Book Blurb: Called to the Deep, Debut PNR Romance Novel

I can finally share the book blurb to the adult mermaid/siren paranormal romance I've alluded to querying in past posts! Ahhhh, my debut novel. CALLED TO THE DEEP is an adult mermaid/siren romance with a touch of speculative fiction. The story is set in a modern, fictional coastal Maine town called Haven Cove. When Killian … Continue reading Book Blurb: Called to the Deep, Debut PNR Romance Novel

How to Give & Get the Most Constructive Beta Reader Feedback

If you ask someone to beta read for you without direction, you might not get back the most focused, constructive feedback. Beta readers need to know exactly what to look for. With mine, I circulated a list of specific questions that they could refer to for guidance. Those questions should prompt beta readers to dig … Continue reading How to Give & Get the Most Constructive Beta Reader Feedback

Reactions to Romance Tropes

The books I tend to obsess over, and gush with glee and excitement about the most, have fantastic romances in their story-lines. I'm so hooked on them that I can't tear my eyes away and stay up way later than I should to read the next swoon-worthy scene. What can I say? Love does it … Continue reading Reactions to Romance Tropes

Balancing Feedback From Multiple Beta Readers

It's important to stay positive and confident about your work, but you also need to be realistic and honest about its weaknesses. With multiple beta readers looking at a manuscript, there's the potential for varying, possibly conflicting opinions. Not only do you have to balance their opinions and weigh them against your own, you have … Continue reading Balancing Feedback From Multiple Beta Readers

Recharging After Submission Rejection

Querying has been an odd mix of confidence-boosting and emotionally draining. In March, I pulled my manuscript out of the querying game to rework it based on agent feedback. It was an emotionally hard but necessary decision. The general consensus was they were intrigued by the setting and concept, but the pages didn’t draw them … Continue reading Recharging After Submission Rejection

Romance Genre Podcasts to Fall in Love With

Galentine's and Valentine's Day are coming up and romance has become one of my favorite genres. I love that it doesn't shy away from topics like consent, healthy/unhealthy relationships, and body and sex positivity.  And I love seeing non-male characters getting equal "page time" and having their feelings, experiences, desires, and pleasures explored and valued. … Continue reading Romance Genre Podcasts to Fall in Love With

A.H. Lewis: What Qualities to Look For In Good Editors, Beta Readers & Writers

Written by: A.H. Lewis & Desiree What qualifications should beta readers have to give writer’s the most helpful feedback on their work? What qualifications should writers look for in a good editor? What qualities does a writer need to bring to the table to forge strong, productive working relationships. Are they willing to properly compensate … Continue reading A.H. Lewis: What Qualities to Look For In Good Editors, Beta Readers & Writers

Alexandra S.: Editors & Beta Readers Beware, Difficult Writer Red Flags, Dealing With Harassment

By: Alexandra S. I started editing resumes and essays when I was in undergrad, which then gradually transitioned into beta reading and editing creative fiction. I’m not sure if Desiree sent me her work-in-progress novel first, or I sent her one of my fics, but I know we've been working together since 2015! I joined … Continue reading Alexandra S.: Editors & Beta Readers Beware, Difficult Writer Red Flags, Dealing With Harassment

Constructively Working With Writers When Final Draft is in Bad Shape

A large piece to being a good writer is being a good critical thinker, and that's a difficult skill to teach. If you are an editor or beta reader trying to help out a creative writing client whose final draft is in bad shape, or are a writer that's received negative feedback on your work, here … Continue reading Constructively Working With Writers When Final Draft is in Bad Shape