A Disagreement with the Editor by S.E.M. Ishida

Originally posted on S. E. M. Ishida:
Before publishing my first book, Nick Newton Is Not a Genius, my editor and I disagreed about how the last paragraph of the last chapter should end. She commented that the ending would “gild the lily,” but I thought those last few sentences added a sense of closure…

A Feathery Book Review and a New Puppy!

Hi, all. A new book review, written by yours truly, is posted on Jennifer Hallmark’s blog. It’s Birds of the Air by S.E.M. Ishida. You may recognize Ishida’s name, as I re-blog some of her posts here on this site. And here’s a fun fact: she and I used to be in the same writingContinue reading “A Feathery Book Review and a New Puppy!”

The Importance of Writing for Yourself

Originally posted on S. E. M. Ishida:
I don’t think I realized until recently how important it is to write for yourself. Let’s face it—writing and publishing can feel like work. You close your day job laptop and open your personal laptop to reply to an editor’s email and post to your author social media…

What to read next? — S. E. M. Ishida

Need help on how to write a certain genre? Read fiction! That’s what writer S.E.M. Ishida recommends. She’s got great writing tips overall. I know, because she was really helpful to me as I dove into the world of writing middle grade fiction.