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Your Query Letter, Tips and Tricks standard

Hey everyone! I know it has been FOREVER since I last blogged, which is totally my fault, and while this entry won’t be about any books, it’s been something on my mind. I’ve been querying a bunch of agents lately for my latest book (no spoilers about it yet!), which means I’ve been following a lot of them on Twitter. And I’ve been surprised with how many of them . . . complain about simple things in the query letters they are receiving that are simple to fix, or just not included in the first place. Every agent seems to have their own horror story about the worst query letter they have ever received, and trust me, you do NOT ...

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The Amazing Imagination Machine’s First Birthday Celebration!! standard

Exactly one month from today, my book, The Amazing Imagination Machine, will turn one year old! It’s hard to believe that this book of mine has been out for almost an entire year! And I want to celebrate! How do we celebrate a world of fictional characters? That’s easy. Did you read my book and have any questions? Well, now is the time to ask them, to my characters! For the next few weeks, I want you to ask questions to my characters! Did you read the book and ask “Hey Jake, what’s so scary about this Toy Master guy?”, now you can ask. Every question asked, I will answer the way my characters would do so if they were ...

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Inktober – Week 3 standard

Day 15 – Legend To be quite honest, I don’t know if I’ve read the book The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. And if I don’t remember reading it, it doesn’t count if I ever did read it. It’s definitely on my to-read list now, which is already too long. Day 16 – Wild This one was inspired by some good, old-fashioned Scooby-Doo ploys. Though I know many cartoons have done it, and at this moment I can’t think of a specific Scooby-Doo that has this in it. But you know those shots where the characters are in the dark, and all you see are their eyes. Then suddenly another pair of eyes joins them. That’s the general ...

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Inktober Week 2 standard

Day 8 – Frail This picture looks a lot darker than I originally thought it was. I swear I’m not depressed or anything. What I really was thinking of at the time was the classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I read the book for my Advanced Placement Literature class I took in high school (AKA English 102). Frankenstein was probably my favorite book we read for that class. Not because it was good–because it was just plain absurd. I’m not saying Frankenstein isn’t worthy of the classic title; I love the story of the mad scientist who makes a monster out of human parts. It’s near and dear to my heart. But Mary had Victor do and say some . ...

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Inktober – First 7 Days standard

Day 1 – Ring I’m a big fan of a lot of genres, and epic fantasy is no exception. I always enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies growing up (especially the part with the giant spider–it’s awful to say that’s my favorite part in all the movies but it is). But I never actually have read the books. I read The Hobbit when I was about in fifth grade, which I loved. But I remember trying the Lord of the Rings soon after and I couldn’t read it for some reason. All I could recall from it from my memory was this ‘200 page dinner’ that I couldn’t get past. Now, I’m taking a P.E. class at my school ...

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Westly: A Spider’s Tale by Bryan Beus image

I first spotted this little book in our local Deseret Bookstore. I don’t remember the actual reason my family went there that day, but when I saw this on the shelf, I was curious and picked it up. I found the concept interesting immediately and a little hilarious; a caterpillar is destined to become a monarch butterfly, but when he hatches from his cocoon, he’s a spider. The premise tickled me, and despite the book being meant for much younger readers than myself, I wanted to buy it. However, my brother crinkled his nose at the very idea and shook his head. “No, Bailey, don’t get that book.” Sadly, I put the book back. But, that did not stop me ...

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