How to be a More Sustainable Writer

Last week we talked about how to live more sustainably as a reader, so today we're going to touch on ways you can do that as a writer! Little steps make a big difference, so let's get into the small changes we can all make as writers! Go Digital Wherever Possible So, I know I... Continue Reading →

How to Know Your Target Audience

Hey, everybody! While we've already discussed how to pick the genre for your book, the age demographic is also important to figure out--especially for marketing purposes. Today, I'm going to talk about some of the different age ranges for books and what they mean. With that said, let's jump right in! Also a short disclaimer:... Continue Reading →

Dealing With Negative Reviews

So, you've read some of your negative reviews or plan to. There's probably a big ball of emotions in your head right now, which is understandable--this book is your baby. How could somebody not like your baby? But how you deal with it matters most. That's why today we'll be talking about how to deal... Continue Reading →

Should You Read Reviews of Your Book?

A lot of authors struggle with whether they should read their reviews. Some authors read them, and the results are far from great. Other authors avoid reading any reviews, and suffer from a lack of feedback-based improvement. So...What should you do? Is there a middle ground? Personally, I think that reading at least some is... Continue Reading →

Writer & Reader Lingo

It can be difficult to understand all of the lingo for reading and writing communities and platforms. What on Earth is a WIP? What about an MC? What's bookstagram? I know I struggled with it at first. Here are some of the important words and abbreviations you need to know! Abbreviations WIP: Work In Progress... Continue Reading →

Do You Need a Prologue?

Hey, everybody! I've been reading a lot of books that use prologues lately. Many writers include unnecessary prologues, or struggle with whether to include one. Here are some questions to consider when debating a prologue! Does it Add to the Plot? This one is probably the most important, so we’re going to talk about it... Continue Reading →

How to Pick a Story Idea

So, you've already got loads of ideas, you're super pumped to write...But, which one? Many writers struggle to choose between their ideas, and then end up writing nothing at all! It's important to choose and get writing, so here are three questions to help you out! What's the Most Developed? Take a look at your... Continue Reading →

Beta Testing Your Novel

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I’ve recently finished finished my revisions after beta-testing my novel, Outliers, so I thought it would be a good time to share my process and some tips for beta-testing your own novel. Beta-testing has helped me a great deal with improving my novel, and I’m excited to say that I’m starting with professional editing at the beginning of February! My beta-readers have been wonderful, and hopefully this advice will help you to make the most of your beta-testing, too.

The Basics

Beta-testing is essentially having other people read your book and give you constructive feedback before the professional edit. This should be done when your book is at the best you can make it on your own, not at it’s first draft. You should be at a point where you’re confident in your story, and not embarrassed to share it with others. And by others, that does not mean…

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