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Books I Like

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There’s a new page in my header.

I was thinking today about Jill Sorenson’s Stranded with Her Ex, which is out this month, and remembering how much I loved that story when it came in. (And how much I love her next one, out later this year, Tempted by His Target.) These books, and the others I’ve written about on this blog, inspired me to pull together a summary list.

“Books I Like” will live in the blog header and link to all the posts I’ve created about books I like. This list won’t include all the books I like, of course, or even all the books I’ve blogged about. But it will include the books I have really, really liked that I also happened to write a blog post about.

Over time, the list should create a portrait of the kinds of stories that blow me away, and hopefully let aspiring writers decide if I might be the right editor for their project.

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1 stick + 1 stick = fire

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Increasing the number of things you have can be useful, but increasing the amount of knowledge you have can be transformative. This is what makes the ways a society shares knowledge so critical….

From Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky

Margaret Atwood talks about dead authors and the cheese sandwiches they will never again eat

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The “Dead Author” T-shirt by Margaret Atwood

At Book2Camp in February, I attended a discussion about book blogs attended by Margaret Atwood. (Just so you know, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite books, ever.)

I was a total shy fangirl, in awe that Margaret Atwood and I were in the same audience. And the highlight of the camp–not to knock all the wonderful conversations and ideas that were discussed about building reader communities, piracy and the definition of the book–was when Ms. Atwood carefully noted a list of book blogs and took special care in repeating “Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.” Teehee.

So when I was reading through Guy Gonzalez‘s blog and saw the link to Margaret Atwood’s TOC keynote address, I clicked, and watched, and laughed and took some notes.

I’d recommend anyone interested in writing, publishing, editing or ebooks watch the whole video, below. It’s worth your time.

Here are the key editor-related things I took away from Margaret Atwood’s TOC talk:

** The most important thing a good editor can do is provide encouragement and validation to an author, although not every day because that would become tedious.

** The #2 thing an editor or publisher can provide is a trustworthy name. So a reader may say, ‘if they thought it was good, then I will trust that there is some merit in the work, most of the time.’

** The final thing good editors provide is guidance, by catching unintentional mistakes via copyediting, line editing and developmental editing.

** If authors want to go the “United Artists” way, there will still be a place for editors. Trained editors are out there, and ready to be hired.

Here’s the talk:

Mandy Hubbard as Amanda Grace

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One of my auto-read authors, Mandy Hubbard, has a new book out. (If you haven’t read her charming and funny YA novel You Wish, go out and get it right now. I actually laughed out loud. And my eight-year-old neighbor loved it, too.)

Mandy’s new book is not light-hearted, as her other books have been. It is dark, complicated and thought-provoking. It’s one of those juicy books I craved as a teenager. Haunting and realistic. I read it as a submission, but, unfortunately, didn’t get to buy it.

Now, the book is out, from Flux, with the perfect cover. (You’ll see why, if you read it.) And a new author name, Amanda Grace. The book video is below.


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