Hi, How Can I Help You?

There have been a couple things I’ve being doing recently, which could be of help to some writers.

Firstly, prior to publication.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big advocate of getting feedback on writing. I’ve written a post about it in the past, which can be found here, and I have a page on the website all about finding readers for your work. Feedback is crucial to a writer – without it, not only will you not improve, but your work is unlikely to find publication – a beta/proofreader/editor will help identify typos, awkward phrases, plot inconsistencies etc. Every piece of fiction goes through some sort of editing, but if a slush reader sees a story – whether it’s short or long fiction – littered with typos, they’re not going to bother reading it, no matter how good the actual plot and characters are.

So yes, get feedback. How intensive the feedback is, and what you need in particular, are answers only you know. I give a variety of ways of getting it on the page mentioned previously, but it is a service I offer through Fiverr. I pride myself on being fast, honest, and encouraging, giving detailed critique regarding whatever story I’m working on. I have almost 30 five star reviews at this point, a number of repeat customers, and some of the authors I’ve worked with are currently self-publishing their work, have had short stories published, or are working towards querying. You can find out more details through Fiverr or contact me on Twitter (@elleturpitt). If you’re on a budget, just let me know, as I am able to do custom orders, as well.

And, secondly – reviews.

I started this blog to both promote my own work and writing, and others. I’ve done a number of reviews on here, and glancing over them, it’s easy to see how varied my tastes are. But I’ve recently started specifically reviewing horror for Dead Head Reviewswhere I’ve reviewed collections, anthologies, and a couple of novels, as well as my favourite podcast, Calling DarknessIf you are a horror fan, definitely check it out.

These reviews also go up on Goodreads. Though not all my reviews on Unwrapping Words are on there as well, if you want me to review your (non-horror) book for this blog, I’d put the review on Goodreads as well. If you’d like to contact me about reviewing your book, whatever genre, and whether it’s an anthology you’re featured in, your own short story collection, or a novella/novel, again, just DM me on Twitter. Let me know the genre, so I know if it’s for Dead Head or this blog.

Both the service & reviews have allowed me to read some absolutely excellent fiction, and discover new authors – and honestly, especially with the Fiverr service, championing these authors is something I really like doing, helping spread the word about their work and seeing them grow as writers. So why not contact me, and let me do the same for you?

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Guess Who’s Back, Back Again…

unwrapping wordsEllie’s back, tell a friend…

Yeah, so, one of the things I decided for 2019 was to revive this blog. I’ll be updating any successful submissions, confirming where my short stories can be read (all over on the About page, right now) as well as updating the blog with writing advice, as I have previously (such as here and here), book reviews – though don’t expect anything massively new, as I’ll be reviewing whatever I happen to finish reading most recently, and my TBR pile is currently pretty big, so need to get through that before I start buying brand new books. Maybe thoughts on films, games, podcasts as well, all of which I consume on a daily basis.

I’ll update as regularly as possible, and will try to get some posts written in advance, so there won’t be too long between updates.

I always welcome comments and discussions on anything I post, and if you have a blog you’d like me to check out, feel free to let me know. As well as on here, I’m also on Twitter (@elleturpitt).

So, just a quick catch up then.

I’ve recently read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which was so good I finished it in two days, squeezing in the last chapter before I had my hair-cut on Thursday. I’m currently reading City of Ghosts, and my boyfriend is trying to get me to read Star Wars’ Tale of the Bounty Hunters next, but we’ll see.

The last film I watched was Aliens, which was good and enjoyable, but I’m not completely sure if I want to watch any more in the series. I’d rather stick to my own head-canon, where Ripley and Newt live together happily ever after, maybe with Hicks, and definitely with Bishop popping in now and then to see how they’re doing.

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Two very bad-ass women

The game I’m absolutely loving at the moment is Jurassic World Evolution. I’m having a lot of fun with it, and I feel like I’ve really got the hang of it. It took me a while to sort of pick up on how to find my way around completely, but I think that’s part of the fun with games like this. I will, however, echo something a friend of mine said – I just wish there were more theme park elements.

Basically, I sort of want a JP Evolution/Planet Coaster crossover game, my other current favourite. I want to build roller-coasters that dip towards dinosaur enclosures, but maybe that would just make the dinos panic? In all fairness, I’ve had enough of that already.

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Mass transport of escaped dinos

So that’s it, for now. I’ll try to post something else in the coming days. And of course, I’m always willing to check out any book, film or podcast recommendations, if you have any.