’ve taken self-isolation to a whole new level! Thankfully, I’ve gotten a lot of reading and writing done in the meantime and the Wifi works again as of this afternoon.Continue reading “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR”
It’s Monday! Borrowed this meme from Ali @ Our Book Boyfriends , who borrowed it from a long list of other bloggers. This meme is an opportunity to update everyone on what I read last week, what I’m reading now and what’s on the old TBR pile. And also, to connect with others in the book community.Continue reading “It's Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR”
There comes a time in every writer’s life where they’re asked to write a synopsis of their book. Not to be confused with sales copy (which is persuasive marketing to get readers to buy your book) the synopsis discloses a book’s entire narrative arc. It divulges to an agent or publisher what happens in your story, from start to finish. And it reveals all the twists and surprises that are held back from your reader. A synopsis needs to convince an agent or publisher that your premise is exciting and marketable. It assures them that character actions and motivations make sense. On the flip side, it can reveal plot flaws, lack of structure or hackneyed or cliched ideas.
The dreaded task of writing a synopsis is not fun or easy, but necessary. Most agents or publishers will ask for a synopsis (in addition to a query letter and manuscript sample) before considering taking on a book. Unfortunately, there is no one “right” way to write a synopsis, but the general consensus is that it should be 500-700 words, single-spaced. So how do you convey everything about your book in a modicum of space?Continue reading “How to Write a Novel Synopsis”
It’s that time of year again! Time to post my favorite reads from last year. 2019 wasn’t the best reading year for me – I fell ten books short of my Goodreads reading challenge of eighty books. But I also read a lot of great books! Here are my five-star reads from 2019!Continue reading “Favorite Reads of 2019”
June is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean your LGBTQIA reading list has to end. Here are some of my favorite LGBTQIA books to keep your pride going all year long.Continue reading “Rainbow Reads: Pride Month Picks!”
I’ll probably die with a giant list of T.B.R. (To Be Read) books. I’ve mostly come to terms with this. One lifetime is simply not enough to devour all of life’s stories. In some ways, there’s even something comforting about having a Scherazade’s stockpile of tales. If you’re a reader, you’ll always have a friend. You’ll have always have new stories to look forward to. And you’ll never, ever run out of words.
The problem is…knowing when to give up.Continue reading “Life is Too Short: Learning to D.N.F.”
Ezekiel Yusuf Moran is 99 years old. He has been many things in his near-century of life – a son, a farmer, a friend, a lover, a doctor, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a homeopath, a soldier and a French Résistance fighter. But most of all, Ezekiel has been a seeker. He seeks truth and the opportunity to speak his truth. He seeks communion – with his soul and spirit, with the natural world around him, with his friends and family. He seeks knowledge – from books, from people, from the world and from his own self.Continue reading “Ezekiel: A novel by John Fanning”