Category Archives: Book Review

Writing Feedback: Should We Seek It Out?

As most of you know, Becca and I have been writing and publishing for some time now. Many thing have changed in the industry, including how a book reaches the shelf. Thankfully the slush pile of doom is no longer … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Character Arc, Characters, Critiquing & Critiques, Motivation, One Stop For Writers, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reader Feedback, Reader Interest, Reading, Revision and Editing, Show Don't Tell, Story Structure, Tools and Resources, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Groups | 4 Comments

HELP! What Do I Do With My 1st Edition of The Emotion Thesaurus?

As the expanded 2nd edition of The Emotion Thesaurus hits the shelves, we realize we’ve created a conundrum for writers upgrading their copy: what should they do with their first edition? We love the original Emotion Thesaurus and know you … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Book Review, Buying Books, Contests, Critique Groups, Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Reading, Uncategorized, Writing Groups | 13 Comments

We’re In This Together: How To Help Other Authors Succeed

A common query Becca and I get is, “Why do you do what you do?” It’s a fair question, because in order for us to coach writers through our books, speaking, and our One Stop for Writers site, we’ve had … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Buying Books, Marketing, Promotion, Publishing and Self Publishing, Social Networking, The Business of Writing, Uncategorized | 33 Comments

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

Posted in Book Review, Marketing, Promotion, Setting Thesaurus Guides, Uncategorized | 11 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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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

Prologue Done Right

I’ve read a lot of good books this year, but my favorite is Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray. I was so taken with that story that I picked up another of her books: Out of the Easy. At that … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Reading, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 20 Comments

Love YA? Visit YA Series Insiders!

Today Becca and I are wandering off the beaten track of writing to hop onto the path of YA reading. We are super excited to share with you a new group forming that is sure to become a wonderful and … Continue reading

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Need Online Exposure? Asking Bloggers For Help

Recently I posted a tip on Facebook regarding the wrong way to contact bloggers for exposure after being “cold call” emailed myself. The cliff note version is that a marketing person sent me a form letter asking for book exposure, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Marketing, Platform, Promotion | 38 Comments