Reviews


Reviews of Everyday Book Marketing


Review from Chicago Center for Literature and Photography...


"Everyday Book Marketing is an indispensable resource for aspiring authors, novice authors, self-published authors, and even authors from large mainstream houses with their own promotions departments. Midge Raymond has written this for authors still bound to the Day Job and those with already full social calendars. Even five minutes thinking about how to promote your book will make all the difference. The practical advice contained within has more worth than many other alleged guidebooks that come across as nothing more than thinly veiled self-help books." … Click here to read the full review…


Review from Portland Book Review...


"Midge Raymond gives authors easy and practical advice on how to promote their book, find new readers, and engage with fans…This book is exceptionally well written, and is broken into manageable sections that allow authors to easily glean ideas for better promotion. After each section the author gives tangible advice on what to do with 30 minutes of spare time, 15 minutes of spare time, or just a couple minutes each day. Whether you are a seasoned writer, or just beginning your first novel, this is an important book to own. You will find yourself going back to it again and again for reference and assistance." … Click here to read the full review…


Review from Literary Ashland...


"Raymond covers groundwork, promotion, book tours, book launches, book groups, social media, and much more. And while I’ve thought about many of these things, Everyday Book Marketing catches the details that are important (mailing lists, length of readings, not over-promoting, giveaways) and stresses effective ways to get the work out important without bogging the reader down in particular tools…Every writer should take a good look at Everyday Book Marketing." … Click here to read the full review…


Review from Ashland Daily Tidings...


"Everyday Book Marketing: Promotion Ideas to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life is a practical guide for authors on the verge of being published, already published, or still drafting their masterpieces. It's adaptable to writers who have a few hundred dollars to spend promoting their work — or tens of thousands of dollars…Raymond walks writers through such basics as getting an author photo, launching a website and getting promotional printed material, such as business cards and bookmarks." … Click here to read the full review…


Review from Seattle Wrote...


"This is the kind of book that you'll want to buy and highlight throughout with things you'll want to come back to for reference. It's an incredible tool for writers." … Click here to read the full review…



Reviews of Everyday Writing


Review from Portland Book Review...


"Raymond writes in a way that gives the reader real hope that a writing life is possible. Of particular interest are Raymond’s clever tips for being a writer when one doesn’t feel like writing. Because of the book’s size, the reader can revisit Raymond’s encouragement or try a prompt any time, such as when waiting for the dentist or sitting through a child’s soccer practice…Everyday Writing is a book worth owning and pocketing for those who struggle to make time for writing." … Click here to read the full review…


Review from The Writer magazine...


"[Everyday Writing] offers readers a variety of ways in which to fit a writing practice into the nooks and cracks of a busy existence … Raymond has a gift for dispensing gentle, intelligent advice that even the most harried and overworked will find inspiring … Everyday Writing gives us permission to call ourselves writers, and found time to practice our craft." — review by Melissa Hart


Review from Savvy Verse & Wit...


"Everyday Writing is just what writers need…Raymond’s writing style is as engaging as her advice, and the writing prompts can be used for any project."… Click here to read the full review…


Review from Ashland Daily Tidings...


"[Raymond] shows you how to find time and space to write, while offering a wealth of writing prompts to get you started when a blank screen or piece of paper is staring you in the face…One of the most useful things about Raymond's book is the list of more than 150 writing prompts she offers…Raymond's prompts are so intriguing." … Click here to read the full review…


Praise from Judy Reeves...


"Practical and encouraging with refreshing touches of humor, Midge Raymond shows us how to use our everyday lives as material for our writing and offers intriguing prompts to get us started (from five minutes) and to keep us going (a weekend retreat)." — Judy Reeves, author of A Writer's Book of Days


Praise from bestselling author Jenna Blum...


"Whether we're aspiring writers or already published, in this age of overcommitment and social media, we all lose connection to our writer-selves. Midge Raymond's cool, clear, lovely voice in Everyday Writing is the way back. This invaluable collection of writing prompts and sage advice should be on every writer's shelf—and used!—alongside Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird and Stephen King's On Writing." — Jenna Blum, author of New York Times & international bestsellers Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers


Praise from Mark Kramer...


"As a teacher of mid-career writers, I'm delighted with Midge Raymond's Everyday Writing. It's an Rx in my pedagogic pharmacopoeia. The subtitle, 'Tips and prompts to fit your regularly scheduled life,' suggests it as a personal tool to encourage and ease daily practice. I find myself prescribing its specific, bright, small exercises even to accomplished writers. The exercises are planks to throw across the moat of hesitation many of us encounter daily as we turn to our work. Here, I've been saying, start with these ten minutes of misdirection, and you'll likely arrive early in a right place. It's good for writers, and useful for writing teachers."
Mark Kramer, founding director (retired) of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism, former writer-in-residence at Smith College, current writer-in-residence in Boston University's journalism department



Reviews of Forgetting English


Review from The Seattle Times...


“Raymond's prose often lights up the poetry-circuits of the brain, less because of lyrical language and more due to things that work as both literal and symbolic nouns: stolen rings, voice-mail messages gone astray; heavy-footed humans in the middle of fragile habitats." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Seattle Books Examiner...


“All of her stories are heartbreakingly honest ... I wouldn't be surprised if she started getting compared to Alice Munro or Jhumpa Lahiri." ... Click here to read the full review ...


Review from The Short Review...


Forgetting English is an enjoyable read; Raymond's style of writing is engaging, her locations exotic, her endings are often resonant and deftly written, and what her stories express about travel and exploration is honest and forthright." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from The Rumpus...


“Raymond has quiet, unrelenting control over the writing; each story is compelling and thrives because each detail and line of dialogue reveals just a little more about the characters and the evocative settings."... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Read All Day...


“Using taut language, straightforward plots that give a sudden twist, and unflinching characterization, Raymond brings us face to face with people once sure of themselves, now unsure; once standing on solid ground, now they are rocked out of complacency or dormancy of their desires, and brought back to life, hard and fast. They are no longer secure, but they are more alive than before..." Click here to read the full review...


Review from Fiction Writers Review...


“In her impressive debut collection, Forgetting English, Midge Raymond sets her stories in a variety of locations outside the continental United States...Alongside personal, human histories, Raymond incorporates larger traditions. Marriage rites. Fertility symbols. The meaning of jade. The natural history of the penguin." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Seattlest...


Forgetting English is a wonderfully written, powerful compilation of short stories. After reading it, we're not surprised at all that the collection was the winner of the prestigious Spokane Prize for Short Fiction in 2007." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Luxury Reading...


“Midge Raymond will soon become one of your favorite authors." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Write Meg!...


“Midge Raymond’s Forgetting English offers readers vignettes with a common theme: every story involves a stranger in a strange land...Regardless of where they start out, how we leave each character is the genius of Raymond’s writing." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Raging Bibliomania...


“Both stylistically simple and deeply poignant, Raymond imbues the women in this collection with both wise self-assessment and heartbreaking reality, giving her readers an intimate peek into the minds of women that run the spectrum from obsessed to heartbroken to isolated." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Author Exposure Book Club...


Forgetting English is an entertaining collection of remarkably insightful stories. It was unlike any other volume I’ve read before. The characters were well-developed and memorable. The endings were both satisfying and thought-provoking." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Literate Chicks Book Reviews...


“Super writing with a lot of nuanced complexity" ... "Raymond certainly knows her way around a story" ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Green Hills Literary Lantern...


“These eight stories won the 2007 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, and prevailed, one suspects, in part because of the integrity of each combined with the degree to which they amount to a single coherent reflection on nearness and distance, on the possibility and impossibility of human connectedness. " ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Pleiades...


“Raymond skillfully uses the resources of place, culture, and language to reveal the complications of the heart and the complexities of human character and circumstance...Raymond’s characters don’t leave the way they came. They gain readjusted perspectives of themselves and others. What they end up doing with this knowledge will of course be determined by personal context and circumstance—and the faith to believe things can change or be better." — review by Jack Smith


Review from Reading Local Seattle...


“The most emblematic story is the excellent tale 'The Road to Hana,' which hinges on a suggested mystery and division between Ethan and Sue, the couple in the story." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Metroreader...


Forgetting English is an exquisite thematic collection of short stories...Raymond’s masterful prose transports the reader to various locales including Antarctica, Japan, and Tonga, to name a few." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Book Club Classics...


“Each place is vividly realized...In addition to Raymond’s lovely characterization and sense of place, her deft use of metaphor is intuitive and contributes to the sense of closure present in each story." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Book Chatter...


“This collection of stories is a restorative tonic for the soul...I was so mesmerized by the beauty of the writing that I spent an entire morning on the couch enjoying it. From one story to the next, I found myself completely and utterly absorbed." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Diary of an Eccentric...


“Raymond does a wonderful job giving us a peek at the lives of these characters...In few words, Raymond conveys a myriad of emotions, brilliantly showcasing anger and despair, passion and betrayal, grief and helplessness." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from 5 Minutes for Books...


“Raymond is a tantalizing author ... Forgetting English is an enticing look at travel as a metaphor for change and growth." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from Dr. Write...


“This collection is emotionally and stylistically consistent, and the events of these stories accrued to create the sense of a weary traveler who wants to return home, only she doesn’t know where that is." ... Click here to read the full review...


Review from A Reader's Respite...


"The writing is beautiful." ... Click here to read the full review...


Praise from Mark Kramer...


“Midge Raymond turns her elegant, austere sentences precisely, forcing unmediated, intimate connection with readers of her exotic tales. It's nothing short of style-alchemy, spare tales and lean words and stark characters sculpted so articulately they whisper the secrets of pure language itself. Forgetting English is well-named, a text informed by aesthetic convictions, recognizable people, alien circumstances, sentences that bind reader to writer, finally a composer's offering of untranslatable but realized emotion. Raymond will be noticed; she's written at a height of elegance and authenticity that no teacher can quite bestow, but that any reader will feel. Forgetting English reminds us why we read new writers.”
Mark Kramer, Founding Director and Writer-in-Residence, Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism, Harvard University


Praise from Melanie Rae Thon...


“When you forget English, you might learn to speak the forbidden language of your sister’s Tongan lover — you might find you understand the sweet murmur of the Gentoo and the ecstatic cry of Emperor Penguins. When the man you saved from the sea chooses the icy water a second time, you may bend to the universal posture of grief, recognizing the way your body echoes a bird’s in a wild communion of sorrow. Midge Raymond’s stories are a revelation and a delight, a journey from the frozen desert at the bottom of the world to the lush rainforest of Hawai’i. Prepare yourself to think in Chinese, to start over, to reveal your worst crime and discover you are a stranger to yourself, born again into a world where all things become wondrous and new, terrifying and possible.”
Melanie Rae Thon, author of First, Body and Sweet Hearts


Praise from John Keeble...


“Midge Raymond’s exquisitely written stories turn on relationships, and not just of one kind — between lovers, yes, but also within families, between sisters, among friends, or forged in chance encounters with strangers — and the turning often occurs in moments when the utterly mundane had abruptly conjured itself into crisis….Raymond’s eye for telling detail is very fine, as one expects of an accomplished writer, but to this she adds the informing eye of a natural historian of place.”
— John Keeble, author of Nocturnal America and Yellowfish