February 2022

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Happy February my lovely writers!

How are we doing on our reading and writing goals? I’m excited about this month’s book reviews. When I started the Book Smuggler’s Den in 2018, I had an idea of what I wanted my blog to be. Having blogged before on epilepsy, I wanted this blog to be more interactive and open to having others contribute. This then became the start of my now thriving business.

My husband is a business-savvy man and encouraged me to continue to make this site a business instead of a hobby. He recommended a few reads regarding business. At first, I thought I was going to be bored to tears with these reads. I do enjoy nonfiction, but I thought once I was out of school, I’d be out of having to read dry material. However, these February reads were upbeat and incredibly helpful for my business and my mental health.

If you’ve been wondering about our submission status, we are still open to having writers of all experience levels submit to our site. I’m sad to say that Submittable raised their rates by over $100 since I set up my submission page there in 2019. As a small publication and a free publication to submit to and read, I can’t afford to be there anymore. I have set up a new form on Google Forms where you can submit your pieces to the magazine. Our policies are the same as you will see when you fill out the submission form.

Being an author is a business and I hope you find these reads as helpful as I did.

Happy writing,

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The Great Alone, Kristen Hannah
A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L’Engle
Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen by Gerry Davis
The Life She Was Give, Ellen Wiseman
The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks & Sarach Pekkanen


You Are A Bad Ass, Jen Sincero
Peak Performance, by Brad Stulberg, and Steve Magness
The Lean Startup, Eric Ries

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