Category Archives: Revising & Critiquing

Whether you’re working alone or with a writing partner, with an editor or a copyeditor, or even workshopping, there’s always room for improvement.

New Waiting to be Discovered Titles on Book Country!

Posted by May 11th, 2015

New Waiting to be Discovered Titles on Book Country!A new set of Waiting to Be Discovered titles is featured on the Read and Review page!

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New Editor’s Picks on Book Country!

Posted by May 4th, 2015

New Editor's Picks on Book Country!

We’ve selected ten new manuscripts to be featured in the Editor’s Picks section on the Read and Review page. Check them out and leave a review!

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Check Out New Waiting to be Discovered Titles on Book Country!

Posted by April 27th, 2015

Check Out New Waiting to be Discovered Titles on Book Country!
We’ve updated the Waiting to be Discovered section on the Read and Review page. Help fellow community members by leaving great reviews!

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Read and Review Top Rated Books on Book Country

Posted by April 20th, 2015

Read and Review Top Rated Books on Book Country

Check out Book Country’s highly rated books on the Read and Review page! Continue reading

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Member Spotlight: Meet Valerie Emmerich

Posted by April 14th, 2015

Member Spotlight: Meet Valerie EmmerichWe’re happy to have Valerie Emmerich on the Book Country blog! Valerie is currently workshopping a literary fiction novel titled ROOM TO SPARE, which was a December Editor’s Pick. Valerie shares how she developed the idea for ROOM TO SPARE and advice for fleshing out characters. 

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Janet Umenta: Growing up, what books inspired you?

Valerie Emmerich: I don’t think I can point to one book or books that specifically inspired me. I’ve always just loved to read and write. There were lots of books around our house, and I practically inhaled them. I loved Dickens and I remember being enthralled by THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO, THE DIARY OF ANN FRANK, THE GOOD EARTH, and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, all quite different books. As I got older I ventured into the “grownup” books on the living room shelves and remember reading MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR (yes! A Jewish girl from the Bronx!) and IN COLD BLOOD. That may have set me up for my proclivity for reading contemporary literary fiction in my adult life. Continue reading

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New Waiting to be Discovered Titles on Book Country

Posted by April 13th, 2015

New Waiting to be Discovered Titles on Book CountryWe’ve updated the Waiting to be Discovered section on the Read and Review page. Help fellow community members by leaving great reviews!

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Member Spotlight: Meet Speculative Fiction Writer Gloria Oliver

Posted by April 7th, 2015

Member Spotlight: Meet Speculative Fiction Writer Gloria OliverWe’re happy to have Book Country member Gloria Oliver with us today! Gloria is currently workshopping INNER DEMONS, an urban fantasy novel. INNER DEMONS is one of April’s Editor’s Picks on Book Country. INNER DEMONS was published by Mundania Press in early 2014. Gloria shares what it means to be a speculative fiction writer and tips on choosing the perfect title.

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Lucy Silag: Tell us more about yourself. How did you become a writer, and how did you find your way to Book Country?

Gloria Oliver: As I kid, I always had a hard time falling asleep. This led me to making up stories in my head to entertain myself until slumber finally came. One day, one of these stories kept bugging me to actually put it on paper – so I did. A few years later, the bug bit me again as I got a neat idea for a fantasy novel, and this time the infection set in deep. I’ve not looked back since.

I heard about Book Country back when it was being put together. The day job at the time had slow days here and there, and I’d found out about an evil Outlook add-on that would convert Twitter items to email and put them into a personal folder. This was just around the time social media was catching on big time, and I followed people like Kristen Lamb, Chuck Wendig, and many other writers and publishers. Through them, I learned of Colleen Lindsay from Penguin and followed her as well. And soon after Colleen started talking about a venture she was very excited about – a “Sekret Projekt” she was involved in, one where she and her peers hoped to create a place where authors could meet, share, help each other, and create a long lasting community.

Colleen even did a ‘reveal’ presentation in Dallas during the DFW Writers Conference back in 2011. The goals and concept of Book Country sounded fascinating and well thought out, so I signed up! Continue reading

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New Book Country Editor’s Picks

Posted by April 6th, 2015

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We’re excited to share with you the ten titles featured in the Editor’s Picks section. Check them out and leave a review! Continue reading

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Read and Review New Waiting to be Discovered Books on Book Country!

Posted by March 23rd, 2015

Read and Review Waiting to be Discovered Books on Book Country!We’ve updated the Waiting to be Discovered carousel on the Read and Review page! Help members write their best books by leaving a review.

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Read and Review Top Rated Books on Book Country!

Posted by March 16th, 2015

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Check out the Top Rated section on the Read and Review page! Members of the community have highly rated these books, and we are happy to share them with you.

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