What I learned from Beta Reading

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First of all, what is Beta Reading?

Beta Reading (From my understanding):

A Beta reader gives the author feedback (plot holes, continuity, believable characters and maybe fact checking) on a finished manuscript before the manuscript turns into an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) that is sent out to reviewers. These readers should really get medals because it takes hours to read a manuscript, take notes, rate it and provide efficient feedback. In other words, they are REAL LIFE SUPERHEROES for self-published and traditional published authors.

Therefore, one needs to find beta readers before thinking about reviewers for an ARC, before self publishing, and BEFORE sending your manuscript to a publishing house. If you skip this part because you think that your manuscript is fantastic and the agent is going to love it, you need to drink more coffee. Beta reading is worth it and finding good beta readers can make you see your manuscript from different angles, especially when looking for plot holes.


Here is a form that a Beta Reader can use for evaluating a manuscript. I am using this form at the moment for a novel that I am beta reading for an author. This is just a variation of what you may receive from a beta reader or give to him or her. You may find others online or from other beta readers and authors.

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So here’s what I learned:

  1. Beta Reading is hard, takes work.
  2. There are 10 categories and if you add category 11 (fact checking) that adds more work.
  3. It’s hard to beta read without fixing typos and commenting on the manuscript so use Google Docs. You’re able to beta read and the author sees your comments right away. Saves times for the author.
  4. Some bloggers offer beta reading services for a fee.
  5. There are groups on Goodreads for beta reading. Authors can post blurbs and beta readers respond. Beta readers state if they will do it for free or for a fee.
  6. It’s good to thank beta readers, acknowledge them on websites, blogs, twitter, and inside the novels. They did a lot of work and read your manuscript from first sentence to the last. Thank them. They are superheroes.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Is a weekly post to share what you recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this week. It’s hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate. I took the idea from NOVELGOSSIP.

I had an okay reading week. Read three books and planning to read more. I decided to do this post because I keep forgetting my plan for my “To be read pile” so I hope that this post will help me and help you ^_^

 

What I Read Last Week: 

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The three above books are rated at a 5, well written, and have attention grabbing story lines.

What I’m Currently Reading:

5 on Page 50

To read:

2 I liked the blurb.

What are you guys reading? How was your week last week?

Book Review: The Land of Stories (Beyond the Kingdoms)

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Book Title: The Land of Stories (Beyond the Kingdoms) 4

Book Author: Chris Colfer

Source: Bought at Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

For my review of book 1, go here: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)

For my review of book 2, go here: The Land of Stories (The Enchantress Returns)

For my review of book 3, go here: The Land of Stories (Beyond the Kingdoms)

Please don’t read this review if you haven’t read the first three books. There are some spoilers.

This book is a continuation from the cliffhanger of book 3 and boy was that a cliffhanger. I mean… Alex saw her father! And thank goodness that later the twins learned the truth. I did say about spoilers. There are more jumps between what’s happening in the Otherworld, fairy tale world, and fiction worlds. I’m wondering if Alex will ever see Arthur again, that was an interesting twist that Chris added.

What I really liked was the Masked Man won, well relatively, because it added more realism into the story line. It made everything more dire and interesting, something that would have been missing if Chris did not add the twists about the Masked Man. Well done.

Also, I would say that this is a Harry Potter equal. However, it’s more for middle grade kids and not for older teens because Harry Potter did turn darker and darker. These series, one can read still at age 12 when the characters are 14 and probably still enjoy it.

Stay tuned for my reviews for the rest of the books in the series. Bought book 5 on Sunday.

Recommend to middle grade kids and adults who love fairy tales.

Book Review: Wisteria Witches

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Title:  Wisteria Witches Snip20160827_20

Author: Angela Pepper

Source: Downloaded free Kindle book from Amazon.

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints d5d4d3d2d1

 

Oh, what a fun read. It’s about Zara and her daughter Zoey (age 16) move to Wisteria and what they find in their new house and learn about themselves. This is my second novel that involves librarians and magic and both of them are really different and for slightly different audiences.

Zara is a fun mom and her relationship with Zoey reminded me of the show Gilmore Girls. I liked that show when I was younger. Zara is a natural when it comes to parenting and flirting with handsome neighbors. There is a lot of flirtation and Zara isn’t afraid to say how she feels… about anything. Romance begins to blossom towards the end so this novel is really more about Zara and Zoey, solving a mystery about previous owner of the house. The findings were surprising, but I wasn’t paying attention much to the mystery. I was more focused on Zara.

A must read.

I highly recommend to the readers  (18+ years) who have an interest in paranormal romance, witches, and shifters.

Book Review: A Gift of Ghost (A Tassamara Novel)

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Title:  A Gift of Ghost (A Tassamara Novel) Snip20160827_19

Author: Sarah Wynde

Source: Downloaded free Kindle book from Amazon.

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints d5d4d3d2d1

I think this would fall under a new adult paranormal romance. I love ghost shows and ghost stories so when I saw this novel for free, plus a nice cover), I jumped at the chance to read it. I am happy to report that it did not disappoint.

It’s about a woman named Akira, who decided to take the chance of taking an interview far from home (California to Florida) and ends up making the best decision of her life. Akira is a physicist, smart, and can see ghosts. Of course, she gets mad at her lover when he starts telling the world of Tassamara about her ability and worse yet of why they hired her. It’s a nice novel that I breezed through fast and enjoyed the witty conversations and experiences. Akira really did surprise me with her physics vocabulary of persuasion towards Zane. At first, I blushed and then I laughed at her boldness which I did not believe the character to have. I love surprises when it comes to characters!

I highly recommend to the readers  (18+ years) who have an interest in paranormal romance, ghosts, sort of fortune tellers, and magical finders. You guys will love this.

Book Review: Arrival at Portal Island: The first mystery book in the Civilization Hunt series

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Title: Arrival at Portal Island: The first mystery book in the Civilization Hunt seriesciv

Author: Attila Benő

Source: Bought Kindle book through Amazon.

My Rating : 3.5 Dragon Prints 3.5

Our main character, Michael, gets an invite to a mysterious island where he learns about monuments, a castle, a barn, and that civilizations disappeared from the location without a trace.

It was really fun to follow Michael around over the island and hear his crazy ideas. However, he was really stupid when he met a man, the impostor, and let him go on his way. It was surprising because Michael seemed to me to have a head on his shoulders and when the stranger did not say, “Oh you must be Michael,” that should have been a heads up, but I guess for the story line to continue, Michael had to be less perfect so it’s forgiven. So, it was really fun to hear the theories by Michael and the kid, who’s name I can’t write because his brother has a similar name. That was more fun to read than just focusing on how to get through the portal.

I don’t play video games, but I’ve seen a series where a hidden program was hidden behind a 90’s game so this graphic novel reminded me of the show. This was my first experience reading a story that reminded me of a video game which was nice because it was more about the dialogue and not the characters. We already have a clear view on how they look like which leaves us room to create our own theories about the portal and that’s me approving of the style considering that I’m not a fan of video games.

Overall, I believe that Attila did a terrific job and I can see how much work went into it, probably a lot more than into a novella because of the graphics and so many scenes.

It was a pleasure following Michael and watching the ghost of the castle. That was my favorite part.

Arrival at Portal Island is a fun read if you don’t think about the archaeology aspect because I didn’t find anything remotely archaeological which is why I gave the graphic novel a 3.5 dragon prints. I recommend this novel to graphic book lovers.

Enjoy.

 

Book Review: The Land of Stories (A Grimm Warning)

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Book Title: The Land of Stories (A Grimm Warning) land

Book Author: Chris Colfer

Source: Bought at Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

For my review of book 1, go here: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)

For my review of book 2, go here: The Land of Stories (The Enchantress Returns)

Please don’t read this review if you haven’t read the first two books. There are some spoilers.

This book happens after time passes and the twins haven’t seen each other in a long time… a year? I actually wasn’t paying attention if it was a year or two, though they are now 14 years old. Alex is the next Fairy Godmother. Conner is the next Grimm, that is until stories of the Grimm get out about the two stories that Conner turned in class. However, the third story is a warning and Conner gets to travel around Europe to try to get back to the Land of Stories, along with his crush and a new friend. Let’s not forget the sassy Grandma Pearl.

This novel was a really fast read. A lot happened and I was surprised that Chris was able to put all of those ideas into one book, well two because unlike the other books, it ends on a cliffhanger so good thing book 4 is already published and I’m not waiting for it. The portal is open and the twins get reunited and work on saving the Land of Stories once again… this time from the French. It’s always about the French!

The cliffhanger was surprising and I already started reading book 4 where the story becomes more hectic, but I’m looking forward to it. It was good to see the twins growing and trying to make the right decisions. It was also nice that Chris added more characters who have access to the Land of Stories. It made things easier for Conner when he was stressed out over what would happen to his sister and all of his friends.

Stay tuned for my reviews for the rest of the books in the series. I have a lot more to say about book 4 already, but can’t so stay tuned.

Recommend to middle grade kids and adults who love fairy tales.