June 27, 2012
I first became interested in this book, because I like the idea of a person having the power to heal; it’s mystical and magical to think about. But I wasn’t prepared for the excellent, well-written adventure, of both dark and light forces, that I experienced when reading Guarding the Healer by Gabriel Beyers.
The book carried me along a journey with the characters as they experienced love, pain, grief, sadness, and joy. The story is in constant motion as Silas runs from his loss of a loved one and a haunting demon. The demon will not let Silas go far and is determined to make him agree to his terms, or else Silas will lose more loved ones. Hence, Silas, and his new acquaintance, Tommy, are on the run, stopping only momentarily to rest and help people.
I was in shock when I finished reading the book, from my pure satisfaction during the entire reading experience and the unimaginable ending. In addition, this is a pristinely written and edited book full of detail and excitement. I could hardly put it down. I was blown away by the quality of the story, and the talent of the author for writing such a good story.
Guarding the Healer touched my heart and soul. It enveloped me into the arms of intrigue and adventure that is the storyline. I recommend this book to readers of dark fantasy and paranormal. I assure you, it will take you on the ride of your life and you will not be disappointed!
June 19, 2012
Since I’m very close to finishing Freelance Writing Guide, I thought about the next manuscript I will start working on. I decided that my next book will be on eating right and exercising. Then I remembered an old manuscript from 2010 about my weight loss journey while following a low-carb diet and exercising. I decided to bring it back to life, so last night I updated it. Freedom from Fat is the working title. It is a compilation of journal entries, and blog posts from my health blog, that are tied to my weight loss journey. Last night, I added many more journal entries, plus most of the blog posts from my health blog, which brought the word count from 7,000 to 24,000. I now have a sizable manuscript to work with, which feels great! I’m just so happy I saved that document, even when I fell off the wagon with my weight loss program. I still continued to blog about health at least once a month. The time frame of the entries is from 5/2010-present. I will be done with the first draft when I have lost all the weight I want to lose. So in about one year, I will likely be done. That’s not too long of a time to wait!
June 10, 2012
How to Write a Great Query Letter by Noah Lukeman is an excellent reference guide for writing an effective query letter. Lukeman is a long-time literary agent, so he knows what agents want to see in a query letter. He is very detailed about how to properly construct a query letter and he covers all the bases.
In the book, Lukeman talks about the importance of preparation by thoroughly researching agents. He discusses the best and worst query letter formatting techniques. Then he breaks apart the query letter, paragraph by paragraph, and explains key features to include and mistakes to avoid – for both fiction and nonfiction. Lastly, he goes over final issues, including common mistakes writers make with their query letters. The end of the book includes a checklist for writers for when they craft their query letters.
Even though I’m a self-published author, I can see how this book is a great resource for new writers interested in seeking an agent or publisher. It is evident, that by following the suggestions in the book, the writer will develop a highly effective query letter that is clear, concise, and direct, as well as full of the important traits that agents are looking for and free of nonessential information. I highly recommend this book to writers to read before they query any agents or publishers.
This is a free kindle book and can be found here. I hope you will find it useful too.
June 8, 2012
So You Want to Write a Novel by J.P. Kurzitza is a book written for novelists who are struggling with writing their novel. This book provides an explanation, and the structure needed, for writing a great novel.
The book explains how to come up with a great story idea and create compelling character descriptions. It then provides two completely different story templates with descriptions for each section. It lies everything about writing a novel out on the table in detail so that a writer can create a great book.
Next, Kurzitza discusses the writing process in regards to the importance of proper planning. He also explains ways to break down the complexity of writing a novel into smaller, more easily manageable, parts.
I recommend So You Want to Write a Novel to new novelists, writers who are looking for a different way to structure their novel, and writers who are stumped in the novel writing process.
You can get your copy here. Happy reading!
June 7, 2012
Empower Your Writing: A Manifesto by Farnoosh Brock is an enjoyable nonfiction book for writers looking to learn how to write well. Brock writes exquisitely and optimistically, noticeably enjoying sharing her knowledge about writing with readers.
Brock believes in correct and effective communication, that clear writing will make people more successful, and that readers deserve the best. Therefore, she suggests to her readers to revise half a dozen times to make their writing the best that it can be.
Brock dedicates one chapter to explaining the importance of great writing. She then discusses ways for writers to understand their writing, techniques to improve their writing, and habits to sharpen their writing skills. In another chapter she goes over popular grammar errors to avoid.
Brock then gives tips to her readers to help them enhance their writing and editing skills. She speaks to her readers about finding their writing voices and even gives them a way to do so. This book is an explanation and demonstration of quality writing and it uses a unique angle and information not found in other writing books. The author’s voice and expertise truly shine through the pages of this book.
I recommend Empower Your Writing to new writers who are interested in gaining helpful knowledge about how to write well and creatively. Most people will enjoy reading this book.
Get your own copy here. Enjoy!