A Beta Reader critiques your manuscript, and provides feedback to help you improve it. Lots of people will suggest asking a beta reader to copy edit your work. I don’t recommend that, and here’s why.
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Scrivener is a small-but-mighty piece of writing software that revolutionises the writing process for long manuscripts – book, script or academic thesis. Microsoft Word was created for business writing, and it’s very good at it. But long-form writing is different. For long-form writing, Scrivener is now my hero. See my top 3 features that could make your writing life easier, too!
When it comes to writing books, grammar is not the only thing. It’s not even the most important thing. Let me show you what I mean…
When you type The End on the first draft of your book, you are only just beginning.
How do you find a good beta reader or “test pilot” to critique your manuscript, preferably for free? Finding the ideal beta reader can be a challenge. But here are some tips for where to start.
A good beta reader can help you make your book manuscript 10 times better than it was before. But where do you find one of these magical creatures?
A beta reader gives you feedback on your finished manuscript, so you can adjust it before you set it loose on the world. These are the reasons why every writer needs beta readers.
Do you ever struggle with your and you’re? Do you know when to use there, they’re and their? What about it’s and its? Do you use the apostrophe in “it’s a nice day” or in “the planet had it’s own gravitational force”?* Now, I know you’re getting a teensy little headache just thinking about this, but stay with me, there will be prizes later. You can win the spelling wars, without bloodshed.
Yes, we all live in an electronic world these days, untethered by concrete reality, communicating like mad things on various iThingies. Paper is so 2002. But if you want to do a good job of editing your book, you need to print it out. Yes, I’m serious. Print it on actual paper, seize a red […]
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