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I’m Baaaaaack!

This is probably harder for me to believe than it is for you, but after more than two years and lots and lots of thinking I’ve made the decision to come back. Well I’ve made the decision to test the waters a bit and see if coming back to blogging is something I really want to do.

First let me start by thanking all of you who have read, are reading, who have come back to read the blog. I especially want to thank those who have stopped me over the years to tell me how much you loved and missed the blog. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it has meant to me. As writers yourselves I imagine you have some idea of what it feels like to have a reader express appreciation for the work you do.

A lot has changed in the publishing world in the last two years, a lot was changing when I left. I have no doubt that because of this changing world my posts are going to be a lot different from what I wrote about 8, 5 or even 2 years ago. I’ll probably write less on query letters and more on industry news. Maybe. I don’t know.

In other words, I really don’t have any idea what I’ll be writing about or how often I’ll be writing. What I can guarantee is that whatever I write about it will be the same me you’ve gotten to know over the years. I’ll say it the only way I know how, truthfully and directly, and I’ll probably get myself in trouble a time or two.

So let’s get the ball rolling. Welcome to all of you who are here and please, in the comments, let me know what you’d like to hear about or what you’d like to hear me rant, rave, or generally drone on about.

It’s good to be back!

–Jessica Faust (JHF)

Category: Blog



  1. I read this blog faithfully when I was just starting my writing career and I can honestly say I am so glad to have you back! It was great to be able to have a little insight as to what happens on your side of the desk. Happy writing!

  2. You made my day brighter! Honestly, your input is more valuable now than ever before. Doesn't feel like any of the old rules apply, and we are all like pioneers without a trusted trail guide. We need a trail guide. And who better than you?

  3. Welcome back, Jessica! Your blog was one of my favorites, and I'm so looking forward to reading your new posts. Your insight is always appreciated and valued! 🙂

  4. Welcome back, Jessica!
    So pleased. Your previous blog posts helped me immensely!
    Glad you've come back to us!
    Looking forward to hearing more from you!
    Writing's going well, just won the Pacific Hearts Award for the full novel with A Long Trail Rolling (Prev. Express Desire).

    Lizzi Tremayne

  5. Delighted to see you're turning your attention back to the Book Ends blog, Jessica! I read so many of the posts, no matter how old, and always learned something more about the industry. Welcome, welcome! I look forward to hearing what you've got to say with your unique perspective on this ever-changing business.

  6. Your blog was one of the best resources around when I was first trying to figure out this whole "writing" thing. (You were kind enough to answer a question or two of mine, too!) I'm really happy to see that you're going to be blogging again, and I would definitely urge you to still do newbie writer questions occasionally – there's a lot of advice out there, some better and some worse, and it was nice to have an actual agent say "do this and don't do that" instead of just having to hope that so-and-so with a blog (but no publication credits) knew what they were talking about.

    So in summary: welcome back!

  7. As one of those writers who continually pounds on doors without getting any response, I viewed your blog as a spy camera into the inner sanctum. I'm really happy to have my camera up and working again!

  8. Do all these comments answer your question? Blog on what matters to you, advice you want to share, and do it on your schedule.

    Many who blogged in the early days had a specific agenda and rigerous schedule. That has changed too.

  9. It's so great to see you!! I only started reading this blog this year, so I was kinda sad that the last post was in 2012. Here's hoping this blog will be just as rewarding for you now as it was then!

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