Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blogging Advice from William Shakespeare

No legacy is so rich as honesty ~ All's Well That Ends Well
Small to greater matters must give way. ~ Antony and Cleopatra
To business that we love we rise betime, and go to 't with delight. ~ Antony and Cleopatra
This above all -- to thine own self be true; ~ Hamlet
Brevity is the soul of wit ~ Hamlet
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words without thoughts never to heaven go. ~ Hamlet
I must be cruel, only to be kind ~ Hamlet
We know what we are, but know not what we may be ~ Hamlet
A good wit will make use of anything; I will turn diseases to commodity. ~ Henry IV, Part 2
Past, and to come, seem best; things present, worst ~ Henry IV, Part 2
My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel; I know not where I am nor what I do. ~ Henry VI, Part 1
Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest ~ King Lear
Truth is truth to the end of reckoning ~ Measure for Measure
This is the short and the long of it ~ Merry Wives of Windsor
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Suko 9:13 PM  

Truly wonderful advice!

anu 9:58 PM  

Loved the quote about words and thoughts. True about every creative pursuit :)

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
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