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.

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How to Write a Novel Synopsis

How to Write a Novel Synopsis

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?

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Favorite Reads of 2019

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!

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Comics for People Who Don’t Like Comics

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It’s almost impossible to walk into a movie theatre nowadays and not see a Super Hero movie emblazoned on the marquee.  The market is completely oversaturated with the latest Marvel and DC movies and doesn’t show any sign of stopping.  There were a select few that appealed to me – Wonderwoman and Black Panther, for instance.  But for the most part, it was hard to see myself reflected in the superhero universe.

The Superhero formula seems to be teams of 4 to 5 cis, white men and a single female (who invariably has a sexy, impractical costume unlike her male counterparts).  But there’s still hope for you if these comics (and their movie counterparts) don’t appeal.

Here are some of my favorite – female-led, diverse, LGBTQIA, and body-positive – comics and graphic novels.

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Rainbow Reads: Pride Month Picks!

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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.

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Life is Too Short: Learning to D.N.F.

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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.

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