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Responsibilities of a Beta Reader

“You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book.”

-Margaret Atwood

A “beta reader” is a person who will read your story to see if it is a fit for the market, and they will also provide valuable feedback to fix problem areas in your manuscript. 437 more words

Writing Hints

Pro tip # 2

Never set your fantasy novel before or after the ‘Elven Wars’. I don’t know why fantasy writers always have their elves warring, but we’ve seen this too many times.

Manuscript Review and Mentorships Available from The MFA Years Contributors

Image: Francisco Daum

Reservoir Lit and Anthropoid Co are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to help pay for an AWP book fair table and promotional materials. 229 more words


Danny Chaucer and the author who's a glutton for punishment

Last week I announced the third and latest instalment of the Danny Chaucer’s Flying Saucer series – Mars Mission – now published as a Kindle edition. 1,184 more words


Seasonal Check-in

Greetings! I tend to mostly post here in spring and fall, for some reason. This is my “fall” post and I have done some much-needed housekeeping on the site. 176 more words

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“What an idiot! She didn’t understand this at all!”
“That moron! What does he mean that subplot was an unnecessary diversion?!”
“What is she thinking? I can’t possibly cut Chapter 6! 1,693 more words

Beta Readers: Why You Need Them

What’s a beta reader?  Someone who agrees to read your book to offer feedback, much like a professor does with papers before students submit them for grades. 250 more words

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