The Rundown of Beta Reading

A Writer's Path

by Samantha Fenton

Definition of a beta reader: A beta reader is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting.

Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context. Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterisation or believability.

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EDITING 101: 43 – Punctuating Prepositional and Appositive Phrases…

EDITING 101: 43 – Punctuating Prepositional and Appositive Phrases…

Here’s another great psot from Adirondack Editing. This one is on the topic of punctuating prepositional and appositive phrases. Check it out on The Story Reading Ape Blog

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy ofAdirondack Editing

Punctuating Prepositional and Appositive Phrases

Wow! That’s a mouthful, eh? I guess we’d better start with definitions before we talk about punctuation.

A prepositional phrase starts with a preposition. Prepositions are words that indicate location—usually in the physical world, but they can also show location in time. Some common prepositions are in, on, behind, at, during, concerning, despite, etc. (click HERE for a complete list) A prepositional phrase looks like this:

  • in the morning

  • behind the dumpster

  • among the pink and blue summer wildflowers

Prepositional phrases can start a sentence. When do you need a comma then? When the phrase contains five or more words. If it contains four or fewer words, no comma is necessary, but it may…

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Help a robot girl out

Authors, Get your characters in to meet Lisa Burton. I know some of mine did and it was a fun, positive experience. You can get more exposure and have fun in the process. Check it out on the Entertaining Stories blog.

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton Radio exists to help authors promote their books to a new audience. This spot has worked well for over a year now, but we need guests to keep it going. Here is a little data about how it works, and some past posts to browse to see what you’re getting into.

Tell your friends, maybe one of them needs a place to post.

Drop me a line at coldhand (dot) boyack (at) gmail (dot) com. Let Lisa promote your books for you.

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Review: Kindlepreneur’s Free AMS Tutorial & KDP Rocket

Here is a very useful post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog with info on an AMS tutorial and KDP Rocket.

Nicholas C. Rossis

KDP Rocket review | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksYou may remember my recent post, Don’t Advertise With Amazon Until You’ve Read This. I mention there Kindlepreneur’s free AMS tutorial and KDP Rocket. Imagine my surprise when Dave Chesson, aka Kindlepreneur, contacted me shortly afterward to offer me a review copy of KDP Rocket. This was roughly at the same time that I was finishing his AMS tutorial, so I thought it would be a good idea if I reviewed both here.

Before we start, though, here’s a little extra to whet your appetite:

Amazon Book Description Generator

Dave offers a lovely freebie called Amazon Book Description Generator. This is a free tool that allows you to format your blurb in a way that makes it pop out. As Dave explains on his website,

Ever wonder why some book descriptions look nicer, have bigger words, and stick out more?

That’s because many self-publishers are…

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: EA Comiskey #Michlit #MotownLit

Motown Writers Network . . . Michigan Literary Network

EA Comiskey

E.A. Comiskey is an award-winning writer and nationally syndicated blogger. Her debut novel, More Things in Heaven and Earth (2016, Nuff Said Publishing) has been a best-seller in its category on Amazon and the sequel, Dwelling in Heaven and Earth (June 30, 2017 – Nuff Said Publishing) is the winner of the Wattpad Fic Awards for Best Supernatural/Paranormal Novel. Her work is broadly described as “speculative fiction” and often includes elements of mythology, fantasy, horror, and romance.

She lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, children, and a veritable zoo of creatures.


“The veil is coming down. What will be revealed about you?”

Simone Fitzgerald battles for a normal life against voices no one else hears. She seems to be succeeding, until an angel appears, asking her to embrace the voices as a gift and stand as The…

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Protecting Bedlam: Best Savages for the Job Part 3

Legends of Windemere

Previously on the latest tale of Cassidy & Lloyd.

(If you want, buy their previous rampages for $2 by clicking on the covers below.)

Cover by Jon Hunsinger

Cover by Jon Hunsinger


Ben smacks at the garage door opener until it causes the camouflaged entrance to his cave to pivot open. The hum of a generator greets the trio and lights flicker on, half of them nothing more than white Christmas bulbs hung on rusty hooks. Ben snaps his fingers to tell everyone to take off their shoes, his white carpeting still pristine even in such a dingy home. Mismatched chairs are around a table that has a strange hole in the center, which a standing lamp comes through. A collection of robes and suits are on a wheeled cart that one would find in a department store, each garment protected by a plastic covering. The simple kitchen stands…

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Meet Bridget Nash, Author

Meet author Bridget Nash courtesy of Rachel Poli’s blog

Rachel Poli

It’s my pleasure to welcome Bridget Nash to my blog!

Bridget Nash, Author InterviewPlease tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello! Thanks so much for allowing me to take up some of your online space!

I’m Bridget Nash. I’m just your average wife and mother who likes to make up stories when I get a few minutes alone. I like to write a lot of different things but I tend to lean toward speculative fiction which is just a fancy way of saying, “What if our world was different than what we know now?” Players began with the question, “What if we lived in a world where there were still traveling players like in the time of Shakespeare?

How long have you been writing for?

Except for those blurry memories from before I could hold a pencil, I can’t remember a time that I didn’t write stories to entertain myself. I was…

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