Historical Fiction Roundup 2017

I got in the mood for historical fiction this year after devouring a bunch of fantasy last year and read one historical after another. I discovered I read a lot of books based on real women, which seems to be one of my favorite topics in historical fiction. With how many books I read, I decided to do a roundup of my top five favorite historical reads this year. Most of these have been published in the last few years and many of the authors have written other historical books, so if you like a book by one of them do yourself a favor and see what else they have.

Now here is the list in no particular order. I chose the books that sucked me in from the first chapter with stories that fascinated me. Below you will find fascinating stories with great voices that are often based on real historical women. Continue reading

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The Worries of a Lit Assistant

Writers become quickly accustomed to the sting of rejection. But they aren’t the only ones who worry about it. Editors also worry about how authors will respond to their edits. Literary assistants and agents deal with losing a possible client to other agents and getting told no from publishers. Or at least I think I’m not the only one who worries about these things. Ever wonder what worries a lit assistant? Now’s your chance to find out.

I work in publishing because I love books. I wanted to help authors share their books with the world. In fact, my love of working directly with authors is what made me want to switch from editing to the literary agency side. Sure, I work with authors during edits. But sometimes not so much during proofreads, especially if I’m the second round proofreader at a Big 5 or proofreading translated manga. But as an agent I can help authors in more ways than just editing. Continue reading