Why I don’t use Beta Readers #WriterWednesday #AmWriting

D.E. Haggerty

As many of you know, I’ve just finished the draft of my latest novel (insert shameless plug for new novel here). Now that the manuscript is off to the editor, it should be time to send the ARC to beta readers. Notice me rushing off to do that? No? That’s because I no longer use beta readers. Oh, the shame! Who the hell do I think I am not using beta readers?!?

I could go into a long background story of all the mistakes I’ve made with beta readers and even the heartbreaking story of losing a good friend over it all, but I’m just going to get to the heart of the matter.

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Reasons I don’t use Beta Readers:

Timing. In order to plan my book marketing properly, there is a two-month gap between the time I finish the novel and it goes to the editor…

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Happy Cyber Monday E-Book Sale Day!

Didi Oviatt -Author

HAPPY EAT YOUR HEART OUT ON E-BOOK SALES DAY!!!  Cyber Monday is possibly the biggest day there is for Kindle fans!  I personally have four books on sale, but the bigger picture is downloading every single one of your top TBR while they’re on sale! (the ones that actually are, anyway…. which is most likely a very large percentage of them!)

The first place to look is here!  This is a link to a whole slew of books that are on sale and it includes authors like L.S. Fellows, Barbara M. Webb, Felicia Denise, Jordan C. Robinson, Liv Bartlet, yours truly, and more!!

As for my own books, here are the links and descriptions of the ones you can find for 99 cents today!!  Enjoy shopping from home/the office ALL DAY LONG!  I know I will!

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation…

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Brickley Jules (@brickleyjules) • Fun Instagram photos

E89E572D-541B-4A72-A9AA-F16C14B5D2EFJust a few fun things I find and repost from Instagram.

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Free is always a good thing! #Books

Books make great gifts! #Sale

“In the Best Interest of the Child” #WriterWednesday

Felicia Denise, Author

Best Interest_Full_RevisedIn this short excerpt from In the Best Interest of the Child, Olivia Chandler is meeting Bruce Bellamy for lunch. There is a definite attraction between the two, but both are holding back – though Bruce…not as much! Enjoy!

Having arrived fifteen minutes early, Olivia took a few minutes to visit the ladies’ room to check her hair and makeup, and wash her hands. She was glad no one else was around because every time she glanced at her reflection in the mirror, she couldn’t stop herself from grinning.

“Get a hold of yourself, Olivia Louise! It’s just lunch with a man. You’ve done this more times than you can count.”

Exhaling slowly, Olivia hung her head. Yes, lunch with a man who seems to like me. Lunch with a man I actually like even though I just met him.

Olivia groaned and leaned against the sink. She should…

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Brickley Jules (@brickleyjules) • Fun Instagram photos


Just a few fun things I find and repost from Instagram.

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Self-editing 101 – a primer #WriterWednesday #AmWriting #AmEditing

D.E. Haggerty

There is absolutely no doubt writers need to self-edit a manuscript before sending it on to their editor and beta readers. There are tons of articles out there designed to persuade self-published authors to self-edit, but how exactly does one self-edit? To be honest, with my first novel (or two or three), I re-read my manuscript, took out grammatical and spelling mistakes, et voilà! Um, no. In the meantime, I’ve developed a system – somewhat. This system expands and alters based on the novel. Obviously, I won’t be looking for historical accuracies in a contemporary romance! Here’s how I go about driving myself crazy with editing.

Naturally, like a good little writer, I let the completed manuscript sit for a few days before I begin editing. Unfortunately, I can’t let it sit too long as I’ve inevitably promised the completed manuscript to my editor soon, and there’s no way…

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Brickley Jules (@brickleyjules) • Fun Instagram photos


Just a few fun things I find and repost from Instagram.

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#NaNoWriMo Week 1

Who’s started NaNo?

(Not me!)

I’m sitting out this go round. I’ll name several excuses that are just that excuses but I’m planning on being ready for Camp Nano in April and June.

Excuse Number One

I started a new part-time job over the summer that added twice as many day job work hours to my yearly schedule.

Excuse Number Two

My new part-time job turned into a full-time job about a month and a half in; almost doubling my daily hours.

Excuse Three

I’m in mid-edit of a book I wanted to publish in October but because of Excuse One and Two I missed my self-inflicted deadline.

I’m pushing myself to get this book knocked out and then I’ll push myself to finish writing my draft of the next one. Why I thought it was a good idea to write two series at once is a mystery.

But ultimately isn’t that the point of NaNo? To push ourselves to do what we didn’t think we could? So, maybe I’m doing more NaNo then I thought. I’m channeling it’s get it done spirit despite the odds.

I’d love to hear how writing is going for you. NaNo related or not.