7 Reasons Good Writers Need Beta Readers

When you hear the word "beta," what comes to mind?A variety of uses are made of the word "beta," and it's not always what you think:In today's world, built primarily on technology, a beta may be an individual or company testing a proposed software, a new type of computer, a high-tech phone system, or any … Continue reading 7 Reasons Good Writers Need Beta Readers

Tips for Rewriting Your Manuscript, Part 2

Last week Part 1 of Tips for Rewriting provided three tips:(1) There is no perfect first draft;(2) Never look back; and(3) Write, wait, edit.Today I have other tips I hope you will find as helpful as I did as I came across them in reading on the topic of rewriting.Tips in these two posts may … Continue reading Tips for Rewriting Your Manuscript, Part 2

Beta Readers’ List of Don’ts | Writers’ Expectations (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I posted on what beta readers do. This week we'll take a look at what they don't do and what writers expect of a beta reader.* * *In the last post we determined what beta readers are not: A beta reader is not related to the fish of the same name, i.e. beta … Continue reading Beta Readers’ List of Don’ts | Writers’ Expectations (Part 2 of 2)

Beta Readers | How They Function (Part 1 of 2)

Today I am posting the first of two parts on beta readers covering specifically what beta readers do. In the second part, I'll look at what they don't do and what writers' expectations of beta readers are. * * *When you hear the word "beta," what comes to mind? I usually think of the Greek alphabet … Continue reading Beta Readers | How They Function (Part 1 of 2)

Careful Self-Editing Could Save $$$$$ — Part 2

In Part 1 on self-editing and its cost savings, I shared a list of  items to give close attention to before handing off your manuscript to a professional editor. You might think finishing the items on the list means everything is ready for your editor.But wait! There's more . . . much more you'll want … Continue reading Careful Self-Editing Could Save $$$$$ — Part 2