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Beta Reading, Part 2

Beta Reading, Part 2

Beta Reading, Part 2 For beta reading, part 2, let’s take a look at the actual feedback process. But first, let’s get the mechanics out of the way. Practical Mechanics When beta reading, you are generally only using a few possible programs. Here’s how to best use them: When using Microsoft Word, go to Review and…

Beta Reading

Beta Reading

Beta Reading Beta reading is both an art and a science, I feel. There are good ways to do it. And there are not so good ways. But as an independent writer, the best way to get beta readers to help you is to become a beta reader yourself. Here I’ll address common issues and…

Working with a beta reader

Working with a beta reader

Working with a beta reader A beta reader is somewhat different from an editor. For one thing, beta reading is done for free. Beta Readers Beta readers are people who read over your work and evaluate it before it goes to a publisher. They might read for typos, spelling errors, grammatical issues, and punctuation problems,…

Transitioning from fanfiction

Transitioning from fanfiction

Transitioning from fanfiction If you first wrote in someone else’s universe, and now you want to claim your own, you may be transitioning from fanfiction. Going from fan fiction writing to wholly original writing It’s more than just ‘filing off a few serial numbers’. How writing fanfiction can help you It teaches you how to…

Choosing an editor

Choosing an editor

Choosing an editor Choosing an editor can be tricky. Sometimes, you just end up with whoever is cheapest or whoever you know. But if you have a choice in the matter, consider it carefully. It’s a business relationship like any other Do yourself a favor, and write a contract. This is a sample copyediting contract,…

Interview with EJ Roberts

Interview with EJ Roberts

Meet EJ Roberts EJ Roberts is an all-around indie author reviewer! Today I’m doing something different and handing over the reins to her. She’s from A Drop of Ink Reviews. So take it away, EJ Roberts! Background I am EJ Roberts, the reviewer for A Drop of Ink Reviews. So let’s sit and talk about what…

PitMad on Twitter

PitMad on Twitter

PitMad on Twitter Have you ever seen the #PitMad hashtag on Twitter? Why should you care about PitMad? Let’s take a look at what PitMad is. What is #PitMad? It is a quarterly pitch session on Twitter. Essentially what you are doing is tweeting about your work, but it is only on specific dates, and…

MSWL (Manuscript Wish List)

MSWL (Manuscript Wish List)

MSWL (Manuscript Wish List) Have you ever seen the #MSWL hashtag on Twitter? It stands for Manuscript Wish List. So, what the heck is a Manuscript Wish List? What do publishers and agents want? Agents and publishers have seen it all, or at least they think they have. They are on the lookout for something…

Writing a query letter

Writing a query letter

Writing a query letter Now that you want to get your work published, it’s time to write a query letter! It’s understandable to be a bit anxious about this. Practice will help a lot, not just with writing better queries, but also with your nervousness. Understand that many famous authors were rejected several times before…

Writing a blurb

Writing a blurb

Writing a blurb Have you ever written a blurb for a book? Here’s how. Grab the reader’s attention The idea is to be engaging to the reader. Blurbs are short promotional pieces. They used to just be on the backs of books, but now they can be the copy you read on an Amazon author…

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