RS: Beta Readers . . . Are Awesome


Last week I talked about my plans for ‘Slippers & Chains: Sugar Dust’. I plan to release it myself through Little Vamp Press and will do so as soon as the background is done. This decision has meant several things:

I now have to work out how I want my covered produced – do I use the fantastic Taria Reed who made the original BP cover, or do I go my own way and use previous routes like with the Meeting Each Other series?

I have to work out how I want to distribute: eBook only? Print too? Which platforms do I want to go through? Do I give Amazon their crazy exclusivity or do I make use of Smashwords and All Romance to get to the harder to reach nooks of the erotic romance fan base?

lifted from openclipart.org

Credit: bitterjug

Above all those things, is editing. The weight of that is on my shoulders now because I simply can’t afford the services of wonderful people like Jennifer who was my editor with BP.

Which means, more time spent making sure every sentence is exactly as I want. More time thinking about plot and arc and characterisation.

Bring in the beta readers!

I’m in a very fortunate position. The BP author group has remained open giving me the ability to chat with all the other wonderful people who were part of the BP family. And many of them are willing to beta read.

little pink worm reading a book; bookworm from OpenClipArtI can’t tell you how valuable this is. Not only do I have some lovely talented people looking at my words, but they’re also avid readers. And this is the most important thing: beta readers are readers. People who will look at your book with a critical eye, geared towards how the general buyer may perceive your book.

This is an invaluable step that should never be missed in any editing process.

DSB talked about this in the last Joined Up Writing Podcast so if you want to hear her thoughts on that, check out the episode at your leisure. This post is to give thanks to some kind and generous people:

Summer Ross
Noelle Riches
Shellie Rosewarne
Jo Huysamen
Sarai Johnson

Thank you all, so, so much for taking the time to read ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base.’ Your comments will help me do what matters the most: provide a story that is fun, engaging, intelligent and funny.

Much love to you. x

Raven's Signature In Black

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About Raven ShadowHawk

I take great pleasure in writing erotica and am merely one side of the proverbial coin. My other half, 'Ileandra Young' writes fantasy and the occasional comedy piece. My six-part series 'Meeting Each Other' is available in full, through Amazon and Smashwords while my debut novella 'Sugar Dust' is now re-released (!) available through Amazon via Little Vamp Press.
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