Monday, November 14, 2011

Taking on the Beta's

I have called out for Beta Reader's for Book 2 of the Mageri series. I'm reviewing those who are interested and collecting my questions that each will be provided. This will be a new experience for me as I did not do this with "STERLING". It is difficult to consider only because I have already written out the series, and have to be very careful as to what I consider editing. I'm still on a final draft revision, so once that ends I'll be ready to throw it to the beta wolves and hope they don't bite. ;-)

It's a good feeling to throw away all these post-it notes spread out over my bar, having incorporated these idea's into the book. I get flashes of idea's at the most random times. The other night, it was while driving in the car. I couldn't find my notebook and found myself trying to scribble the thought out on the back of an envelope while avoiding the curb. What I probably need is one of those recording devices, I never understood the use of those until I swerved from hitting a cat. Fear not: No animals were harmed in the making of this book.

The great part about the beta reading phase is I can put away my temptation to edit, because I will have to wait for their feedback before I can touch Book 2 again. This will give me time to work on the cover design and consider titles. I bet one thing about printed books author's enjoy is receiving their copy with all the raised print and shine. I just love running my fingers over the lettering, tilting it in the light and looking at the color effects. You don't get that same experience from an E-book. And while some do not even look at the cover, I hope that my designs are interesting enough that the reader does take a look and get lost in it for a few moments.

Now I must leave you so I can enjoy some ravioli's and french bread.

2 comments:

  1. :) good food is always a must, and I wish you luck and can't wait to start your books!!!

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  2. Beta groups are smart move, some new writers should really adapt this practice before putting their work out for the public.

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