Review

Podcasts for days! What’s your favorite listen?

I had a great time getting book recommendations from you in response to my Best of 2018 Reads newsletter, I thought I’d pick your brains yet again. But this time I want to know what’s in your ear-balls? There’s a slight chance I may have become addicted to podcasts. I like listening while I take a walk or clean the house or when the radio stations are sucking at playing music. Since there’s a podcast for pretty much everything, I …

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2018 Best Reads

I read 80 books in 2018. Since my Goodreads goal was 75, that makes me pretty happy. By read, I mean all the way to “the end.” If I give up on a book it doesn’t count toward my goal. Sometimes, if I’m slogging through a book, guilting myself to get to the last page, I’ll ask one of my writer friends for permission to stop reading. For some reason that helps. I make a point to read outside my …

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2017 Reads I love so Hard!

Jessica’s Notable Reads of 2017 It’s the beginning of 2018, so that means I had to log all of the books I read last year into my Goodreads account to see if I met my reading goal for the year. (If you’re on Goodreads find me and lets be friends, please!) My goal was to read seventy-five books—didn’t matter the genre. Graphic novels count, and so does listening to books on tape, but 95% of the books I read were …

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2017

This year was big. I signed with a major literary agency, did my first solo reading, went to my first writers’ retreat, sat on an editorial panel at a writers’ conference with a major acquisitions editor from Penguin (looks like I haven’t told you guys about that yet, but I’ll get that story out to you pretty soon), and finished a massive re-write of The Color Eater. Do you like how I snuck that last part in there? The part …

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Book Review-Arts & Numbers by Elaine Grogan Luttrull

I did a bit of extra writing for the Whispering Prairie Press newsletter this month. I’d read Luttrull’s book and found it extremely helpful, so WPP decided to include my review in this month’s newsletter. You sold your first piece of work! Hooray! Congratulations! Celebrate that check, because it is a major moment of creative validation. You have mad creative skills—skills with financial value. If you want to pursue your art/writing professionally it is important to understand what your talent …

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