Thursday, January 23, 2014

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Jami Gold

Almost two years ago, I posted advice for howto find beta readers. In the time since then, many people have asked me where they can find beta readers. I’d love to be able to offer a mega-list of resources for finding beta readers, and maybe this post can be the first step.

As I mentioned in that older post, if someone can give honest feedback, they can be a beta reader. Beta readers typically comment on things like confusing sentences or plot events, where their attention wavers, and what they think of the characters.

So we’re not necessarily looking for writing craft experts. Instead, we’re often looking for people we connect with, people who will follow through on promises, and people who can read with awareness. That means we want someone who will push us and our story to be better.

Step One: Want to Be Better

Before we look for beta readers, we have to ensure that we’re ready to receive feedback. It won’t do any good to track down beta readers if we’re going to ignore everything they say or if we’re going to get upset that they didn’t love our work as is.

Beta readers are not cheerleaders. We’re wasting their time if we can’t honestly want to hear what they have to say. (That doesn’t mean we have to agree with everything they say. *smile*)
If we waste their time, they won’t want to work with us again. And if that happens, we’re back at square one in looking for beta readers. So if we want to keep beta readers, we have to value their time and at least respect their feedback.

Where Can We Find Beta Readers?

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets from Tuesday and Wednesday, here they are again: 
  1. Ask Jami: Where to Find Beta Readers | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  2. A 10 -Step Strategy to Writing a Family History Book - BLOG - Stories To Tell Books
  3. 21 Steps to Create an Awesome LinkedIn Profile - Jeffbullas's Blog
  4. Do you suffer from these personality quirks? Then you might be a #writer! Fun list from @EdieMelson #amwriting
  5. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Why Did You Write Your Book?
  6. Maggie Lyons Blog: How to Make a Book Trailer Using Animoto
  7. Writer Unboxed » To the Disconsolate Writer Who Hates Her Pace
  8. 76+ Places to Submit Your Free KDP Select Promotion for Your Kindle eBook - Training Authors for Success
  9. A note on historical romance sales in print | The Passive Voice |
  10. Phillip Margolin – The Storyfix Interview Tip: write what you love rather than writing what you think will sell.
  11. The Other Side of the Story: Thirteen Secrets for Sizzling Dialogue
  12. How to Beat the Self-Pub Stigma and Gain New Readers | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing
  13. Instagram Platform Ripe for Marketers Shows New Research | Social Media Examiner
  14. Anne R. Allen's Blog: Six Pieces of Bad Advice New Writers Need to Ignore
  15. 4 Key Areas to Focus Your Time Upon to Grow Profitable Blogs [And How Much of Your Time to Spend On Them]
  16. Promoting your book on Twitter in less than 10 minutes a day
  17. What is the Value of a Twitter Follower? - HootSuite Social Media Management
  18. All About The Money: Authors, Readers, and Ebook Prices | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  19. Amazon Hack: A Quick Tip for More Reviews and Networking with Reviewers! | Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
  20. Amazon Hack: An Easy Way to Make Changes to Your Book
  21. Sharing with Writers and Readers: Blog Tour Tips: Reminder or New Ideas for a More Successful Tour
  22. Self-publishing for Beginners: How to add an Amazon Store to your Facebook Page
  23. Call-to-Action Use in Social Media
  24. Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 2 Literary Agents Seeking New Clients
  25. Instagram: Marketing Inside The Frame - Heidi Cohen
  26. 6 Simple Photo Tools for Creating Social Media Visuals | Social Media Examiner\
  27. Kindle Sales Rank Calculator - Ranking Your Kindle Book Sales
  28. "The hard truth is this: every page needs to be your best page." via @Ava_Jae
  29. Are clich├ęs a death sentence to your MS? Here's why writer @Ava_Jae says not necessarily:
  30. The Book Designer — Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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