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LGBT History Month: A Reading List

Forwarding this wonderful list:

36 socially conscious books for your reading list | locallove

LGBT History Month: A Reading List by ChiPubLib_Adults – a staff-created list : In observance of LGBT History Month and for use year-round, we’ve compiled a list of recent and classic books about the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

— Read on

Tuesday Talk

Writing is an art, no question. But if you want to share it with the world, there are some things you necessarily should think about. I am not talking getting “past” any “gatekeepers” or following some sort of “prescription.”

I’m talking about making it easy on your audience to read your story. Having a story tell tell, or characters you love, isn’t going to be any good if your reader can’t get into the story because your use of grammar, punctuation, or confused word choice makes it hard work to actually read.

People asked me to do more reviews in my blog. There’s a reason I don’t. I actually read quite a lot, but many stories end up DNF – did not finish. And since I can’t finish them, I’m sure not going to tell everyone else about them. I’m not going to recommend a book where I had to stop every paragraph and replace words in my head because the author used a near-sounding word or a homophone. When I have to “edit” just to get through, that’s work. That’s not pleasure. That’s not enjoying a book. That’s not pleasure reading.

So, please, please, this is a plea from a reader. Even if you can’t pay an editor, get in a writer’s group where someone else looks at your stories critically first. There are many editors out there as well, and most are quite reasonable. A little investment up front will go a long way toward improving your sales, so you’ll make the money back in the end.

I saw one person melt down because their book got a “couldn’t get through this for all the errors” 1-star reviews. I suggested an editor because the 1-star review will have an impact on his sales. He whined that he shouldn’t have to change for a stupid reader. With that attitude he won’t have any readers, IMHO. People in general don’t appreciate being called “stupid.”

If you can’t handle criticism, then you shouldn’t be publishing. Go ahead and write, but don’t publish, because seriously. Most people will be like me, quietly return the book and not review. Others will return the book AND leave an honest 1-star “this sucked for all the errors” review. Which will kill your future sales as well as make you upset and angry, and you don’t really have to suffer like that. Just get an editor.

~ Lara

PS – I do want to point out I’m a quite reasonable editor and experienced. I’m never out to change your story, just make it readable. Check out my rates and an explanation of my services, then drop me a message and we’ll talk.

series plan

I have reached the part where I’m writing the (sex-packed) middle of We Fit , so I think I’ll hold these scenes for the previews when I’m closer to releasing it.

Reader question: what do non-pilots ask when they learn you fly ...

However, I have decided to use my blog space this month to plan for a series of connected short stories (and maybe build a little excitement for a Patreon project).

I have written standalone novels and duologies (two novel pairs).

I think it’s time to challenge myself. I’d like to write connected novellas (25-30k) or short stories (5-10k). I’ve read a few different types of series over the years, but can’t decide which style is the way to go for myself.

So, please help me decide. Today’s question is:

Keep in mind, I write primarily women-loving women stories, with lesbian or bisexual female-identifying main characters.

~ Lara