The Official Page of Rachel Howzell Hall
Thanks so much for all of your writing insights at the Johnson County Public Library Writers conference.
Who am I?
Rachel was born in Los Angeles, California fifteen days after Paul McCartney announced the split of the Beatles. As a child, she kept a pen in her hand, writing everywhere—in notebooks, on loose-leaf paper, in her big brother’s prep-school yearbook and on the back of church bulletins. But never on walls, buildings or freeway overpasses. That is graffiti.
For four years, she lived in the forest at UC Santa Cruz. There, she received a degree in English and American Literature, and helped to charter the Pi Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated.
She left Santa Cruz in 1992 and returned to Los Angeles. Since then, she has worked a variety of jobs, including for incredible organizations like PEN Center USA West, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, City of Hope and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
In 2002, her debut novel, A QUIET STORM, was published by Scribner to great notice, including reviews from O Magazine and Publishers Weekly, with a starred review from Library Journal and also chosen as a “Rory’s Book Club” selection, the must-read book list for fictional television character Rory Gilmore of The Gilmore Girls. She also published two e-novels: THE VIEW FROM HERE and NO ONE KNOWS YOU’RE HERE. In 2014, the first novel in the Detective Elouise Norton series was published, the critically acclaimed LAND OF SHADOWS, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and included on LA Times’ ‘143 Books to Read This Summer’ and the UK Telegraph’s ‘Top Ten Crime Books for Summer.’ In 2015, she followed up with the second in the series, SKIES OF ASH. New York Times called Lou Norton “someone you want on your side.” Rachel was also a featured writer on NPR Crime in the City. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Mystery Writers of America, and
has participated as a mentor in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ Writer-to-Writer program.
The next novel in the Detective Elouise Norton series, TRAIL OF ECHOES, will be published in May 2016. She lives with her husband and daughter in Los Angeles, the land of exceptional drought – despite the recent El Nino effect.
Historical fiction, like most novel subjects, requires research. Learn the elements of research through the writing advice of author M.K. Tod.
Source: Elements of Research – Historical Fiction | Now Novel
The novel synopsis is a source of great consternation for many writers, and I completely understand why. To be honest, I hate writing them, I hate reading them, and I know I’m not alone. They are, usually, both crime and punishment. But they are a necessary evil for several reasons, which I’ll mention. Read on … Continue reading “How to Write a Novel Synopsis”
Source: How to Write a Novel Synopsis | Kidlit
If you are writing a nonfiction book, chances are you will have to do a fair amount of research. Here are seven of the most effective ways to go about it.
Source: 7 Ways To Research Your Nonfiction Book | BookBaby
If authors and publishers aren’t aware how much book bloggers can help a book get noticed, then they should read this 2016 Book Blogger Survey. Barb Drozdowich has complied information from 502 bloggers who share why they love being book bloggers and reviewers. She asks these bloggers seemingly simple questions but the answers are thought provoking and informative.
The survey had 38 questions and on average took responders about 9 minutes to complete. What Drozdowich put together is a compilation of important percentages that show the value of book bloggers. These percentages prove to authors and publishers the importance of the help they can get from bloggers and how dedicated bloggers are about reading and promoting books.
These survey’s also share the participation from book bloggers from around the world. This proves authors can be promoted globally. Readers will see that 75% of book bloggers participate in blog tours. Also 96% of these bloggers post their reviews to Amazon, Goodreads and other popular social media sites. Another interesting tidbit found was that book bloggers, 94% of them, read other book blogs. What this means is that bloggers want to become familiar with what other bloggers are sharing. As an author or publisher this is important because book blogger do purchase books and read for pleasure not just for reviewing. Basically, book reviewers buy books.
As a participant in this survey it’s important for authors and publishers to know that we book bloggers are serious about what we do. We actively build readership and we have the necessary power to help promote books and most importantly we love doing it. This survey provides so many valuable figures to authors and publishers and helps them better understand the need for book bloggers.