One Writer’s Journey

March 16, 2018

Reading: Why Authors Need to Do It

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:32 am
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Lately I’ve been fiddling around with the prewriting I need to do for a cozy mystery.  Although I love cozies, most of the series that I enjoy have been established for a while so I’ve made a point to check out books from some newer series.

Last week I picked these books up at the library and have already read two. I noted that both POV characters were women of about 40. They are both divorced. Neither one of them has children at home. They both own or manage a shop.

Coincidence or trend?  Because these things could be trends if that’s “industry wisdom,” my term for what various people have decided readers want. We all know how that goes.  “Teen won’t read anything longer than X number of pages” became “Harry Potter has shown us that teens will read longer books.”

But it could also be that the people who gave me book recommendations have narrowly defined tastes. If that is the case, there could be much more variety out there.

The only way to find out is to read some more.  My reading list includes:

  • Avery Aames who wrote the Cheese Shop Mysteries.  Another shop!
  • Rett MacPherson wrote the Torie O’Shea mysteries which I dearly love.
  • Amanda Lee wrote the Embroidery Mysteries.  Hobby or shop?  I’ll have to see.

I also have a massive convoluted list that I printed off the cozy mystery blog. I’m going to have to pick through it because somehow they don’t all look like mysteries.  Ah, well.  The search is on!  It’s a good thing that I enjoy reading.



May 21, 2014

Writing Advice from one of the Greats — Jane Yolen

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:44 am
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I love it when I find inspirational videos from big deal authors.  Here’s a fun one from Jane Yolen that touches on such a wide variety of topics including:

  • Why you should both read and listen to your work.
  • How to better deal with rejection letters because even Jane gets them.
  • How to work from a critique.
  • Why you should write what you want to write.

And, because she’ll say it so much better than I would, here’s Jane —

I’ll have to see if I can find some more of this kind of video.  If any of you have any favorites you’d like me to share, let me know!



August 6, 2009

Teens and Those Electronic Gizmos

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 2:16 am

teenIf you’re writing a YA, you may not want to have your teen characters twitter their latest info to the masses.  Why?  Because, for the most part, teens don’t.

They don’t twitter, that is.

While 25% of all internet users are under 25, the number for Twitter falls to 16%.  As far as teens are concerned, not all trends are created equal.  You might want to keep that in mind if you write for the YA market.

Read the entire article here.


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