So excited about this writing contest, hosted by a friend of mine (and I get to be one of the judges!). Check it out for a chance to win cash and get a short story published. 🙂
I've written about the overall formula for blurbs before, but today, I wanted to discuss characterization. It may seem like blurbs don't have enough room for characterization--that the back of the book snippet is just too short to do more than say who the main character is, what they're struggling with, and hint at why … Continue reading Why Characterization Matters in Blurbs
A great comparison of book reviews and editorial reviews and the benefits of each. Enjoy!
The Difference Between an Editorial Review and a Book Review
They both have “review” in their name, so are they just similar titles for the same thing? Or is there a difference?
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I frequently get questions from fellow readers for fantasy book recommendations. I have well-known favorites (The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit) but then my list goes off to books that are less known, so I wanted to share the best with all of you. These have been picked based on the … Continue reading The Best Fantasy Novels You’ve Never Heard Of
Title: Penny White and the Marriage of Gryphons Genre: Fantasy Book Blurb per Goodreads: A blast of wind flicked hair from my face. Long toes wrapped around my waist, claws prickling through fur and clothing as I was snatched from the ground. The dragon lifted me high into the grey skies above Llundain. Of the … Continue reading Book Review – The Marriage of Gryphons
I've been sharing the blurb coaching series from A Writer's Path Writers Club, and this is the next in the series. To learn more about how your blurb can be coached, click here. Enjoy! Name: Clayton Barnett Genre: Romance-Horror-SciFi Title: Cursed Hearts Original Blurb: Even with San Diego occupied by the Mexican Army, Katarina Sosabowski … Continue reading Blurb Coaching – Cursed Hearts
I've been sharing the blurb coaching series from A Writer's Path Writers Club, and this is the next in the series. To learn more about how your blurb can be coached, click here. Enjoy! Name: Felicia Denise Genre: Women's Fiction Title: Heartburn Original Blurb: Ten years ago, Quinn Landon never saw divorce in her … Continue reading Blurb Coaching – Heartburn
Title: A Merchant in Oria Author: David Wiley Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy (Novella) Book Blurb per Goodreads: Firion is a young merchant descended from generations of merchants. His first big break comes along when he sets out to trade with the wealthy dwarven kingdom of Oria. He has always dreamed of visiting this grand kingdom, having … Continue reading Book Review: A Merchant in Oria
I found this lovely gem in my reader this morning and wanted to share it with all of you. The whole article (found at the bottom of A Pilgrim in Narnia's post) is worth reading, but here are a few favorite quotes: "To be able to live a moment in an imagined world, we must … Continue reading George MacDonald Quotes on World-Building
Personally, I like fitting endings even more than happy ones. Sure, it's nice to know that the characters you've read about succeed. When you've invested time and emotional energy, you enjoy it when they make it out of their troubles and gain the victory they've sought for so long, but I don't like false endings. … Continue reading How to Write an Ending that Fits Your Story