Quick Disclaimer: The FTC wants me to tell you that I received a free copy of this book from the author. The fact that it was a free copy in no way influences my opinion of this fantastic book.
Hello, lovely friends!
It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
Life has been crazy busy, but mostly good. Another NaNoWriMo has come and gone, and while I’ll have some things to say about that in another blog post (or, honestly, more likely in my email newsletter) today I want to talk to you about a book!
Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl is a very special book, especially if you happen to be a writer.
But first, before I talk to you about this book, I want to talk to you a little bit about its author.
Laura A. Grace is, hands down, probably one of the sweetest–if not the sweetest–people I know. Back about two and a half years ago, when I was getting ready to push my own first book (The A-Zs of Worldbuilding) out into the world, and I had just decided to do a blog tour for its release, she was one of the first people to sign up and suggest several other people for me to reach out to for tour ‘stops’. And I think, at that point, I’d maybe been following her on Twitter for about a month!
I’m so excited to get to return that favor for her now!
So, let’s get on to the review!
About the Book
Think your words might not matter? Think again.
Words have the power to change lives, especially when they are used to create meaningful stories. In this collection of letters, bookish fangirl Laura A. Grace addresses topics related to every writer’s journey. From “character conversations,” to embracing one’s unique writing style, to celebrating a release day—there is a letter for every author no matter where they may be in sharing their story with others.
“Dear Author” includes six illustrations by Hannah S.J. Williams.
I read this book in a few big chunks over the course of NaNoWriMo, and all together it probably took me less than an hour. This is, by no means, a long book, but that can be good for the writer who is feeling overwhelmed, whether they feel so because of the daunting world of publishing or simply because they want to wring their character’s necks. Ahem.
To start with, I’m going to make two recommendations for this book.
First: get the paperback.
The free copy I got from Laura was the ebook. I’m more than fine with that, but I have since ordered a paperback version. Partly, ebooks are not my preferred format in general, but this book in particular I feel benefits from actually being able to hold and read a physical copy.
Because it will be more like reading a letter.
Second: read it twice, minimum.
Yes, twice. In your first read-through, you’re mostly going to be seeing which letters apply to you and the way you write. For the second read-through, take the time to read each letter thoroughly. Pause often, think about what Laura’s saying, and begin to note which letters resonate with you.
Those are the letters you should mark (somehow, whether with bookmarks or highlights) to return to later, when you need the encouragement.
Laura’s love and enthusiasm for words, and most importantly for writers and authors is infectious. Her encouraging spirit is obvious from a single interaction with her, and if you are a writer struggling to find your words, or you know a writer who is, this book is necessary. Not simply because of the words within it, but because it contains Laura’s heart.
About the Author
Laura A. Grace had a lifelong dream of getting to know authors behind the covers of her favorite reads. Little did she know that one day she would become an author too!
Now an avid book blogger at Unicorn Quester and writer of clean, Christian manga, Laura creatively balances her passions of supporting indie authors and feeding her readers new stories.
In between, she wields plastic lightsabers with her children and binge-watches anime with her husband. Join her quest to find wandering unicorns for your favorite authors at unicornquester.com!