Aspiring Authors

Have you always wanted to write a novel?  Have you been working on one, or even have one completed, but don’t know what to do with?
When I became a published author and started doing book signings and school events, I was surprised how many people told me that they like to write and are in some stage of writing a novel. There were many people who helped me along my road to becoming a published author and I would like to repay the favor. It can be a confusing road, and it helps to have someone help you who has been there before. 

For these reasons, I’ve just decided to create a program to assist aspiring authors.  I will select submissions on an ongoing basis from authors who have a project they are working on.  The submission will mirror what editors and agents expects to get from an author.  From the submissions that I get, I will select one every two months and work with that author.  I will help you edit the query letter and your first three chapters, and help you find a few editors or agents to which they can submit.  
Additionally, I will answer any questions they may have about the process and give my honest feedback of their work.  I will do all of this free of charge.
In order to submit, please send the first 20 pages of your manuscript and a query letter to thecanticlekingdom@gmail.com.  The first submission period ends Feb 28th. Good luck!
Manuscripts:
Should be 12pt Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, with pages numbered and a header with “Author’s Last Name”/”Project Keyword” at the top of each page.
Query Letters:
Should only be about 250 words and should include word count of total project, genre, brief “movie trailer” description of the story, and a short paragraph about your publishing experience. 

Book Review: Alma the Younger

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=thecant-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1608610209&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThough this is the third book in Moore’s series of historical fiction based on the events of the Book of Mormon and the first one that I’ve picked up.  (It is nice that you can read the books in any order)

I have read The Book of Mormon many times and I think sometimes, it is easy to get into a rut where you start to forget that they were real people will real lives, which were much more complex than was recorded in the record that we have.  The author does a wonderful job of bringing these well-known characters to life and giving them a plausible life story, all while hitting the major points from the original record.

She also mixes in aspects of culture extrapolated from Central American and Mayan culture.  On top of this, she cites her sources, which made me feel like she had done considerable research before writing this novel so that the facts would be plausible.  I think this added a nice flavor to the novel and gave me food for thought outside the main story.

The story is so interesting that I think that this book can be understood and enjoyed even by those who have not read the Book of Mormon.  The themes of broken and reunited families, class inequalities, abuses of power, fall and redemption, love lost and gained are those which can be enjoyed by all readers, LDS or not.  Now that I have enjoyed this volume, I intend to go back and search out the other ones.  I will go ahead and list them below if you are also interested.

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Review: Pocket of Guilt

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=thecant-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1589824903&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrI have always enjoyed a good historical fiction and this one takes an angle that I have not yet seen.  It follows the plight of a German LDS Family through World War II and the challenges placed upon their faith.

I have read many different books about the time period, and this one still brought me new insight.  The author did a great job of providing references and a timeline of events  It was faith-promoting and interesting and eye-opening all at the same time.

Above all, it made me grateful to live in the country in which I live at the time that I do.  The freedoms I enjoy now, I should never take for granted.  It’s especially interesting for me, who has lived in Germany and has seen first-hand the effects on those whose parents and grandparents suffered through this pivotal time.