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An Update from this Writer … Also ~ What Makes A Good Book?

Hello folks!

First, let me apologize for not paying as much attention to this blog as I should have these past weeks. Things have been really crazy, but good. I thank God for that. It caused me to take a step back and give myself a very much needed break.

Read some books that have shocked, teased and made me laugh. And yes, in the coming reviews you might come across these words a lot, ‘this book surprised me’, ‘this book turned out better than I thought’, or something along that line. I selected a few from publishing houses, while others were from authors that personally contacted me.

And yeah, two authors finally got me to become YA fans—Rektok Ross and Emily Camp, the review for their books, ‘Prodigal’ and ‘Here Comes the Light’—such lovely reads will be coming shortly as well. You can follow my reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari and on my blog. And because I post on Scripity.com, you will find them there as well.

Also took a break from researching Paris for my next book, ‘To Lie Once’, Book #2 of the ‘Child of Grace’ Series. Like I said, I needed time away from my writing and the virtual world.

And now for wonderful news: I’m finally setting up a business that has been on my mind for a while now. In the coming weeks, I’ll officially become a blurb, premise and back cover copy constructor. Yes, writers if you’re about to self-publish or approach an agent/acquisitions editor, and you need a blurb/back cover copy for your book, or a neat premise to present to an agent/acquisitions editor during your pitch, I can construct one for you. In a very short while, I’ll make the website public and open the business.

If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen my tweet that announced I’ve gotten some feedback from my editor, Amber Stokes. She’s such a wonderful person to work with! I’ve often heard how authors squirm and cringe when working with their editors, but not me. When I first got the feedback and I saw the numerous lines and crossed-out words, I literarily gasped. But when I read through Ambers comments, my oh my, I could see how well and beautiful my baby, To Die Once, could turn out. Before choosing my editor I set up certain principles that I would stick to, and working with Amber has proved them true. And here I pass them to you if you’re willing to accept:

  1. While there are lots of good editors out there, not every one of them is a good fit for your work. Find one that understands you, your genre/style, and your message, so that they don’t destroy your true voice. Very important!
  2. If your editor is a good fit for your work, s/he is definitely on your side. NEVER take the underlines, side comments and crossed-out words, personal. They want your work to be impeccable and as healthy as it possibly can be.

And now, for my next …

~ WHAT MAKES A GOOD BOOK? ~

A good book will always do one, some or all of these:

  1. Put a smile on your face.
  2. Pull a tear from your eyes.
  3. Tickle you and make you laugh out loud!
  4. Give you a good food for thought to ponder on.
  5. Make you grow as a person.
  6. Put a sparkle in your eye and cause you to sigh in a dreamy way!
  7. Make you wish for the stars!
  8. Make your heart do some flips and somersaults!
  9. Teach you something that sets you free!
  10. Cause you to rush for another good book afterwards.

There you have it!

I hope you find this list as fun as I did. The books I read most recently caused me to think. And after years of reading, I put them all together and drew out this list.

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