Category Archives: Reading

Five Ways to Help Your Favorite Authors

So, as you may have heard, Angela and I have published the next books in our thesaurus series: The Urban Setting Thesaurus and The Rural Setting Thesaurus. Though we’ve been through this process twice already, it’s been almost 3 years since … Continue reading

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Win, Win, Win! Stuff Your Stocking With Writerly Goodies

Becca and I love the holiday season–everything is colorful and cheery, the house is filled with cinnamon and ginger as we flex up our baking muscles, and we get to take time to tell you just what you mean to … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Buying Books, One Stop For Writers, Reading, Stocking Stuffers, Uncategorized | 105 Comments

Mastering Words: Ways to Evolve as a Writer

Each day, we seek to put our best foot forward. We shower, dress for the day’s activities, style our hair. We plan, organize, gather our things, and check the mirror before leaving, making sure to pluck stray fluff off our … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Critique Groups, Focus, Reading, Time Management, Writer's Attitude, Writing Craft, Writing Groups, Writing Lessons, Writing Resources, Writing Time | 20 Comments

Kids and the Decline of Reading, Part 2: What We Can Do As Authors

In case you missed it, I posted last week about the decline of reading among kids (particularly teens), and how we could head that off at home. Some good ideas were generated, and I came away from the discussion with a particularly … Continue reading

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Kids and the Decline of Reading, Part 1: What We Can Do At Home

As a mother of a 5- and 6-year-old, I’m always curious about reading trends in the kid world, and how to get children to like reading. I know that reading is on the decline with kids, but I was still … Continue reading

Posted in MG & Kidlit, Reading, Uncategorized | 23 Comments

10 Editorial Steps From the Agent “Call” to Published Book

I am ever so excited to hand the reins over to the fabulous Martina Boone, author of Compulsion, book 1 in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. There’s a few reasons for this. First, if you don’t know Martina, well, … Continue reading

Posted in Agents, Book Review, Guest Post, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reading | 41 Comments

Becca’s Favorite Reads of 2014

For some unfathomable reason, my library keeps no list of the books I’ve checked out—which is really annoying when I want to reference a book in a blog post or refer a good read to someone else and I CANNOT REMEMBER THE … Continue reading

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Workspace Pictures & Our 2015 Charity Selection

Boy, we had are some great pictures come in from our 100,000 Book Milestone Giveaway. It is so neat to peer at your work spaces, meet your pets and see your smiling faces in all of these pictures. Too, the … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Contests, Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Positive & Negative Thesaurus Guides, Reading, Uncategorized | 19 Comments

5 Steps To Find Your Book’s Ideal Audience

There’s nothing quite like seeing a book with your name on it. The beautiful cover, the weight of it in your hands, the pages of your creativity bundled into a package for readers to enjoy. It sits o the shelf–maybe … Continue reading

Posted in Buying Books, Marketing, Promotion, Publishing and Self Publishing, Social Networking, The Business of Writing, Uncategorized | 42 Comments

Introverts, Incredible Reviewers & Flawed Heroes

I know it’s only Tuesday, but what a crazy week! My kids are off school for exams, so I’m taking them to see the dentist, doctor and to get their eyes tested, plus I’m trying to finish all the necessary … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Character Flaws, Character Traits, Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Uncategorized | 22 Comments