Fall 2015 School Visit Booktalks


We’ve been lucky enough to dramatically expand our school outreach at my library this year. I’ve been behind on blogging everything, but here’s a list of the books I booktalked to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the fall (if you click on the book’s title, it will take you to my full Goodreads review). Coming soon: a blog post talking about how we set up these outreach trips, and how great they’ve been for us!

Nest, by Esther Ehrlich (5th). This was also a This Book is My Jam pick, because I absolutely loved this book. I was happy the kids asked about this, and I hope they loved it as much as I did.

SmekSmek for President, by Adam Rex (4th & 5th). A lot of the kids didn’t realize the movie Home was based on a book, so they were excited to learn that this was…

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Supernatural Hero, By: Eran Gadot


Supernatural Hero(Childrens Paranormal Fantasy)


Andy is the nerd everyone makes fun of. He’s really skinny, wears glasses and talks to himself, but he falls in love with the prettiest girl in the class. One day Grandpa dies and turns into a ghost. Then, Andy discovers a new power, he can see ghosts and talk to the dead.
Join Andy’s journey and find out how a nerd can become a hero.
Supernatural hero is a great children’s book with an outstanding story, for the whole family to enjoy. This book series will stay with you forever.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Supernatural Hero is an extraordinary story revolving around a wonderful boy named Andy. He has a rather sad life because he is ignored by his parents, bullied by kids at school and even by his own sister. But…he doesn’t let that bother him, just as long as…

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How to Edit Your Novel Like a Boss (And Stay Focused While You’re Doing It)

Vivien Reis

What do we want?!

To be published!

When do we want it?!


How do we get it?!


So you’ve finished your first draft and you’re super duper excited. What now? How do you dive back in with the mindset of polishing this jumbled mess of words?

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First off, I think it’s important to understand the difference between writing and editing. This difference may be obvious, but more specifically I want to point out one particular thing that changes for you, the writer. Have you ever heard this quote before?

“You should write first for yourself, then for others.”

In a nutshell it means that you should first write the story you want to read. If you’re a proponent of this thought, then this should highlight the difference that I’m talking about:

“You should edit first for your reader, then for your reader.”

Once you’ve written a story

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Used bookstores: friend or foe?



More bookstore kvetching. Did you see that used bookstores are making a comeback?

Actually, I don’t really want to kvetch about used bookstores. They were always my favorites, partly because one of my earliest exposures to great books was at one of them. It was a downtown St. Louis store, and, sure, it happened to have an adult section curtained off in the back (with a couple of peepshow machines squatting just inside that provocative portal), but it was stocked floor-to-ceiling with every kind of tome you could possibly be interested in. And the smell in there was both exotic and familiar, a musty bouquet that’s like a bookworm’s cocaine. Once you’re addicted…

And when I was in London doing the year-abroad thing, I could be found in one of the ubiquitous used bookshops up and down Charing Cross Road, poring over cheap but seemingly ancient editions of every…

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Perfect Editing Is A Lie

Under-Paid, Over-Enthused

Welcome back to my series on how to edit your manuscript! This is where I suggest how to edit your manuscript in preparation for either self-publishing or querying.

Remember, there’s no one way to edit. If you’re already doing something that I’m not mentioning, or you do something differently, why not suggest it in the comments below?

The first week was all about how to get started, readying both your manuscript and your mind. The second week, we talked about the biggest things you’ll be looking for.

This third week as about the things that are incredibly important, but a step down from plotting and big cuts. These are things that you will need to look for not only in the first draft, but in all subsequent ones, hints that are better taken onboard over time than ones you attempt to do all at once.

Without further ado…

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