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What I’m currently reading
I’m over halfway there and still thoroughly enjoying it! I know the footnotes aren’t to everyone’s tastes but I quite like them. Having said that, the ones that take up half the page annoy me a little, and because they’re in a much smaller font progress is slower than I’d like it to be. I know I could skip them but it wouldn’t feel complete if I did, so I’m struggling through the longer ones anyway 😛
I’m hoping to finish it this week, or more likely early next week, and then something short is in order I think!
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.
Yup, still reading this one! I’m not making as much time for my theory reading as I want to, but there’s just not much left by the time I’ve worked my way down my to-do list. I’d like to finish it this week and move on, but who knows? It’s “just” (*ahem*) theory reading. No point getting stressed over it.
Editors always tell novice writers that the first few pages of a manuscript are crucial in the publishing process — and it’s true. If an editor or agent (or reader) loses interest after a page or two, you’ve lost him or her completely, even if the middle of your novel is brilliant and the ending phenomenal. Noah Lukeman, an agent in Manhattan, has taken this advice and created a book that examines just what this means, and I have to tell you, it’s one of the best I’ve read. Continue reading
What I recently finished reading
I did manage to read one book, at least! I treated myself to The Manningtree Account as a reward for finishing the first edit on my draft, and it was one worthy treat <3 Because it’s a novella it didn’t take me long to read (two to three days is a short amount of time for me, okay?), and it didn’t terrify me as I feared it would! :’) It’s more unsettling and disturbing than outright terrifying, and made for a brilliant first read in this genre.
My review is already up on Goodreads.
1646 – A time of English Civil War, when life is cheap, death common and superstition consumes the hearts of God-fearing folk. The life of a healer is precarious, dwelling in the shadows of normal society. Ostracised, their time running out as the self-appointed Witchfinder General scours the countryside for the Devil’s whores…
2016 – One dark night, one sleepy town, one family gripped by terror. The EAPI paranormal team are called to investigate dark poltergeist activity. But, as the eternal night finally loosens its grip, it seems that some evil deeds are never forgotten, reaching out from beyond the grave to exact their revenge…
What I think I’ll read next
This is still my next planned theory read, I just need to finish The First Five Pages first! I’ve no idea what my next fiction book will be. There are so many books on my tbr shelf now that it’s hard to choose! Perhaps something by Neil Gaiman? Hm…
Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.
In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!
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