Are Authors Morally Responsible For Their Characters?

Authors do not have to be morally responsible for the thoughts, decisions, and actions of their characters, and imposing that on authors restricts their ability to tell an engaging story. It’s absolutely fine if you only want to read about innocent, good, pure characters (Pollyanna eat your heart out!), but punishing authors who write characters […]

What’s Up With YA?

Why can’t YA be about actual young adults aged 18-early 20s and we have a separate Teen section just for teens? Short answer: logistics. Long answer: The entire industry from writers to publishers to booksellers to consumers would have to work together and the failed New Adult experiment proved that can’t happen. Defining YA has […]

Are Tropes Just Lazy Marketing?

On Twitter, which I understand has limited characters to write your message, I’m seeing more and more authors promoting their books via tropes rather than characters/story (note I did not say PLOT because a PLOT is different to a STORY). Enemies to lovers! Fake dating! Slow burn! There was only one bed! Yeah, but what’s […]

Why I Stopped Reviewing ARCs

ARC = Advanced Reading/Review Copy Hi there and welcome to my first discussion post of 2022! Today I’m talking about why I cut way back on reviewing ARCs in 2021. I only reviewed 3 ARCs in 2021, which was down from 10-20 over the few years preceding. They say being a writer is like assigning […]

Speeding Up Audiobooks Is Not the Answer

I’ve been listening to audiobooks for years, but I’ve only just started playing around with speeding them up. I could never understand why someone would speed up an audiobook to begin with. Can you still get the full effect of the story if the narrator is speaking too quickly? Book Riot writer Kelly Jensen recently […]

Discovering Debut Authors vs Established Authors

What’s worse? Discovering a new author with only one or two books out, or discovering an author with an extensive backlist? Twitter Facebook 0 Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address Subscribe Join 1,795 other subscribers

Why I Don’t Use Audible for My Audiobooks

Today I wanted to talk about why, even though I listen to lots of audiobooks, I don’t use Audible. Money The biggest and most obvious reason is that Audible costs money to subscribe to. That subscription is separate to what people already pay for Amazon Prime (which I do have) and Kindle Unlimited (which I […]

Authors Should Also Be Reviewers

It’s a well known fact that authors need to read books. You can’t be a decent writer if you don’t read. I think it would be great for the bookish community if we could change the current culture of not allowing authors to review books. Reviewing can help to express their opinions on what they […]