The Art of Book Reviews: Where to Post Them

Now that you’ve written up your masterpiece or blurb or essay or snippet of a review you need to share it with the world! But where exactly should you post it? Although it seems rather straight forward there are things to consider when it comes to sharing your review. Things like audience size, “foot” traffic, […]

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The Art of Book Reviews: How To Write A Satisfied One

You’ve slipped the bookmark out from between the pages, closed the back cover of the book, and released a pent up sigh that’s been held in for over 50,000 words. It was good. Oh it was real good. Satisfying in every way that it needed to be. It touched all the right places and maybe […]

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The Art of Book Reviews: How To Write A Dissatisfied One

You’ve read the book and it’s left you feeling something… whether or not you can put your finger on what that feeling is right away doesn’t matter. You aren’t happy. You disliked the book. You couldn’t get all the way through it. Or maybe the ending let you down? That’s OK, not everything is going […]

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The Art of Book Reviews: How To Structure One

The basics of a book review is very nearly a throwback to your elementary school days filled with book reports. Except no one is judging or grading you and you get to choose whatever you want to read and it DEFINITELY won’t be Where the Red Fern Grows because the dogs are fine, OK?   Anyway […]

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The Art of Book Reviews: Why You Should Write Them

You’ve had a great experience at the grocery store with a clerk who’s helped you locate the African Jasmine needed for your latest Pinterest recipe and they were patient, outgoing, and respectful. They went above and beyond to help you so, in turn, you’ve decided to write a little blurb on a comment card to […]

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Artists: Know Your Value!

I’m going to make this straight to the point. There are a few reasons for the saying “starving artist”and one of those reasons is the common exchange of doing work for exposure. Often this is exposure given by a big name company so the opportunity seems amazing for the artist because of all the traffic […]

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The Art of Criticism: How to Apply It

My only bit of advice? Don’t take it personally! This is the biggest, most important piece in this whole post. Whether the criticism is in favor or against your writing, not matter what, don’t let it go to your head or heart. When we finally gather up our courage to share our work with others […]

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The Art of Criticism: Five Types and How to Handle Them

I’ve been writing since I was a kid just like many of you out there. And like you, I’ve shared my writing with my community whether it was my parents, siblings, friends, internet forums, writing groups, or professional editors. And, like you, I’ve had my run-ins with all different sorts of feedback and personalities.    […]

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The Art of Criticism: How to Be Constructive

  I recently had the keen, stinging displeasure of being critiqued in a social media discussion for one of my writing prompts. It was a rather painful experience that took me some time to shake off. While I like to claim I have thick skin and can take the brunt of constructive criticism, I honestly […]

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Write Honestly: Five Ways To Overcome Your Biggest Censor – You!

I have a confession to make – writing the nearly G-rated love scene in my novel was the hardest thing I’ve ever written and I’ll tell you why. I’m afraid to write honestly. I’m afraid of what my mama or my daddy will think. Or my grandparents or my friends. Or my aunts who I […]

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