The Pros and Cons of Beta Readers for Indie Authors

A great article regarding the subject of Beta Readers

Author Don Massenzio

When I finished my first novel, the only people who read it before it was published were my wife and my editor. I was nervous in anticipation of their reactions, but the suggestions they gave me made the book that much better. Luckily my editor looked at the content and quality of the story along with the punctuation and grammar issues.

My second novel went to a couple of additional readers. I had heard of the concept of beta readers and my editor participated as a beta reader for various authors. A beta reader is someone who reads your book before the final edit. They look for things like the quality of the story, continuity (if your book is part of a series) and the overall appeal of the book.

At first, as I looked at the concept of beta readers, I was hesitant to give away free copies of…

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Guest post: Cass Alexander

Once again I have been harassing other writers to guest post on this blog. This week’s guester is the lovely Cass Alexander, who talks about whether to use a Pen Name. Enjoy!

Cass1My Name’s Not Cass, But You Can Call Me Cass

by Cass Alexander

Prior to publishing my first romance novel, my husband and I debated whether I should publish under my real name or use a pen name. Marketing, in the short term, would be easier if I used my legit name, because I know lots of people. And, let’s face it, it’s pretty damn cool to see your name slapped on the cover of a book.

But, in the end, I didn’t have the balls to use my real name. Like all healthy, well-adjusted citizens of the world, I blame societal pressures.

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Avoiding a Meltdown: Backup your writing!

If you follow me on facebook you will know that I managed to kill my laptop this week when I spilt a whole cup of hot tea on it.

That was followed by a stress worrying whether my cloud had completed its last backup

So, for anyone who might be a clumsy as me, I am reposting this about backups to remind you all to keep your shit safe!!

Happy writing
Ari

eternal scribbler

3d objectsEarly on in my writing, when I was just a young teenager I wrote a sci-fi novel. It was probably the most I’d ever written by that age and was spread over 2 floppy disks (ahhh showing my age now!)

As I shared a computer with the family I couldn’t save my work on the computer itself and so the only copy of the story was on floppy disks.

To my horror, one of them became corrupted. I lost over half the novel and was never able to retrieve it. There are no words to describe the feeling of loss when you lose your writing.

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Quotey Quotes!

To try and get me back into the swing of blogging, enjoy this post of quote.  I WILL be back tomorrow with a post. Ari x

QUOTES

Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. ~Will Durant

A fanatic is one who sticks to his guns whether they’re loaded or not. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Our repentance is not so much regret for the evil we have done, as fear of its consequences. ~ Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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Taking care of myself

If you wonder where I have been, I have had trouble settling and suffered a number of bad days. So have not been able to come back to this blog fully.

Please be patient with me, I want to get comments answered and a new post up soon.

Thanks

Ari

Almost back

Last few weeks have seen us relocating to Northern Ireland… and boy has that been “chaos in a hurricane”!

I am still unpacking boxes, trying to find cables and getting settled. Should be back to regular scheduled programming next week.

 

 

Interview with Jayne Denker

This week’s guest post is an interview with the lovely Jayne Denker, auther of  Your New Best Friend. Enjoy!

Jayne.pngInterview with Jayne Denker

Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always been a writer—I remember writing stories when I was little. I had my first commissioned poem (for summer camp’s last-day ceremony) when I was nine or ten. When I was around twelve, I started writing novels, almost none of which ended! I feel guilty that I’ve got characters hanging out in another dimension, going “Ahem—!”

I knew I wanted to write for a living when I attended a reading by one of my favorite authors. He was reading from his newly published book (or possibly one soon to be published—I forget) and he started giggling. At his own jokes. And I thought, “I want to do that.” I wanted to do something that would amuse me, and make others laugh.

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Interview with author Khaled Talib

This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Khaled Talib, author of Incognito. Enjoy!

KhaledInterview with Khaled Talib
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?

I was fourteen when I tried to write a detective story.  I wrote it on a school notebook.  Halfway into the story I gave up when the person sitting next to me pried into the content when I was not in class.  He laughed at me, but he didn’t seem to understand what I was trying to do.

I’ve been reading detective books, which inspired me to write my own story.  From that day, I stopped writing, but there was a yearning to tell stories.  It took a long time before I listened to the little voice again.

Q02 – Did you find people supportive when they learned you were a writer?

Not at all.  I once told a distant relative who lives overseas that I wanted to write.  He told not to waste my time.  He said a few more things that was disheartening.  There are other stories, of course, but you get the drift.  From that day I kept my dreams to myself.
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