I have always had 3 dream careers- teaching, librarian, and author. I have been a teacher for 6 years, I graduated with a degree in library science and I am currently a school librarian. So, that leaves only one dream, becoming an author. When I saw this book, I knew that I NEEDED to read it. I was instantly drawn into the book by Louis L’Amour’s quote, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on” I have been a big fan of his writing and knowing he said that has encouraged me. I have a journal of book ideas tucked on a shelf a work, and everything in me is screaming that I need to be writing more. I need to explore my passions more so that I can be successful at the craft that I dearly love. Each author offers golden nuggets of advice to readers. This book is perfect for someone who is just starting out, or anyone who wants some encouragement.
What I Wish I’d Known: For Writers by H.D. Thomson is a great writing aide for anyone interested in becoming an author or people just interested in things an author experiences. Within these pages is a myriad of knowledge, tips, and information compiled from one hundred authors.
I really enjoyed getting tips from all the different authors because no one has the exact same experiences or ways of doing things. You get information on several different ways, just emphasizing how there’s no right way. You just have to find what works for you. With this variety, you should be able to find at least a few things to help you grow as a writer and get you one step closer to your dream of becoming published. This book is an easy, informative and interesting read that even includes advice from indie authors.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was fascinating to see inside the minds of different authors and how they each felt about their writing careers. Topics covered ranged from actually writing to the power of faith in yourself and the process of dealing with self-doubt, advice and the worth of persistence. All in all, I appreciated getting an insight into the author’s retrospection on their career and how they became published by finding their own process. It was encouraging and enlightening, all at once!
If anyone is thinking of becoming an author, I feel like this is a great book to add to your library to encourage you on days that are hard. Something you can have in your back pocket on to pull you out of the mire of bad thoughts.
What I Wish I’d Known: For Writers is a collection of advice from 100 different authors. I found this to be an interesting read. Some information is relatively basic, but others bring up points less often considered. It was nice to see traditionally published authors while others are part of the independent publishing world. This book would be great for those considering writing a book or early in their publishing career. I appreciated the various points of view and how these seasoned authors approached their own writing and the advice they gave. I enjoyed this book and everything it contained.
What an inspiration!! In this book, 100 HIGHLY accomplished authors (I won’t throw out names, but trust me there are so many good ones that I knew and even some I didn’t that I plan to look up!!) talk about what they would have wanted to know when they were first starting out in the writing world. They share not only their time, but also their extensive knowledge in this book. Paying it forward to other aspiring authors. New and old alike! If you feel like you are having problems on what to write, wondering if you are doing it correct, wondering what you should be doing differently, or just need a little help getting motivated this is the book for you!! In the great pages of this book these authors give you encouragement, cautions about some things, so much inspiration, and more!! Things they wish their younger selves would have know before starting their very own writing careers. Imagine if everyone had a handbook on their career path, written by greats before them!!! People would jump at that knowledge! This is that book for authors! You will find SO MUCH helpful information. From writing, the industry itself, the business aspect, what to avoid and what to look for, to time management, lots of ideas and inspiration, and even stuff about conflicts that can arise with friends and family! It really is just a HUGE book on a writing career and what you need and don’t need to get where they are/have been. With each new author I found at LEAST one thing that I loved about their entry in this book. The way some of them write their entries, is just as inspiring! You can tell that a lot of love and care went into their words for others. You can find some real gems! Authors inspiring other authors to get their stories into the world! I LOVE IT!! I wish I would have read this book sooner! Maybe it would have pushed me to write sooner. I am that person with TONS of ideas, with little, to no follow through. This book has tips to help that too! And more!!!! If you are writing a book/books I have to recommend this book to you! You can be a number one best seller on the top and I would still tell you to read this book!! It is that good and has a TON of great advice and information. So what are you waiting for?? Read this book and get to writing your next book(s)!!
Reviewed by: @jaimie0459
So I’ve been writing since I was 14 and I’m about to be 31. This book gave me some insight into achieving my goals. I highly recommend any writer despite your skill set to read this book. I love that they’re not necessarily giving us advice but their younger selves I feel that makes paying attention so much easier. Because I sure don’t like unsolicited advice.
a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/77778520-what-i-wish-i-d-known” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”>What I Wish I’d Known: For Writers: 100 Authors Reveal What They Wish They’d Told Their Younger Selves by H. D. Thomson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As a person that has started writing, put it down, and picked it up again this book has been inspiring to me. I would say that this is a great resource for aspiring authors. There are 100 authors that were willing to share what inspires or motivates them, and what some struggle with. They share tips on time management, character building, editing, etc. There were many authors that shared their pearls of wisdom that I had not heard of before, but one bonus to that is now I have found several new authors to read.
I found it very interesting to read what various writers went through and they advise they would give their younger selves about the writing process. I enjoy writing for myself, not for publishing but still managed to feel inspired/motivated by some of the advice given.
The authors had various backgrounds and publishing journeys which made the book more inclusive, and I imagine relevant to more people who may not be considering the traditional routes to publication.
Not all advice focuses on the publishing side of things though, there are authors who touch on subjects such as writing techniques and self-doubt (this one is my downfall) which was both interesting and inspiring to see how others overcame these issues. There are even some pieces of advice that can be taken away and used outside of writing.
Each author is different, and it helps to show that what works for one person, may not be the best option for another and to keep an open mind to various possible solutions which may benefit you.
This is a useful book which tips for writers, but even if you’re an avid reader I think this would be an interesting read and insight into the authors behind the story.
This is a book written for writers and readers aspiring to become writers. I have always thought about writing an autobiography so I thought this would be an informative book to read for me. This has one hundred writers that provides useful and practical advice. I found this book to be highly informative as it provided a lot of information and behind the scenes guidance to help make your journey a little bit easier. Some of the advice given I never would have considered. This is a very enlightening look at the road to becoming and steering the path of writing.
This was a very interesting and inspiring read. This is full of advice for potential writers giving them advice and insight into what it actually takes to become a successful writer. In this book we hear from 100 accomplished and successful writers as they tell us their secrets and their tips on what you need to do to start your dream of being a writer. All the advice is things they wish they were told when they started their journeys.
I was nice to get an insight into the working minds of some of the authors I have grown to love and seeing how each authors methods for writing is as unique as the authors themselves.
I would definately recommend this book for anyone who is looking for guidance to start writing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While much of the advice given by various authors was the same or similar, one thing that really stood out was their encouragement to not give up and go with your gut. I had not heard of most of the authors but still found them inspiring and have added several to my TBR list. As someone who enjoys writing myself, I found it inspiring and motivational. Each person went through their own trials and tribulations and proved that you can persevere if you put the work into it. HIGHLY recommended for anyone considering writing your own books.
In this book over 100 authors share their wisdom, words of advice, and experiences of becoming an author. Some share some very personal stories of how they overcame the obstacles and personal issues to get to where they are today. Many share their stories of how when they first started, they received stacks and stacks of rejection letters from publishers. Many authors recall how friends and family laughed at them or mocked them for wanting to become a writer. Yet, despite all the rejection and the mocking they never gave up their dream of becoming a published author.
Whether it be years ago, in a time prior to Indie publishing, when they were trying to find a traditional publishing house, or now with self publishing options so widely available, there is a lot to learn. These authors share their vast wealth of knowledge and give tips and pointers on what it takes to be an author. Not only are we offered support and words of encouragement, but we are able to learn from mistakes they may have made on their own personal journey.
Of course, the one prevalent theme throughout is to just sit your butt in the chair and write. Whether it is just for a few minutes, or even just writing one sentence, but just write something. They also give tips on finding the time to write when you feel that your life is just too busy. Beyond the words of encouragement are invaluable pointers on not just the writing process but the publishing process as well.
Throughout the book is the common theme of never giving up and of believing in yourself, even when others do not. No matter how many rejection letters you receive do not give up. No matter how many people mock you for your dream do not give up. No matter how little time you have in your day do not give up. No matter what, sit your butt in the chair, write, and never give up on your dreams. As numerous authors said throughout the book, as long as you are writing, you are a writer. Thank you for this book and to these authors for sharing your stories, advice, and words of encouragement, I feel truly inspired!
This book features 100 different authors who are giving advice to anyone wishing to write a book. It’s a fairly simple read but full of ideas, advice, as well as struggles and challenges one might face during the process of writing and/or publishing a work of art. It’s a showcase of the good, bad, and ugly for lack of a better explanation!
If you write at all, you are a writer. These tips could potentially benefit someone who is writing a dissertation for class, someone looking to improve their writing skills, or someone looking to write a book. The snippets from the authors are generally short, but full of motivation.
The authors cover all aspects of writing from getting started, to marketing, editing, and so many other areas. One of my personal favorite lines was “write one sentence a day” and your work will grow from there. Just get started!!
So many authors give you so much great information in this book. If you are a budding author or just someone who likes to know how things work this book is definitely for you. Some of these authors make rules and others feel like breaking rules already set in the world of authorship. I thoroughly enjoyed reading brief examples of what some of the brightest minds do to keep writing.
I am currently on a writer’s block right now and I took up this book for personal reasons. It is a very inspiring book, with so many tips and advices from over a 100 authors, it is a very motivating read.
It also changes our perspective towards things and how we approach life. It is always good to get a piece of advice from people who have been through the same journey which one wants to step into.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
If you’ve been authoring for a while, this book will mostly be a refresher for you. A lot of the things mentioned are things prominent in author advice circles, so you hear them often. I think this book would be an excellent resource for aspiring or brand-new authors.
I liked the fact that there is a mix of traditional and indie representation. I also appreciated the book including advice from women’s perspectives, mentions of being an author while parenting, and BIPOC representation.
One thing that was disappointing about the book is that out of 100 authors contributing, there was only one brief sentence that mentioned OCD tendencies, and one brief paragraph mentioning ADHD in a general sense. There was hardly any neurodivergent representation at all. As a person with multiple neurodivergences, I think navigating the neurodivergent way of doing things has been one of my biggest challenges as an author. I’ve learned a lot of things the hard way because there truly isn’t much advice out there for neurodivergent authors. Most advice I’ve heard is geared toward neurotypical brain styles.
Overall, I’d say a great book for newer authors.
This book takes the advice from 100 different published authors, and shares with those it is meant to help…people who wish to be writers. As someone who has been working off and on to write my own book over the past few years, as I have time to do so, this book had some great tips and advice. I liked that the advice was laid out by different topics, and then by individual authors as well. This book is easy to pick up, read a few things rather it be just to get out of your own head, to learn something new, or to learn from those who have come before you on a specific topic. I would definitely recommend this to new authors or anyone who just wants to hear the advice of others.
100 authors were given the question, ‘what advice would you give to your younger self?’ The responses vary between writing techniques, goals, genre, reading, traditional and self-publishing, self-doubt, routines, ideas, practices, characters, editing, etc. My favourite section was by Rita Herron who said; ‘instead of writing one book of the heart, I tried to put heart in every book.’ However, I wasn’t particularly fond of the section by Ernest Dempsey. Either way, I recommend this book because it is a really useful read, and there’s such a variety of authors providing advice that it would suit all aspiring authors in one way or another. I’m going to start using these techniques straight away.
This is such an inspiring and motivating book. even if you aren’t wanting to start writing yourself, just working through these authors tips, advice and stories is so interesting. It really makes you reflect on your own life and how to approach things.
I really enjoyed the fact that this book combined the advice of multiple authors. It added a depth to it that other books like this haven’t had for me. I really, thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I am not a writer. I have dabbled but I feel like I can never write the stories the way my mind makes them up. That being said, this book is full of sound advice from many authors. Whether you are just starting or seasoned, this book can give you great insights.
This book gives the reader and any aspiring writer’s tips, pearls of wisdom and insight by many remarkable writers. Who better could you ask for information to help you along your journey to ensure your dream becomes a reality? Each of them have had many ups and downs and wish they had something like this book to help them along the way.
With this many writers there are often differing opinions on what you should do BUT what worked for one may not work for others. It is not a book where they say you should do it this way or the other way. It is good solid information that has been tested and what worked for them and what didn’t.
If you get something out of the insightful information then that is the bonus of this book.
Dig in to see what information is useful to you to help you on your journey. Who knows it could be one small detail from this book that could make you a world renowned writer.
Reviewed by @jennadb
This is a fantastic resource. As a wannabe writer (I still need to sit my butt down and spill out my story), I am grateful to these authors for sharing these tips. There are so many helpful ideas and thoughts shared. The added benefit is that I’ve even found some new authors to try. As in independent reviewer, I find that the tip to read in the genre you want to right is spot on for me. It has developed into that for me. I read what I enjoy and I find that I have already been using these tips as a reader. There are authors I love because of the way they write and the way they can grab me and keep my attention. The book is very easy to relate to and is a definite resource that will be on my desk. I’ve already ordered a paperback for my desk. If you have any dreams about writing, I highly recommend this book to join your library. Very informative and well put together.
What I Wish I’d Known: For Writers: 100 Authors Reveal What They Wish They’d Told Their Younger Selves by H.D. Thomson is a fantastic resource for both aspiring and seasoned authors. It is full of insights on the writing craft, the writing industry, time management tips, what to avoid on your writing journey, the business side of writing, pushing forward in your writing career, and how to deal with self-doubt- with some hard truths sprinkled in along the way.
This is collection of very sound advice from 100 accomplished authors who share their best pointers and practical advice to help you on your writing journey. I found this to be both practical and inspirational. The advice is insightful, easy to understand, and helpful. I appreciate the authors for sharing their thoughts, wisdom, and hard-earned knowledge- as these tips are gold.
Happy Reading (and writing)…
Thank you, H.D. Thomson!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
As an aspiring or seasoned writer, do you feel like you aren’t making headway, stumbling on what to write next, or wondering if you’re even on the right path? Are you unable to find the motivation to charge up your computer and put your fingers on the keyboard after that last rejection?
Between the pages of What I Wish I’d Known: For Writers, 100 highly accomplished authors share their time, energy, and knowledge to pay it forward and inspire other writers, experienced or aspiring. They reveal what they would have wanted their younger self to know: what words of caution, encouragement, and inspiration they could have used before starting their writing careers.
I’m sure you would have wished someone had given you certain advice. Within What I Wish I’d Known: For Writers, you will find a myriad of information on craft, the writing industry, time management, conflict with family and friends, what to avoid on your writing journey, the business aspect of pushing forward in your career, and more.
Discover what these talented authors have to say:
S.M. Anderson, Jennifer Ashley, Steven Barnes, Jeremy Bates, Louise Bay, D.V. Berkom, Hunter Blain, Marci Bolden, Rhys Bowen, Sarah Elizabeth Bromke, Benedict Brown, Rachelle Burk, V.M. Burns, Lynn Cahoon, Ginjer L Clarke, Nancy Coco, Michael Cordell, Charly Cox, B. J. Daniels, Vincent B. Davis II, Ernest Dempsey, Delaney Diamond, Helena Dixon, Angus Donald, Lorna Dounaeva, Kerrie Droban, Jacqueline Druga, Donna Everhart, Chris Fabry, Erin Flanagan, Matt Forbeck, Stacy Green, Ross Greenwood, Lisa Harris, Paul Heatley, Rita Herron, Kate Hewitt, Kelly Hodge, Dwight Holing, Griff Hosker, Daniel Hurst, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, Rick Jones, Diane Kelly, Meera Kothand, Justin Leslie, Julie Anne Lindsey/Bree Baker, Kristen Luciani, S. E. Lynes, JB Lynn, Michelle Major, Phillip Margolin, T. B. Markinson, Angela Marsons, Tina Martin, M.D. Massey, Cheyenne McCray, Cathy McDavid, Rhonda McKnight, Bruno Miller, J.J. Miller, Christopher Mitchell, Kiersten Modglin, D.J. Molles, Mary Monroe, Lynn Morrison, Lisa Morton, Barbara Nickless, Nazri Noor, Peter O’Mahoney, Dan Padovan, Phaedra Patrick, Elizabeth Penney, Carly Phillips, Lisa Regan, David Ricciardi, Arianne Richmonde, Matthew Rief, Miranda Rijks, Dahlia Rose, Jenifer Ruff, Sofie Ryan, Sharon Sala, Pat Simmons, Joanna Campbell Slan, Miranda Smith, Jeff Strand, Jacquelin Thomas, Bill Thompson, Eric Thomson, H.D. Thomson, Michael J. Tougias, G.G. Vandagriff, Tim Waggoner, Dan Walsh, Rochelle B. Weinstein, Sherri Winston, D.L. Wood, Melinda Woodhall, and Pamela Samuels Young.
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H.D. Thomson loves writing about tortured heroes and ordinary people placed in extraordinary circumstances. Her books have won and finaled in numerous writing competitions, including the RWA’s Golden Heart, Suzannah and Emily contests. H.D. owns and operates Bella Media Management. The company specializes in websites, video trailers, eBook conversion and promotional resources for authors and small businesses. She loves working with fellow writers and knows how tough the publishing industry is personally. You can find H.D. at http://www.hdthomson.com.
Wow! What can I say? This has to be the most enjoyable book that I have read this year. Moreover for once I didn’t (and couldn’t) guess the ending. That happens all the time; I get part way through the book and can already tell how it would end.
This book had a sneaky, twisty plot that kept me guessing to the end – loved it!
I also loved the imagery that was created by such descriptive writing. I’m a visual person and I could see the scenes playing out in my head. The writing was so descriptive it put me in the time and space with the characters.
So of course I had to do a bit of digging and guess what I found – Oh my goodness; there’s another book. This one happens to be the second one. Having said that; there wasn’t any cross over between them. Reading this second book first, didn’t leave me at a disadvantage at all. I can tell you that I am hot footing off to read the first one though.
I highly recommend this for a good read – but watch out – it’s one you won’t want to put down until the very end!
This story was witty, gritty, and sinful I’m all the right places. I love paranormal romance the most – they always keep me in the edge of my seat. This was no different. The characters were amazing, and even though this was the second book in the series I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything
A Long Kiss Goodbye: A Romantic Paranormal Suspense (Onyx & Mercury Book 2) by H.D. Thomson
4 out of 5 Stars
I adored this book. Folklore and Mythology are some of my top genres to read, and this paranormal mystery/budding romance was quite the addition to my reading journey. The suspense was page-turning, or in my case, with my kindle, page tapping. I can’t really go into too much detail, or else I fear I will give to much away, but our main character Avery is a sweetheart, both strong and daring. Her neighbor, Luys is swoon-worthy. Avery is stuck between surviving both physically and emotionally. Lovers of suspense, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, and romance will all love this book. 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by @kgregory
Avery, in an effort to relax a bit, joined friends for drinks one evening. As she walks home afterwards, she finds herself attacked. When she wakes up in the morning, she can’t remember anything and searches for clues. A horrible discovery leads her to head to the hospital, but her problem is severe enough it makes her weak and dizzy. Her stoic neighbor Luys notes her distress and takes her to the ER. After a thorough check up, it appears that beyond her injuries she is completely healthy. It baffles Avery who would harm and traumatize her so seriously and she has to find out what happened.
In the course of this story, Avery and Luys reluctantly continue to keep track of each other thanks to their attraction to the other. When Luys discovers Avery knows his sister, Mayor, and exactly what her injuries included he knows he has to protect her and help her discover who hurt her.
The storyline for this book is one I haven’t heard of before, so it was a nice original twist. I continued to read because I was curious what nugget of information would be included next. After finishing it, I realized there are several little hints and tidbits scattered through the book that gave you the potential of picking up on some twists and turns ahead of time, but they were subtle enough that even if you notice them, it isn’t to really point you in any special direction. While this is book 2 in a series, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything that would help me better understand the direction of the story – but after reading the synopsis on book 1, I’d like to read it and learn more about Gabriel and family.
O.M.G. what a great read this book is. The paranormal take with the true crime involved. I didn’t realize it when I downloaded it that it was book 2. I immediately went and read book 1 once I finished book 2. I am for sure now following and reading anything from this author.
I wasn’t expecting the twist in the last few chapters and I loved that it kept me intrigued and made it hard to put down. I loved how Avery and Luys were so opposite in the first half of the book. I immediately fell in love with Avery and was hoping the ending would be how it was for her.
I am off to download some more from this author as I felt like I was reading a true crime from a TV show or something. It was easy to follow and once I was halfway through, thought I had figured it out. You know how you do with crime TV shows…. then the twist and I was shocked! I loved it and how it was written out.
I’ve only read probably 2 or 3 paranormal romances including this one. This is book 2 in a series, but it’s a complete stand alone. This was my first book by this author and I did enjoy it! The beginning does a good job about pulling you in! I was absolutely interested in finding out how Avery was attacked and that in itself was enough to keep me reading. This story continued to keep my attention throughout every chapter! I’m going to go back and read the first book because this book was so good.
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