The 10 Totally Made-Up Commandments of Querying

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. Since I’m currently querying and fielding nothing but rejections, I’d like to share the pain. Odds are good that some of you are in the trenches with me. The optional August question is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey? Querying. Avoid querying, if at all possible. No, I don’t mean that. It’s just the bitterness talking. Really, what I mean is: don’t query before your manuscript…

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Books That Lived Up to Their Hype

Watching a book get smeared all over popular culture is a bit anxiety-inducing for me. When a book has legions of adoring fans, I want to trust them. I really do. They must like it for a reason, right? It’s popular and everyone seems to love it. But will I love it? Is it too hyped? Does it deserve all the praise? Wait, did yet another person just rate it five stars on Goodreads? Every bookworm knows this feeling. It’s anticipation, mixed…

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TTT: The Shorter the Better!

Since I missed the last Top Ten Tuesday and the next one will be taken by the Author Toolbox blog hop, this TTT is going up now so you can pick it up any time you go by. It might even be on a Tuesday. The tag started on The Broke and The Bookish all the way back in 2010, but now lives at That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s one of the bigger blog hops I’ve found for the bookblog world and I…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Please Just Stop the Series

Slightly cheating for this week’s top ten, but I hope you’ll forgive me. Back in October I wrote a post for Books Rock My World that has a lot to do with the topic for this week. If you didn’t know I write for that site, now you do know. Unless you hated one of my articles, in which case haha, no, that’s totally another SE White. It’s a very common name. Don’t flame me. Anyway. Leaving a series unfinished is a guilt…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Travel Bug Edition

If a book is well written, you disappear into the world of the story, right? At least, that’s part of the magic for me. I love being whisked away to unreal worlds, or to a real place magically re-imagined, or just a plain old real city. This week, top ten Tuesday is all about the books that Awaken the Travel Bug in Me. I don’t have ten books for this list, mostly because I got carried away by whole geographical…

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Top Ten Tuesday, Best Character Names

To sign up or find other blogs participating, head over here to That Artsy Reader Girl.com. For Top Ten Tuesday this week I am shamelessly giving you some Harry Potter spam. I’m a proud Potterhead, and I’m always happy to show my love. Here are ten of my favorite character names from the Wizarding world. J.K. Rowling is particularly good at using root/Latin to imbue her character names with tons of meaning. I love how many hidden clues there are in all…

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Top Ten Tuesday With a Lovely Yellow Hue

Top Ten Tuesdays started in 2010 on The Broke and the Bookish  and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. Make fun lists about literary things using the topics provided, or go rogue and make up your own. Basically, if you’re a bookworm, come booknerd with us! My favorite color is yellow. It’s the color of sunshine, hope, happiness. It’s an energetic color and it makes me feel positive. Also, I’m pretty laid back, really value loyalty, and live for sweet buttery…

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Frequently Used Words in Romance: Top Ten Tuesday Post

Yay for finding new gems in the blogging world! Thanks to signing up for new mailing lists I found out about the Top Ten Tuesday blog posts. They looked like so much fun, I couldn’t resist. A place to let my inner booknerd shine? A way to geek out over obscure bookish things? AND an excuse to make listicles about books? Yes, please. If you’re interested in joining in, the link and explanation of how it works is here on That Artsy…

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Learn to Write Well by . . . Watching Movies?

Wait, what? Did I seriously just tell you to sit down and waste time watching a form of media that has nothing to do with meeting your word count goals? . . . yes. With some caveats. I don’t mean “watch a movie every day” or “ignore your writing to watch your favorite film” or “binge that Netflix show ’cause some random writing advice on the Internet said to”. Don’t do that. Media responsibly, and etc. etc. No, what I…

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