Beta Reader, Personal, Snippet Sunday, Website, Writing

This is it!

I am officially out of work and on the path of stay at home mother and writer. I have tried to throw myself into these new roles by deeply cleaning my home on my half days of work the past week and focusing on one of my books Kat and the Cursed. There are snippets of this book on my Snippet Sunday page.

The last couple of weeks I have not been able to do as much as I would like with the writing and learning aspect, I have mostly focused on cleaning as I love to have a nice clean house, and I have been listening to a lot of audio books as I work. As I read in On Writing by Stephen King it is important to read a lot when you are working on writing and I agree.

I am thinking of adding more days that I post to my website, though I don’t want to overwhelm anyone that gets notices each time I post. I’m thinking of doing reviews of the books I’ve read, I’m sure they will not be long reviews but I feel it will help me really digest the book and think about plot lines and what I did or did not like about the book. This, in turn (hopefully), will help me better my own writing if I practice what I do like and try to avoid what I do not.

For example, I have three I am currently listening to. One is the second book in the Selection series The Elite. This book I was enjoying very much, loved the first book, however halfway through the second I’m feeling it’s getting repetitive and a bit annoying so I felt I needed a break from it. I started the second book in the Defy series, Ignite, while I was breaking from the other book. This book is just as well written as the first and I’m sure I will finish it quickly. The other book is 1000 White Women. While I find it interesting in the way that it is told and altered history of it I am finding it hard to finish it. I will finish both books. As it is pointed out in On Writing reading good books is great but bad books (or ones you find a bit less interesting) will probably teach you more.

I have found one website that I would like to look more into. It is called MasterClass. It seems to have classes done in a variety of areas by famous people in that area. Obviously I would like to take classes in writing, learning their tricks and getting incite to how they develop their ideas into novels (though they do have other classes that may interest me). The price is a little expensive for me though, $90 for one class of 24 lessons, or $180 for a year subscription and all access to every class they offer. If I’m going to do it I would think the better deal would be 180 for all access. Also if I do it I would probably wait until my son goes back to school to make sure I am able to make the most of my purchase.  If anyone reading this has tried it out let me know what you thought of it!

Focusing on one book is hard for me honestly. I have so many that I want to write, they all try to push forward. One of my goals is making myself focus on one until it is completely done. Kat and the Cursed is at my least favorite part of writing. The editing and getting feedback. I love getting feedback, good and bad, however I always need to push myself to listen to suggestions without giving over to them. Sometimes I am the type to go through the critics given by the beta readers piece by piece fixing or changing everything they mentioned. I know, however, this can greatly change a story and may end up not being the story I want to tell. It may change my character too much until he or she is not who I wanted them to be. I will slowly be teaching myself how to handle the comments and making sure I keep in mind my original idea for the story in general and my original characters.

That’s it for this week. Next week will be my first chance of staying at home full time and getting more done. Hopefully I’ll have more information on Kat and the Cursed progress and more interesting tidbits of things I have found in my own search on writing and publishing and all it entails. Have a great week!

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Books I’ve read (listened) to this past week:

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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series) by [Fergus, Jim]

Defy (Defy, Book 1) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]   Ignite (Defy, Book 2) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]

 

The Selection by [Cass, Kiera]    The Elite (The selection Book 2) by [Cass, Kiera]

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Beta Reader, New Story, Personal, Publishing, Writing

Beta Readers Wanted

It’s been far too long. Life has thrown my family and I a few curve balls but I’m hoping to get back on track with my writing. I have a book finished and have asked my friends to read it however their lives are pretty crazy busy as well so I’m looking for beta readers. 

A beta reader for those that are not sure is someone who gets to read the book first. You get to tell the author (me) what you thought of the book all for free. I’m not looking for someone to comb through it and edit it. I have an editor that does wonderfully (though if you’d like to do some feel free). Mostly I would love to have someone (or a few someones) to read over the book and tell me what you truly thought of it. 

The hard part about this is that I need people that will be honest with me. I have thick skin and I take (constructive) criticism very well. I want to make sure I’m putting something good out there. If you want to be a beta reader please make sure that you are willing to tell me what you really thought of the book the good, the bad and the ‘that was a piece of shit’ (just in nicer words please lol) 

Because this is before I have even had my editor go over it you have to be able to look past grammar issues. I am horrible about that. Also I use spell check but sometimes the word is spelled right but not the proper word so you’ll have to be able to look past that as well. I understand that for some that is VERY hard.

The book (Kat and the Cursed)  is a YA or NA (not sure which market I want yet) and a romance with just a splash of paranormal. It is completely written (so you will not have to wait for the ending)  I would like to get it out to some publishing companies as soon as possible but I would like to make sure that it all fits well first. This is my first attempt at using beta readers (besides my friends) and welcome any newcomers that want to try to be a beta reader. You would get the book for free and in return for the book you tell me what you think. 

I will be posting for more beta readers each time I have a book to read because not all my books are going to be romance. (Though I do seem stuck in that area right now lol) 

I may use some of your comments (the good ones of course) as quotes for the book when sending to a publishing company or (if I publish it myself) on the book’s cover or inside. Please contact me through the contact me link or you can email me at groomsbooks@yahoo

Thanks so much for taking the time to read everything and if you have any questions/comments feel free to ask!

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