One- and two-star reviews of my book

To celebrate literature, I wrote a collection of one-star and two-star reviews of my unpublished adult fantasy novel. Please enjoy.

I wrote and edited a whole book, which I’m now querying (looking for an agent to represent me to publishers).

No, it’s not out yet, and no, it doesn’t have reviews. But everyone on Twitter is writing one-star reviews of their own books, so I thought I’d join the fun.

Here’s a moodboard I made for it. You’ll have to excuse my lack of artistic talent, because, you know, dragons.

Dragons and stuff, oh my!
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How to climb out of a reading rut

Recently I’ve had trouble getting absorbed in the books I’m reading. I asked Twitter for advice, and compiled the suggestions here.

Recently I’ve been experiencing a reading rut. I used to find it easy to get absorbed in a book and forget the world around me, but lately I’ve been struggling to stay engaged when I read.

I tweeted about this a few days ago and discovered I wasn’t the only one. A lot of people chimed in with their troubles concentrating long enough to read and their inability to get sucked into books. (And who said Twitter was dead?)

A tweet by A.S. Akkalon that reads:

Recently I've been having trouble getting into the books I read. I can enjoy them, but they never transport me. I don't know if it's them or me. Has this happened to anyone else? Any ideas?

#WritingCommunity #books
The tweet that started it all.

I also got a lot of useful suggestions.

Here I compile the main theories for why reading ruts occur and a collection of suggestions on how to deal with a rut. If you’re struggling with your reading, I hope some of the advice helps.

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2024 debut books to support, thanks Cait Corrain

Cait Corrain tanked their writing career by review-bombing debut books by authors of colour whom they considered competition. See their victims’ exciting books here.

If you’ve been on Twitter recently–or read the normal human news–you will have heard about the Cait Corrain review bombing scandal. If you live in a cottage in the woods without internet (in which case how are you reading this?), the short version is that Cait, who was to be a 2024 debut author, created a bunch of fake Goodreads accounts to give 1-star ratings and nasty reviews to a bunch of 2024 debuts written by authors of colour, while giving 5-star reviews to their own book.

If you want the long version, which reads like an inept villain story, withcindy gives a much more detailed explanation in this video.

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The definitive* list of fantasy novels with older female protagonists

I asked on Twitter for recommendations of fantasy novels with older female protagonists, and here’s what everyone came up with. (Note I was joking about “definitive”.)

* I lied. This list is most certainly not definitive, sorry.

Some time ago I wrote a post lamenting the dearth of older women who are fantasy protagonists. (At least, I think that’s what the post was about. It’s been a while.)

Recently someone reached out to me referencing the post, and because my TBR list isn’t long enough** I decided to seek out a list of such books.

I posted this tweet asking for recommendations. (I’m not embedding the post because that comes with malicious code.) As you can see, it garnered a lot of interest.

A tweet by A.S. Akkalon that reads:

I'm looking for fantasy books with protagonists who are older women. How much older? Anything older than your standard teen or twenty-something. Any suggestions?

#books #AmReading #WritingCommunity
A hot question, as it turns out.

In this blog post I pull out an (unfortunately not entirely) comprehensive list of the suggestions I received for your reading pleasure. Also to help me plump up my TBR pile.

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Fantasy novel trends not to follow

I read two years’ worth of Publishers Weekly fantasy novel reviews and noticed some trends. I also picked up some querying advice.

If you’ve ever queried a novel (tried to find a literary agent who’s excited enough about it to represent you), you’ve probably agonised over comp titles.

Now I can say “me too”.

What are comp titles?

Comp titles are books that are similar to your book in some way and are either supposed to tell agents the vibe of your book or tell editors how many copies they’ll be able to sell.

Depending on who you ask, comp titles should be books–or movies or TV series (or definitely not movies or TV series)–that:

* are less than five years old, less than two years old, less than ten years old, or not so new no one knows them

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