YES! I have one who I can’t live without… So I’ve told him he’s not allowed to die—ever.
The best part about my James A is that when I’m supposed to be writing American (which, believe me is sometimes very hard for this Aussie to do.) He tells me the words I should be using. Then if I still don’t get them he’ll explain what they mean.
I sometimes wished the whole world spoke and wrote the exact same way, and then it would make my life so much easier. But alas, I’ve often been told that the world doesn’t revolve around me.
Some authors don’t share everything with the one beta reader, but I do mainly because I have a very hard time finding a beta reader. I’ve had a few over the years. some have just gotten too busy, others just disappear, and are never to be heard from again. But James A has been with me from the very beginning. I even met him on my first trip to the states and we went driving all over the place. It was awesome.
I can’t tell you about other people’s experiences, but I can tell you about my own. Not only does a good beta reader pick up the mistakes. they also help point out any holes in the story line, which gives me a chance to go and tweak things. and they also point out the need for contractions, and if I’ve over used a word.
I’m not a writer that is constantly re reading what’s previously written each day. I usually read through the last two paragraphs to see where I was heading and just let my mind flow. I only re read the whole story during the editing stage, or more so the final read through where I have one last chance to change things.
Okay, I had a game plan. I psyched myself up for what I needed to do. I sat down in from of my computer, and then… something completely bloody different ended up on the page. So now my perfectly thought out story has taken a turn so obscure that even I’m shocked. My 4K for the day turned into 2K while I try and wrap my head around where the story is now headed, and how the rest of the characters are going to react—let me tell you, it’s not looking good.
I’m at 27K in the story and the shit is about to hit the fan. I’m not sure whether to duck and find cover, or put on a raincoat and plow my way through.
In Other News: My beta reader James A is working on:
- The Freedomers 1: Zephania’s Chance.
- The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes. [chapters 1-4]
JUST SUBBED: The Day Walkers Guild 1: The Real You to Pride Publishing… so keep your fingers crossed for me.
You make Me Die In Pieces
Done & at the beta readers,
then onto Christie N at MLR.
came in at 94 K.
Can’t wait to see the cover for this one.
I’ve been busy as all heck this week. here is a little peek into my world… Firstly, I’ve seen the final of my Fireborn Publishing cover for The Diamond Rose 1: Gateway To Kalethia. I’m waiting for permission to be able to share it with you all. While we are still talking I should also add that I’m doing Galley Proof for this story as well. I should have it back to Kathy K at some stage today.
I’m also working on 1st edits on Storming Love ~ Floods: Adrian & Lockie. I will be finishing them today and getting them back to Kris J at MLRPress today. I can’t wait to get my cover on this one and share it with you all.
Yesterday I also received another round of beta edits on The Lines Of Marsden 3: You Make Me Die In Pieces… James A is now patiently waiting for the next four chapters. This one is also destined for MLRPress.
On another note I’ve plotted out Sons of Evenmore 3: Fear The Scarlet Moon. In between writing I’m trying to write the rough plots for all the books I plan on writing in 2015.
I just sent my beta reader (James A) the last 4 chaps I typed up on The Lines Of Marsden 3: You Make Me Die In Pieces… & I think I’m pretty close to showing off new cover art by Lex Valentine on Experimentals 2: Running Into Zero Tolerance… so stay tuned… I’m so fricken excited I can’t stop smiling.