Reading a Book Via Text – What?!

By Teodora Zareva: How This Couple Turned Teens’ Love of Texting Into Love for Reading Books | Big Think

Now this is an interesting concept. How many of you would like to read a book this way? Personally, I try to find ways not to be on my phone, but I suppose, waiting at the doctor’s office or someplace else, it might be handy, but it would take me a long time to get through a book.

I can definitely see it for teens though. And for the people that think it corrupts the reading of books . . . Just like comic books, anything that can get younger people reading is fine with me. Is this going to be your next novel?!

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Beta readers

Kevin has some good thoughts on beta – readers.
My thought is – and I’ve said this before – always thank your beta readers in some tangible way, whether you thought they gave you good advice or not. They are giving you their time, the that is a most precious commodity 🙂


Welcome readers of Kev’s blog to my monthly editor’s guest post where I’ll be discussing beta readers today.

Every author’s dream? Or nightmare?

Come to that, every editor’s dream or nightmare too.

But, firstly, what is beta reading? And alpha reading?

An alpha read is looking at an early draft copy that is pretty raw.

A beta copy should polished and virtually finished. It should be well self-edited so that it is clean for the beta readers.

Beta reading is basically reading through a draft MS and giving a reader’s opinion of the story.

‘Meh, I didn’t like it’ isn’t really good enough.

It needs to be ‘Meh, I didn’t like it because …’ of plot, characters, pacing, tension, or even overall style of writing.

Also, ‘Meh, I didn’t like it because I don’t like vampires’ doesn’t cut it either. If you don’t like vampires, don’t offer to beta read…

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Reader’s Favorite Award and others

Wanted to let you know you have until June 1st to enter the Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest – Enter Today!  It’s one of a few legitimate book awards that independent authors can enter and one that is respected in the book world. The nice thing about this award is you can use an ebook to enter, you don’t have to use print (or was it a pdf – I forget). IPPY is another contest, but you need print for that. And I just learned about is the Eric Hoffer Award for small, academic and Independent Presses.

Eric Hoffer Book Award - for Small, Academic, & Independent Books

I have listed other contest and helpful links in my Helpful Links tab on this website, so take a look there as well. (note: some of these links are affiliate links, so if you use that link to enter the contest, I get a small commission.)

Awards are a great way to show readers that your book is worth a second look, so look at the various contests and enter!

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Midwest Book Award Winner – 2017!


I don’t feel comfortable tooting my own horn too much, but I did let you all know Intrigue in Istanbul: An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure was a Midwest Book Award finalist in the children’s book category, so I thought I should share that it WON!

How exciting is that. It was kind of funny. I didn’t actually expect it to win (not that I think it’s a bad story or anything – it did win a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award last year) but I had been a finalist before for Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up, which did not win, so I guess I expected the same.

For an FYI Intrigue in Istanbul is what I call a family story – it’s written for middle grade readers and up. I’ve had many adults who have enjoyed it, which is what I was going for, so I…

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Book Distribution For Self-Published Authors Beyond Createspace & Kindle 

I agree with Steven Spatz in this post – putting books (ebook or print) is a must for Amazon, but don’t stop there. The other company that has made it very doable is IngramSpark. They are not as user friendly or free (as compared to Amazon), but their distribution options, known name and quality of product make it worth the small investment and time needed to set your book(s) there as well. Though I would not use IngramS. for your ebook – there are many more and less expensive options – my favorite being Smashwords, since they put you ebook on ibooks, B&N, Kobo, library distributors and more.

The #1 mistake made by self-published authors! Here is a list of book distributors for worldwide book sales in addition to Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

Source: Book Distribution For Self-Published Authors Beyond Amazon & Kindle | BookBaby Blog