Category Archives: Beta Readers

Hone Story-Telling Skills Without Writing

I’m going to start this post with a short personal note. Over the past week I put a house on the market that I designed and built. I had my first surgery outside of wisdom teeth removal and have been stuck in bed. And while bed-ridden, moved from the house I built into a basement […]
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Manuscript Isn’t Selling?

The thing I hear most often at writing conferences is the following : I’ve edited and edited. Worked and worked. And I still can’t get an agent or publisher interested in my Manuscript. So, I paired up with MAKEREADY DESIGNS/QUIRKS & COMMAS to offer the following: A free read of chapter one (no more than 4k) – at […]
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what the BL*RB to write next

You wanna write books that’ll sell? Sell them to yourself first.    The more years I spend writing, the more I see the benefits of having a workable pitch before I start writing, and the more I beg others to do the same. This helps keep the focus of the project as narrow as it […]
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Humilty & Ego

There’s a place for both humility and ego in any creative project. Ego has its place in drafting, in creating, in crafting… Humility is needed for editing and yes, crafting goes here too. The one time I get the perfect balance of humility and ego is when I’m working on a project with another author. […]
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Reading out Loud: A story

So, I’m working on a plot-driven novel rather than a character driven novel. If you’ve ever read one of my books, you’ll know this is the OPPOSITE of what I normally do, but spreading writerly wings, remember? Anyway. I usually read out loud to Mike just after my first draft, when most of my book […]
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Critique Like a Sandwich

So, my last post talked about how EGO is not for EDITING, and we got into a discussion about giving and receiving feedback, which turned into – HOW CAN I BE A BETTER CRIT PARTNER? Be Aware of Bias Critique Like a Sandwich – ALWAYS smoosh the not so great things, with the great things […]
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EGO is not for editing

I’ve seen a lot of authors struggle for years to get their books out into the world, and something that many of them have in common, is the unwillingness to accept critiques. There are a million reasons under the sun to keep something in your story the way you want to keep it, but when […]
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