Blog Archives

Why should we highlight diverse authors?

Earlier today someone posted on a facebook group about horror books that they were looking for material by diverse authors. Entirely too many people got outraged in the sense of “I would never pick a book based on race/ethnicity/gender/etc.!” And

Posted in News & Musings Tagged with: , ,

"Grammar & Style at Your Fingertips" by Lara M. Robbins

Pros: A bare-bones, up-to-date, highly useful reference tool for grammar and style issues Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Alpha Books. Special note: This is a review of an ARC (advance reading copy), which is

Posted in Reviews, Writing Tagged with: , , , , , ,

"The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published, Fourth Edition," by Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer Basye Sander

This is an incredibly thorough book that will impart a very good understanding of the realities of getting published. It will help you to understand how editors, agents, and publishers view writers’ actions. It will help you to make yourself an invaluable part of a publishing team, which can only serve to enhance your career opportunities.

Posted in Reviews, Writing Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

"Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, 30th Anniversary Edition," edited by Jane Friedman

It’s really pretty simple. If you’re a beginning writer who would like to take on writing as a career or long-term hobby, you will more than get your money’s worth out of this book.

Posted in Reviews, Writing Tagged with: , , , , , ,

"The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Self-Publishing," Jennifer Basye Sander

Overall I prefer TWFSP simply because of its wealth of detail, but it isn’t the right book for every self-publisher, and certainly Sander provides a great deal of valuable information in “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Self-Publishing.”

Posted in Reviews, Writing Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

"The Well-Fed Self-Publisher," by Peter Bowerman

It’s difficult to imagine trying to make a serious attempt at self-publishing without this book right next to my computer.

Posted in Reviews, Writing Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

A discussion on writing style, publishability, marketability, and constructive criticism

As evidenced by my many posts on writing, as well as all of my reviews of books for writers, I have some strong opinions on the field. Recently I got into an interesting discussion with web comic author Ananth Panagariya

Posted in Writing Tagged with: , , , ,