If I had to pick my favorite overall book of 2018, the award would definitely go to Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. That book gripped me in a way no other book could compete with this year. The tension was magnificent and I loved the unique take on mermaids. Overall my adult reading was more varied than young adult this year. My top picks are in historical, horror, and science fiction.
My other Adult picks for 2018 include The Song of Achilles, The Lost Season of Love and Snow, Baby Teeth, and Adrift. A shout out goes to Semiosis and Circe. All of these books released in 2018. Continue reading “My Favorite Adult Reads of 2018”
Breaking into publishing is difficult enough even if you are located in NYC. Unfortunately for those of us not in NYC, open positions are limited and difficult to find. Below you will find a list of places who accept remote interns. If you are looking for a position I recommend checking the job board on Publishers Marketplace, Media Bistro, and bookjobs.com for new positions. Some agents will post on Twitter when they are looking for an intern.
If you know of any house or agency who accepts remote interns and are not already included below, please let me know so they can be added to the list. Continue reading “Remote Publishing Internships”
One of my recent reads was a spooky Victorian gothic set in a crumbling English estate in the countryside. I enjoy horror and creepy stories and I have a tendency to gravitate toward ones with historical settings. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell did not disappoint. I give it 4 stars and if you are looking for a good creepy gothic, add this to your list right away. If you are like me and find stories about anything doll-like horrifying then don’t read this one right before bed.
So what’s it about? Elsie has recently married into the Bainbridge family. Her husband’s family is marked by tragedy, including the death of countless Bainbridge heirs, but Elsie has also suffered from the gruesome loss of her father in the family’s matchstick factory. Elsie’s happy marriage comes to a screeching halt when her husband suddenly dies, leaving her as the owner of the Bainbridge estate known as the Bridge. The estate is full of eerie lifelike wooden dolls. Elsie is unnerved when she discovers one that looks just like her as a child. Her fears intensify when the dolls begin to multiply, first taking on the visages of past inhabitants and then tragic figures from her own background. Then the grisly bodies of the Bridge’s inhabitants begin to stack up. What at first seems to be a dark power haunting the manor could just as easily be Elsie’s runaway imagination bringing her fears to life. Purcell masterfully toes the line between these possibilities as she tells the story behind the lurking evil through Elsie’s experiences at the Bridge, her time spent in a psychiatric hospital after her stay, and through the 17th-century diary revealing the origin of the dolls. Continue reading “Book Review: The Silent Companions”
As much as I love books and reading, I also love board and card games. I can spend hours playing games like Ticket to Ride or Code Names. I recently came across an amazing game that combines my love of games and books and if you are a book lover who enjoys a good game, I strongly recommend Ex Libris.
In Ex Libris you are a library gnome competing to create the best library to become the new librarian. The game is 1-4 players. I’ve yet to try the solo mode, so I can’t say anything about the quality of it. The objective of the game is to create your library shelves. In order to do so you will have a few book types to focus on. You’ll want to avoid banned books, gain extra points for having a lot of prominent works, and you’ll also have your own specialty category to focus on. These categories are chosen randomly from the cards, so the cards change each time for these areas. In total there are 6 types of books. You have to shelve your books in alphabetical and numerical order. Continue reading “Board Games and Books”
Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I love my library. I moved from a small town with a small library to a city with a huge local library and I love it. I’m a huge reader but can’t afford to buy the large amount of books I read a year. My library keeps me on budget and lets me indulge without worrying about money. If I want to do some research for my writing, I visit the library to find out what I need. And the best part about libraries these days? You can “visit” without physically going to your library. I will have more in-depth posts coming later this year about how to get the most out of the library as a writer and published author, but for now here is a peek at how awesome libraries are.
My library has thousands of ebooks, which means I can hop on OverDrive and download some books or place holds or make returns without stepping foot in the physical library. Some books my library only has physical copies of, but I can check the catalog and place holds on my laptop or Kindle instead of having to go to the library. When my hold comes in they email me and I go pick it up. However, ebooks take the pain out of having to go back to the library to return. I like to walk to my library, so I’m less likely to check out material during winter when I don’t want to walk so far. In that case I stick to the dozens of ebooks on my wishlist. Continue reading “The Greatness of Libraries”
Meet author and past Pitch Wars 2016 mentee Anna Brittain.
You were a Pitch Wars 2016 mentee. Your manuscript FEMSLASH was a Contemporary LGBT own voices story. Do you plan to write more own voices novels?
Great question!! I think the thing about own voices for the people that are writing it is, it’s not just an identifier for our work – it’s a reflection of the world we particularly live in. I write to process things, so I can’t imagine not writing characters who share the same intersections I have.
In your Pitch Wars novel, by day, Iliana and Rhodes tear each other down to the studs as they compete for the same scholarship. By night, they unknowingly piece each other together again through their performing art school’s anonymous fanfic community. Do you have much fanfic experience and what made you decide to include the fanfic bit in the story?
Oh my gosh, yes. My first experience with fandom was Sailor Moon when I was 12-13. It was totally self-insertion Mary Sue shenanigans, but learning to draw anime and learning to write to contribute to fandom made Sailor Moon this completely immersive creative experience in my life during a particularly difficult period in my family’s history. Continue reading “Meet an Author: Anna Brittain”
If you are an author searching for an agent or publisher or even looking to self-publish, you might see advice telling you to be patient. If for some reason you haven’t read that piece of advice yet, let me tell you it now: You need to be patient. If you can’t be patient, you need to find ways to cope with all the waiting you will be doing and believe me, there will be a lot of it. Continue reading “Patience in Publishing”