My 2014 Goodreads challenge wrap up

Cassandra Page

This year I really embraced the reading challenges (both the Goodreads and the Australian Women Writers one) and you can really tell. Last year I read 40 books, whereas this year I read 61 — excluding picture books. Originally my goal was to read 40, but when I got there I discovered I’d read 12 novellas or childrens books. So I increased it to 52, figuring that way I’d get at least 40 full-length novels.

Here are my reads as I write this (from most recent to least recent). I haven’t counted books I wrote, even though I’ve read three of those this year, plus a novella. 😉

A few observations:

  • Roald Dahl (13%) and Kevin Hearne (also 13%) were a feature. Both were writers I listened to on audiobook, the former with my son in the car, the latter not so much. :p
  • Female writers were heavily represented at…

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What are your writing projects?

Write to Wrestle

I’ve been meaning to update my current writing project. But first an update about the others ones.

Fall in Love with Writing is still something I’m trying to work on. I’m looking at getting it professionally edited and designed. I’m working on a logo for my publishing business and getting an author shot. Once all those pieces fall into place, hopefully the book will be available next year.

My other book about a charity walk I did has been read by a friend. She’s given me so much useful feedback and my task now is to go through the book and do another round of editing. Then I’ll look to get another friend to read it and go from there.

Next year I plan to start work on the sequel to Fall in Love with Writing. This book will be called Everyday I’m Journaling. It will be the same format…

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aspiring authors: do you deserve a seven-figure book deal?

Bradan's World

The holiday season is ending soon and we’ll be fifteen years into the millennium. Here’s a story for all you authors to think about as you weigh traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. From Publisher’s Weekly: (bold emphasis mine- edited for length)

Seven-figure book deals are nothing new in corporate publishing. But lately, these deals seem to be happening more frequently. During the run-up to this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair in early October, three seven-figure deals for debut works were closed by Big Five houses. Shortly after the fair, the New York Times ran an article about a waitress who landed a high six-figure advance. The streak continued with news that St. Martin’s Press had paid seven figures for a debut novel by New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford. And, two weeks ago, word broke that indie author Blake Crouch landed seven figures at Crown for Dark Matter, his science fiction…

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Which Matters Most: A Writer or the Writing?

CJC Writing101


More than ever, in today’s publishing industry we are told that we must blog, we must have a Twitter, we must make a Facebook page, we must network with a bunch of other writers, we must attend several hundred writer’s conferences, join ten different writing organizations, and establish a “following” before our work is even considered.

And, while this is all true, we are never told the level of “fantasticness” our writing must be (I know, I just made up that word).

So which one should you most be concerned about: establishing your “writer platform,” or making your writing the best it can be?

Let me help shed some light to this:


This past week was my last week interning at Beacon Press… I already miss working there 😦

But, I got the pleasure of talking to both the executive and associate Editors. I asked them their take on literary…

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