Category: Process

Alpha-Readers vs. Beta-Readers

Alpha-Readers vs. Beta-Readers

A question that comes up a lot in the writing groups I’m part of is the question of what alpha-readers and beta-readers do. What’s the difference? What is the purpose of each? Today, I wanted to tackle those questions and help you understand how best to work with each group. Continue reading “Alpha-Readers vs. Beta-Readers”

3 Indicators That It’s Time to Let Go of a Project

3 Indicators That It’s Time to Let Go of a Project

This post is a little ironic, seeing as I’m gearing up to promote a book I edited after I’d already published it and clearly didn’t let go of, but… here we are. With the new year, many writers are taking on new projects (or refocusing on existing projects) and letting go of others. But how do you know whether to prioritize projects or let them go? Here are a few indicators your project might be ready for the far back burner. Continue reading “3 Indicators That It’s Time to Let Go of a Project”

Indie Publishing 101: What NOT to Do

Indie Publishing 101: What NOT to Do

Over the past few weeks I’ve talked about the pros and cons of both traditional and indie publishing, what’s really involved in self-publishing, and what you can get away without. This week, I’m going over the things NOT to do if you’ve decided to self-publish. Continue reading “Indie Publishing 101: What NOT to Do”

Indie Publishing 101: Non-Negotiables (and what you can get away without)

Indie Publishing 101: Non-Negotiables (and what you can get away without)

Last week I wrote about the (extensive) ideal process of indie publishing a book. However, sometimes the ideal isn’t plausible, your goals aren’t for a long-term career, you just want a foot in the door, etc. There’s a long list of reasons you could get away with only adhering to some parts of that list. So this week I’ll be discussing which items on the list are non-negotiable and which can be waived. I’m pulling all of these steps directly from my previous post, so check that out for explanations of what I consider each step to entail. Continue reading “Indie Publishing 101: Non-Negotiables (and what you can get away without)”

Indie Publishing 101: What Does It Really Take?

Indie Publishing 101: What Does It Really Take?

Last week I talked about the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing, and this week I want to talk about the steps to publish a book if you go indie. From first draft to marketing after you’ve published, indie publishing (and traditional publishing) takes a lot of time and effort, and I want to shine a light on some of the concrete steps to publish a book if you go the route of indie publishing. Continue reading “Indie Publishing 101: What Does It Really Take?”