TTT: Backlist Must-Reads

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Backlist Books on my TBR

These are older books that I have no excuse for not reading yet. I know a backlist book can be anything more than a year old but I’m talking about much older books today.


Have you read any of these?

What’s the oldest book on your TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.

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Writing As Explained By New Girl

Writing as Explained by New Girl!

The Overactive Imagination

Howdy!

It’s time for another “Writing As Explained As” post since I continually promise to do these and then disappear from the face of the earth and don’t…heeeere we go!

Also I’ve been re-watching New Girl. It’s one of my favorite shows and it’s totally applicable to writing, as I have now discovered. Also, I could basically do this with Nick Miller gifs. 😉

Also, so for whatever reason the first two gifs didn’t copy in the same size as all the other ones, and now I hope you feel as awkward as I do about that.

Trying to take author photos like…

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When someone asks you why you’re still working on the same story after several years of pain and misery I mean loving the heck out of your WIP…

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Admitting the fact that your characters have run away laughing and setting your outline on fire…

When someone tells…

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New Books and Free Stuff!

Hi All! Summer is upon us, bringing with it some awesome weather and some awesome new books! Check out this latest release by Ryan Lanz! Also, scroll to the bottom for FREE ebooks!
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Shadows of Tomorrow features two thrilling, post-apocalyptic short stories, Only One Mask and The Price of Art.

 

Only One Mask:

Nob only trusts two things: his knife and his breathing mask–the latter because he has to.

Ever since the world went crazy, he feels like he’s always on the run. Running from those who want to kill you. Running from those who want your food, your water, and your only way to safely breathe.

Tricia once said he takes things too seriously. That was a long time ago. Now taking things seriously keeps him alive.

He’s used to taking what he needs without an ounce of guilt, but now he’s faced with a moral dilemma that threatens his survival. They’ve never given him pause before, but this time, it’s different.

 

The Price of Art:

Jordyn prefers art to friends.

She remembered thinking that growing up, and it’s still true today. Art never let her down. Art never made fun of her. And art never tried to kill her.

She didn’t ask to live in a world where paintings are used for firewood, but that’s her reality. She’s constantly told to think practically–humanity can’t afford anything but the necessities to survive anymore. But she fought back and finally found a community who lets her keep every scrap of art she finds, anything to protect them from being destroyed.

But the day finally comes where she might have to choose between her survival and the survival of her art. The world isn’t a nice place anymore, and hard choices have become a part of everyday life.

Jordyn makes her choice.

 

Read it for only $0.99:

For a sample and more, visit the launch page!

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In other news:

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Because this month is my birthday month, Return to Royalty and Return to Gexalatia are free on Smashwords for the whole month of July! Yay!

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Simply go HERE for Return to Royalty and enter the promo code NM43C and go HERE for Return to Gexalatia and enter the promo code KT77G! Both codes are good until August 6, 2018.

Happy reading!

The Differences between Copyediting and Book Coaching

Andrea Lundgren

Recently, I’ve been refining my editing process, discovering just what my word processing software can do (and that, yes, it can convert and make things Microsoft Word can still use, despite being made on a Mac).

Gone are the days when “editing” meant printing out documents and marking them up with all sorts of little marks until the author needed a “cheat sheet” to interpret it, so I thought it might be helpful to show an example of copyediting and book coaching on the same passage. The story is one of my own that I haven’t touched for fourteen years (and it shows), so there was plenty to edit and make comments on.


As you can see, copyediting involves finding ways to improve the writing without overhauling anything. There are no suggestions to not “tell” this, no mention of what readers might find implausible. It addresses grammar, eliminates redundancy

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How to Write a Book Review

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

Book reviews are a fact of life. If it’s your book being reviewed, they’re nice if they’re positive and decidedly unpleasant if they’re negative. Every book is going to have a few negative reviews. That’s a fact of life because people are different, have different interests, enjoy different things, and will relate to your work in different ways.

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