Authors Helping Authors · Editing/Proofreading · quick advice

Beta Reading Cuts Editing Costs

What is a Beta Reader? A beta reader is a person who represents part of your target market and reads your nearly completed manuscript with the expectation that their input will help you develop plot, theme, character, pace, grammar, and spelling. They help flesh out issues you couldn’t have caught during your self-editing rounds because… Continue reading Beta Reading Cuts Editing Costs

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Writing Tips

“What Drives a Book Reviewer to Drink” ~ by Stefan Vucak

When I get into a hole while writing, to clear my head and let things sort themselves out, which they usually do, I download an e-book to review. Saying it like that, the process sounds simple, but selecting a book is fraught with apprehension and hopeful expectation. Bombarded with flashy covers and eye-catching blurbs, sometimes… Continue reading “What Drives a Book Reviewer to Drink” ~ by Stefan Vucak

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“How to Self-edit Your Novel” by Stefan Vucak

If writing simply meant putting words on paper or into the computer, we would all have lots more fun. However, our readers might not think too much of our efforts. All of us have spent our primary school and high school years learning English: spelling, grammar, sentence and paragraph construction, writing essays…the memories are coming… Continue reading “How to Self-edit Your Novel” by Stefan Vucak

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Inspiration

What Makes a Book a GOOD Book?

Is it the idea, the imagination of the thing? Is it the author’s style of writing, crisp and concise to intricate and elegant? Is it the polishing work that should happen once the writing is done, from editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, etc.? Is it a combination of all of the above or some other… Continue reading What Makes a Book a GOOD Book?

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Publishing

“Finding the Right Editor: Positive, Not Punitive” by Lori Stephens

Look for the editor who encourages you to excellence. You’ve finished your book, but before you send it off to a publisher or self-publish, you want to be sure that it is professionally edited, so you go shopping. There are just as many book editors as there are writers and publishers, so what can help… Continue reading “Finding the Right Editor: Positive, Not Punitive” by Lori Stephens

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“The Adverb Suddenly” ~ by J T Fisher

There are a few things can effectively ruin a writer’s day. Writer’s block, a cold shower, a tingling sense of hopelessness festering in the back of your mind. Running out of god damn coffee. But none of that matters right now. We’re here to discuss the weight class up, a problem that made you its… Continue reading “The Adverb Suddenly” ~ by J T Fisher

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“Revise Your Novel by Reading it Aloud” by Kevin Berry

No matter what stage of the editing process you are at, reading your novel or short story aloud can help. You can either read it to yourself or find a willing victim or partner to listen to you read it. Ask them to read it to you (as long as you ask them to look… Continue reading “Revise Your Novel by Reading it Aloud” by Kevin Berry

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“Lessons Learned in Getting Published” by Charles Ameringer

~by Charles Ameringer​ You’ve written a novel. You’ve poured your heart and soul into it. You’re pumped up and ready to publish it. You don’t expect to be rich and famous, but you enjoy writing and being creative and like any artist you need an audience. So, you check out the latest edition of Writer’s… Continue reading “Lessons Learned in Getting Published” by Charles Ameringer