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An Indie Author Guide to Saving Money on Editing—Part 3: Using Readers

Welcome! In this series so far, I’ve covered patience and self-editing. This week, I’ll cover how you can use readers to save money on editing and give a few tips on how to find them. Why You Need Readers If you are a career-track author, your editor should be a…

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An Indie Author Guide to Saving Money on Editing—Part 2: Self-Editing

Welcome to the second part of my weekly series on methods that indie authors can use to save money on editing. Last week, I covered patience and the ways in which slowing down can save you, the indie author, money on editing. Self-editing can also save you money, and it…

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What Is a Beta Reader? (Updated November 2017)

“What is a beta reader?” As a writer and editor, I am a member of many writing groups, both online and off, and I hear this question with surprising frequency. For simplicity, you can head over to Wikipedia and get this definition: “[A] beta reader…is a non-professional reader who reads…

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Editors versus Beta Readers

I recently listened to a podcast about beta readers on The Journeyman Writer at Storywonk. It got me thinking about the differences between beta readers and editors and why a lot of writers think that they don’t need an editor when they have beta readers. Certainly, there will be writers…

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