I have heard that Goodreads is a great site for authors and readers alike. So I spent some time setting up a profile and adding some of the books that I’ve read. Wow! There are too many for me to add them all.But I’m working on it. Especially the books written by authors I know personally. I’ve also reviewed a few and rated them all.

That’s something that readers don’t do enough of, IMO. Give the author feedback. I don’t care how big the author is. Knowing that a reader took the time to rate or review your book is an amazing feeling. It’s like when you were in school and the most popular kid in class said hello. It’s that kind of amazing.

You see, to an author, the readers are the popular kids. They are the ones that matter. Their opinions can make or break an author’s reputation. So if you haven’t done it yet, join Goodreads! Rate the books you’ve read. Give an honest review. Oh, and add me as a friend cause I can never have too many of those. 😉

I had to manually add Impending Reveries to their list, but it’s there now. Make sure to add it to your bookshelf.

I haven’t done a lot of exploring yet. Just set up the basics. So I want to ask you: how do you use Goodreads?

Published in: on October 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM  Comments (2)  
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Writers NEED to Read

I had an argument a discussion with a family member yesterday about why I read. He didn’t understand the writer’s need to read.

For starters, we need to keep up to date as to what is being sold. I skim all of the best seller lists and notice what genre each book is. This helps me to know how my current projects will be received by the public.

We also need to read books from the publishers that we are considering. I go to their websites and click through to buy their new releases. This lets me see what they like. The voice, genre, and story length.

If the story I’m considering writing has a similar book out there; I MUST read it and consider if mine will be different enough to sell.

Reading has always been a hobby of mine but now that I’m a writer, it’s also work. I love my job!!!! 🙂

Why do YOU read?

Published in: on June 11, 2010 at 8:57 AM  Comments (3)  
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Edgar Allen Poe and Other Forms of Torture

In honor of my middle sister’s birthday, I’ve been reminiscing about all of the torture that she put me through. I was a sweet, innocent youngster (a holy terror) who looked up to my older sisters. The oldest has always had the

Me, Susan, and Wanda

kindest heart (when she wasn’t beating me with her flip-flop) and been a second mother to me. My middle sister was a different story altogether.

I annoyed the hell out of her followed her around lovingly and she responded with torture. If I moved while she was fixing my hair, she would slap my forehead with the hot curling iron. I was not deterred by her threats of violence, she was everything I wanted to be. She was beautiful, talented, and smart (still is).

As another way to get rid of her pesky little sister, she began reading stories that should have terrified me. Edgar Allen Poe was many times the author of choice.

It backfired, big time. Of course, I would get scared, but then I would crawl into her bed. I began to beg her to read my favorites and with a sigh of defeat, she relented. My imagination flourished under her “torture” and I began reading on my own and even started writing some dark short stories.

So, in short, thank you Wanda, for your torture. It made me the avid reader and author I am today. Oh yeah, and


Who encouraged you to begin reading for fun?

Published in: on June 2, 2010 at 9:22 AM  Comments (2)  
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