My Ten Favorite Women Authors

In case you weren’t aware (I wasn’t until a couple years ago), March is Women’s History Month. So, in honor of the occasion, here are ten ladies of literature I think deserve some attention for their contributions to the written word in order, and with web links where applicable:

Five More Problems with the ‘Redwall’ Series

As you probably know, I am quite an admirer of Brian Jacques and his work. It has been a major source of inspiration for me in my own writing without a doubt. However, sometimes it is good as a writer to step back and take an objective view of the books etc. that we like,Continue reading “Five More Problems with the ‘Redwall’ Series”

Impression or Edition?

If you are like me, you’ve probably examined every page of some books up down and all around. One of the most interesting pages, of course, is that one with all the tiny print on it: the copyright page. Now, there is a lot to examine on that page, but in particular, I’m going toContinue reading “Impression or Edition?”

‘The Mistmantle Chronicles’ (Or the Perfect Fantasy Series)

The Mistmantle Chronicles by M. I. McAllister is quite simply the perfect fantasy series, in my opinion. It has all the classic elements–good vs. evil, a fantastical setting, memorable characters, etc.–but it manages to put them together in just the right order. This is not a review, though at some point I may well reviewContinue reading “‘The Mistmantle Chronicles’ (Or the Perfect Fantasy Series)”

Review: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ & ‘Through the Looking Glass’

These books by Lewis Carroll are classified in the genre of “nonsense literature”, and rightfully so. The author must have considered children to have very short attention spans indeed, as the scene changes every time you think you’ve got a fix on what is going on. The characters are irritably irritable, and the use ofContinue reading “Review: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ & ‘Through the Looking Glass’”

Marketing Matters: Age Ranges

Though it has always been my opinion that the best works are those that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age, not everyone is capable of writing that perfect story every time. As a result, we generally have to be a little more selective regarding our audience (see my previous post on “Defining YourContinue reading “Marketing Matters: Age Ranges”

Martin the Warrior: Worst Protagonist Ever?

N. B.-This post contains spoilers.Redwall is a great series by a fine author. It has a wonderful charm all its own that simply draws you in and allows you get lost in the depths of its vividly created world for a whole 22 books and beyond. Of course, it does have its flaws (as IContinue reading “Martin the Warrior: Worst Protagonist Ever?”

‘Little Women’: A Review

Louisa May Alcott’s signature work,¬†Little Women, is undeniably a classic. Though set in the mid-19th century, its themes and lessons are timeless, and its main characters unforgettable in the annals of great literature. It is, in fact, one of only two or three books ever to have brought a tear to my eye. Here IContinue reading “‘Little Women’: A Review”

Pitching to a Literary Agent Live: What It’s Really Like

A couple years ago, I attended the last annual Longview Literary Festival in Lee’s Summit, MO. It was an incredibly fun experience as always, but different from previous years in that, for the first time ever, I got to pitch a novel series to a literary agency in person! Here I am going to tellContinue reading “Pitching to a Literary Agent Live: What It’s Really Like”

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