6 Tips to Help You Be a Better Beta Reader

This is the first installment in a two-part series on beta reading tips for readers and writers. If you’re a writer, you know that one of the most important parts of the process comes after you’ve finished your manuscript, and before you start querying and pitching: it’s the magical world of beta reading. And if you’re part of a writers’ community, chances are you have been asked by a colleague to beta-read for them. There are few things more rewarding than helping a writer sharpen their story. As a beta reader, you feel like you’re part of their journey to…

Marketing for Writers, or How to Build Relationships, Not Customers

Welcome to the first installment of What I Learned, a new blog series on the lessons I’ve learned from books: writing craft, character development, the business of writing, and everything in between. My current read (from the White Plains Public Library, naturally) is The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, by Amanda Palmer. This book is a revelation. Amanda (I feel like she wouldn’t mind me addressing her on a first-name basis) has taken everything she learned as a street statue performer, a stripper, a barista, an artist, a musician, and an all-around fearless human being and…