Tuesday, 16 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara knows her dad is hiding something but he won't share what. An exercise in frustration. 😤😤 Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTFT . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts1 #dyingthoughts #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost #yalit #reading #joeypaul #writinglife
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From Joey's Instagram


Check out this awesome review and beautiful photo by @book.amour . #Repost @book.amour (@get_repost) ・・・ Name- Blackout Author- Joey Paul Genre- YA fiction Pages- 214 Blackout by Joey Paul is a wonderful young adult fiction work, talking about a teenager, Tally, and her life when she wakes up from a long coma, supposedly caused by a heavy drug consumption. Tally is a young girl with wonderful friends and is enjoying her school life. Being the most popular girl at school, everything seems perfect until one day she is told that her entire life was a dream. In reality, she doesn't have many friends and is bullied by others at school. Finding it difficult to absorb, she is shocked to find that even her father seems changed. Coping up with her new 'real' life at school, she starts getting flashbacks of her life and instances before she got into a coma. The book is her journey placing these pieces of information together to make some sense and know what actually happened. Paul has beautifully narrated the story of teenagers through Tally. The writing is simple but the element of thrill maintains the interest till the end. The book beautifully says how it is not always necessary to fit in, the right people come your way on their own. Though the climax was shocking and unpredictable, I felt it was a little too much. No doubt though that the book was worth the time. Thank you @authorjoeypaul for this amazing book! QOTD- What are your thoughts about teenage problems? #booklove #bookish #reading #bookstagram #books #bookreview #bookaddict #bookgeek #bookworm #bookaholic #novels #bibliophile #readingisfun #booksarelife #booktime #bookshelf #booksofinstagram #booknerd #beautifulbooks #favouritebookreview #blackout #joeypaul #youngadultfiction #thriller #bookamour
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Monday, 15 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And that's my fourth signing done and over with. Looking forward to 2019 and doing what I can then but as of yet I have no confirmed signings planned! 😫😫✒✒📚📚 . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksigning #Darker18 #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul
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Beta Readers - The After Process


BETA READERS

Now I did a video on this recently (found here) but I thought I would touch on it a little as a Monday blog piece since it's something that I see a lot of questions being asked and people wondering about this part of the after process. I did, way back when I started the blog, have a piece about them, but I decided to update things now I have a few more books under my belt.

So what are beta readers? They're people within your target audience who read your manuscript in chunks and answer questions about it, way before it's published. Generally they're reading a second, third or fourth draft and they'll read it, go through the bits that work and the bits that don't. This usually all happens before you get to the professional edit simply because why pay to edit a book that's most likely gonna have lots of changes done to it. Beta readers come in all shapes and sizes and they need to be people who would normally read your work. There is little point in asking someone to be your beta reader if your work isn't something they'd pick up in a book shop.

As for what they do, they help you find any pitfalls and good points and all of that. It's a necessary part of the after process because it enables you to get that first idea of what readers think. Generally people will go through multiple rounds of betas. I've done up to five before to make sure that my book is up to scratch. A round of betas can be anywhere from 10-15 readers. When you get back their thoughts, you can make the changes and then will recruit another 10-15 readers for a second round and so on. The reasoning behind not using the same people is that you're wanting them to react to your work for the first time. If you use the same people, then you're not going to get that reaction, even if you've made extensive changes.

Now, where do you look for betas? I know this is a big question a lot of people want to know. The simple answer is everywhere. You can post on your social media asking for people wanting to read. You can use sites like The Book Robin Hoods, or Beta Books, though the last is not a site I've used and does cost after, I think, two or three betas. However, there are places out there. And while I've said that 10-15 is the better number, I know some people won't get that much interest and that's simply down to not having the social reach, which is okay. You can work with what you have and ask for signal boosts from other writer friends.

As to how you get their feedback, you can do this a number of ways. I prefer to do a questionnaire that the reader will fill out right after they finish reading that chunk, and from there I can work out what parts they liked and what parts they didn't like. On top of that, I can combine several different reactions. You may find that you have some changes that only one beta spoke up about, whereas others will be a general consensus. Beta readers are a necessary part of the indie and sometimes, traditional, publishing process. They are as useful as critique partners and can be a goldmine when you find ones who love your writing style.

I do know of other writers who do an interview with each beta and that can work for you should you wish. What you're asking for is detailed feedback. You don't just want to hear: It's great! I love it! But why, and what parts were great and how they were great. For some readers that's more work than they're willing to put in, and because of this you might find some of your readers dropping out, but that's okay because it's just part of the process. I generally have a waiting list or back up people just in case this happens.

Of course implementing their feedback is a daunting task, and of course, creative control stays with you at all times, but it needs to be done. This is not something you want to skip, because then your first reader reactions come after publication and when it's too late to change anything. So betas are a necessary part of the publishing process and while sometimes difficult to find, are best to utilise.

Do you have any tips on finding betas? Let us know in the comments below!


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Sunday, 14 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


A bonus Sunday video on a tad ranting video about editing. It's basically not optional! 📚📚📚 Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writingvlog #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #writinglife
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Friday, 12 October 2018

Review of In The Shadows by Sharon McDonnell

Until the age of fourteen Kiki lived a normal life, she was a happy, well-adjusted teenager, the only thing that marked her as different was her belief in her imaginary friend, Gabe. Shortly after her fourteenth birthday everything changed. Gabe was gone, and in his stead, came vile creatures out of her worse nightmares who wanted to control every aspect of her life.

Desperately trying to get on with her life Kiki hides what is happening from everyone, except her sister Tracey. As her sister’s mental state deteriorates Tracey’s is forced to take action

Kiki is hospitalised where she is drugged and is now at the mercy of her tormentors. Then begins an extraordinary journey into darkness that draws many people into her inner hell.


My review: 4 stars
This sounded like my kind of book, and so I picked it up. It was a different style than I'm used to in it all being told as prose rather than any dialogue, but once I got into it, I started to find it easier to follow. It tells the story of Kiki, Tracey and some of the people they meet along the way. Kiki has had a normal childhood, up until she reaches the age of fourteen and then everything seems to change for the worst. Tracey intervenes and it ends up with Kiki being admitted to a hospital, all the while trying to fight the darkness and inner hell. It was an interesting twist as the book continued and I found myself enjoying it as it came to an end. Good read.

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And it's Thursday! That time of the month when I talk about all I did last month! Been a busy September! ✒✒✒ Find it here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #writingadvice #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber
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Life Of Joey - October 2018 [CC]


All about my life in the past month and what I've been up to!

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tally has some issues with anger! 😡😡😡 Find out more here: www.books2read.com/BOUT . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #bookboost #bookworm #amreading #readersofinstagram #yalit #reading #Blackout #readera #wriringcommunity
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