Posted in Personal, Reading, Writing

How to Help Authors

From personal experience, I’ve discovered that gaining recognition and creating an audience as a new author – especially as a self-published one – is borderline impossible.

So, in order to help out new authors, I’ve created a short guide on some important things you can do that they’ll definitely appreciate.

Let’s begin!

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Posted in Tags, Writing

New Year Writing Goals

Beautiful People’ is a project created by a book blog that I love (Paper Fury), aimed at writers. Every month, they post a list of ten questions for people to answer, designed to help you get to know their characters – their quirks, their flaws, their personality, and who they are. Occasionally, there are groups of questions aimed at the writers and their writing progress, rather than just what they’re writing about.

For this blog, I’m going to be answering a group of questions. I believe that this group is the January 2016 group (I updated the years in the questions so it fits in with the current time), and I’d love to see everyone else’s responses to these questions. I’ll put the complete list of questions at the very end of the blog.

Let’s begin!

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Posted in Personal, Writing

Why I Write

It’s currently National Novel Writing Month, so I thought that I should post at least one thing that acknowledges it. It had now been acknowledged. Time to get to the purpose of this post.

A few weeks ago, I asked some of the Movellas about why they write, and the responses were quite interesting. In honour of writing month, I thought I’d share some of those reasons.

So, let’s begin!

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Posted in John Green, Reading, Review

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green [Review]

(A note before we begin: I started reading this book yesterday, and finished it today. I wrote this review today so everything is a first impression while the story is still fresh in my mind. My thoughts might change over time, but these are the ones I have in this moment.)

(I’m also trying out a new way of reviewing.)

It’s been a while since I’ve read a ‘new’ John Green book, but this one was definitely worth the wait.

Sixteen-year-old Aza is pursuing the mystery of a missing billionaire, and there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake, so her best friend Daisy is eager to investigate. As much as Aza wants to be part of the mystery and present in her new relationship with an old friend, she’s trapped within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

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Posted in Beauty in the Breakdown, Personal, Writing

I Rejected a Publishing Contract

I mentioned this in my last post – Bookish Facts About Me – but I thought I’d talk about it in a bit more detail in it’s own post.

Some time in either March or April, I submitted the first three chapters of my novel ‘Beauty in the Breakdown’ to a publishing company. At this point, I had already self-published the book, something which I thought would come up as an issue with any company, but I still wanted to try anyway as I can take down the book at any point.

The company liked the chapters I submitted to them and I ended sending them the full manuscript. At the end of April, they offered me a publishing contract.

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Posted in Reading

Best YA Book Quotes

I apologise in advance if you’re not a John Green fan.

Anyone who isn’t familiar with YA novels may just think that they’re nothing but cheesy romance stories – to be honest, so did I, at first.

But we all know that that’s not the case as you’ll often come across a quote in a young adult book that won’t leave your mind.

Here are some of the ones that are still stuck in my head.

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Posted in Christine McCullough, Reading, Review

Love to Hate by Christine McCullough [Review]

Love to Hate is a LGBT+ romance novel by Christine McCullough, originally published on the writing website ‘Movellas’ in 2015 but published as an eBook in 2016.

The book focuses on Cyrus and Haydon, roommates in Sharpe’s Boarding School. Cyrus has spent a majority of his life going from boarding school to boarding school, always being the new kid, and he has no reason to expect things will change at his newest school. Rather than trying to make friends, he has made his peace with being alone. However, Hayden is hell bent on breaking Cyrus’ icy exterior, not being put off by his attempts to discourage friendship.

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Posted in Reading, Review, Sarah Pinborough

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough [Review]

The Death House is a horror novel, published in 2016 by English author Sarah Pinborough.

The book focuses on Toby, a young boy living in England at some point in the future. He leads a normal life until he is marked as a ‘defective’ by a simple blood test. He is sent away to the Death House, a boarding school for other children who are marked as ‘different’ by their blood. Everyone is terrified and no one is sure what is going to happen to them. Their lives are monitored by nurses for any changes in their health. Anyone who shows deteriorations is sent away in the night to the sanatorium. They never return.

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Posted in Beauty in the Breakdown, Personal, Writing

I wrote a book!

If you follow me on social media, you might have seen that I’ve been planning on self-publishing it for a while. Now, the story is finished, meaning that this little dream is finally becoming a reality. The book is now available for purchase on Amazon. Here is what it looks like:

Since I haven’t worked out the best plan for promotion yet, I decided that I would do a tag so I can explain the book further to anyone who is interested.

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