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July Wrap-Up!

kait_webIt’s hard to believe that August is here already. I’m starting to see back-to-school sales everywhere I go. The funny thing is that every time I see one, I do a little happy dance inside. Because I don’t have to prepare for back-to-school! Because I did it! Because I graduated!

One of the perks of graduating is that I now have much more time to spend reading, blogging, and working. Speaking of working, I am excited to announce two new services available through Kait’s Bookshelf – book promotion and product promotion. In addition, I am excited to have taken on some new writing opportunities this month, and I will share more on that later. I am also very proud to share the new official Kait’s Bookshelf logo. Honestly, when I think about all that’s happened in July, it’s a little overwhelming. It is an exciting time for sure and I will continue to share as I have news regarding the website, the business, and new services.

But for now, it’s time for my July wrap-up, a brief summary of the book reviews and blog posts I shared this month in addition to highlighting my favorite title from this month’s reads. So, without further ado, my July wrap-up!
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June Wrap-Up!

June Wrap UpSo my next post was supposed to be my review of Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star, but I’ve decided to try a little something different. June has been an exciting month for me! Not only have I finally been able to dive back into my world of reading now that school is over, but I’ve been able to start taking on freelance writing and editing projects as well.

I am thrilled that I’ve been able to blog at least twice a week this month. I love sharing new books that I’ve discovered, and I’ve really enjoyed sharing writing and editing tips, too. Now that I’m back to posting regularly and will have several posts each month, I’ve decided that going forward, I will do a month end wrap-up post, recapping my posts from that month, giving readers a chance to catch up where they might have missed one or two, and highlighting my favorite read from the month. If you were looking forward to my review of Sisters One, Two, Three, don’t worry – it will be my next post – I promise! So, here we go, my first official month-end wrap-up!

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writers BlockAll writers get it. All writers hate it. We often don’t know what to do about it. Yep, I’m talking about the dreaded Writer’s Block! As a writer, I have personally experienced this most annoying of hindrances when it comes to my work. In this post, I will share some methods that I have found helpful for overcoming that blank page inside your head and getting the words flowing again.

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Coming Full Circle

img_5083.jpgExciting news everyone! I did it! I got my college degree!

My back to school journey ended on May 13th as I walked across the stage, black and orange tassel dangling off my square cap with a gold honors cord around my neck, to shake the University President’s hand and receive my scroll (the real diploma comes in the mail later!). When I decided to go back to school three years ago, I was nervous to say the least. I was self-conscious about being a thirty-two year old college freshman. It certainly didn’t help that at my freshman orientation I was asked if I was a parent or a student. I felt ancient and out of place, and I almost turned around and left right then. What was I doing there anyway? I felt so late to the game. But I would come to believe over the next three years that it is better to be late to the game than to not show up at all.

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Do I Really Need an Editor?

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I hear this question often, and the short answer is: yes! Every writer needs an editor. I am a writer and an editor, and I seek outside editorial help on my own work. I don’t edit my own writing because it is very difficult to edit one’s own work. I try, like all of us, to put my work away for a while once it is completed and then come back to it with fresh eyes, but that is so difficult to do when you are excited about a project and anxious to get it into the public’s hands. I have decided to share some FAQs to help address some of the common questions I receive from writers about editing: what it is, why it’s important, and why you need an editor.

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