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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Sunday, 7 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


The day after #Darker18 And I have to share this photo of @paulaacton And I at the ball. It was an amazing signing and weekend and headed home tomorrow but bring on #Darker19!! Thanks to @hourglassevents for such an amazing time! ☠☠👻👻😍😍✒📚✒ . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksigning #purplehair #readers #readersofinstagram #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readersofinstagram
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Saturday, 6 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


At #Darker18! Come along and join the fun! Having an amazing start to the day! . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksigning #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity
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Friday, 5 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And we have arrived for #Darker18 getting some rest after the drive and chilling with Netflix and tea! Ready for the signing tomorrow! 📚✒📚. . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #booksigning #purplehair #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity
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Review of Starstuck by S E Anderson

She could barely look after herself. Now, she's looking after the entire planet.


After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.

Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human.

Now she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?

My review: 5 stars
I have been following this author for a while and had the chance to pick up a copy of this book. I was expecting a much more serious sci-fi and I have to say I loved what I got. The story is engaging from page one, pulling you into Sally's life and wanting to know more. It's fun, quirky and heart breaking at the same time. I loved this book and have happily picked up the second and third to read as quickly as I can. An amazing story with a world that's so like our own. You fall in love with Sally and Zander almost immediately and want to know everything you can about their lives. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good, funny sci-fi with some serious parts to it as well.

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


Happy Thursday! I'm talking this week about how to stay on track with your writing! ✒✒✒ . Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingtips #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Staying On Track Writing [CC]


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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


You know it's a bad day when your first aid pouch is in use. Bleurgh to nausea and pain. 😷😷😷🤢🤢🤢 . But I am still getting something written! How do you handle bad days? . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #spoonie #chronicillness #brittleasthma #oxygenuser #wheelchairuser #spoonielife #chronicpain #joeypaul #writinglife #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara's not sure about all these feelings and she's not all that sure that she wants to know either. Kaolin to the rescue! 👫👫 Buy here: www.books2read.con/DTSC . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #readers #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost #yalit #reading #booklover #bookstagram #DTSC #dyingthoughts #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts6 #writinglife #joeypaul #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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From Joey's Instagram


Just #fourdaystogo until #Darker18! You can grab your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2IVeJXK and join me and 29 other authors on October 6th at the Bull Hotel in Peterborough! 👻👻👻 . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksigning #purplehair #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Monday, 1 October 2018

Editing As You Go - The After Process


EDITING AS YOU GO

I've not done a piece on this before and I thought that it might be a good one to do because I get a lot of questions about it and I know other authors and writers who do the same and also get asked about it a lot. I, personally, will edit as I write. I do not recommend this for a newbie writer because it's something that can lead to you getting stuck in this never-ending cycle of chasing the perfect first chapter, which FYI, isn't gonna happen.

However, I do know that some writers find that they want to produce as clean as first draft as possible, and part of that is learning how to edit as you go. Personally, I've always needed to look back at the last chapter (or two) to remember where I am in the story and the general feeling of the plot, pacing and all the rest. I know a lot of people will say to just open up a document and write, and if you're doing it regularly, then yeah that works, but for a long time in my early career, I was writing on the odd day here and there and I needed to familiarise myself with everything before I dove back in.

This won't work for everyone and that's more than okay, but when I got to a point where I felt like I knew what I was looking for, I started to edit as I went. Some writers can do this from their first manuscript, but it's rare and it's okay to not be one of those. When I read through the previous chapter now to get ready to start writing, I check for this like awkward sentences, that the pacing is okay, whether there's some grammar issues and plot issues and all the like. It means that when I finish the first draft, it's had a bit more drafting to it than one of my earlier works.

So how do you know if you're able to do this? I thought of a few pointers to look for and decided to share them. As I said above, not everyone can do it, and that's cool and completely fine. I wasn't able to for a huge chunk of my career and it's not a bad thing to need to draft completely before going back to start your second draft and such. So keep that in mind and here we go!

#1 - ARE YOU ABLE TO READ BACK THROUGH YOUR WORK WHILE DRAFTING?

If this is something you find yourself able to do, then it might be possible that you're able to edit as you go. If you're someone who can't do this, then it's probably better to keep moving forward and leave the edits to when everything is wrapped up.

#2 - ARE YOU A PLANSTER/PLANNER?

I ask this because if you have a better idea of where the ending is going to land, then editing as you go is something you might be able to do. I added planster because I'm that and I don't always know what the end scene is going to be like. Because of that I can't always predict where things will go and what might need to be taken out. Now if you plan and have a major outline, then you can see further ahead and with that knowledge you'll be able to tell which scenes work and which don't. I always advise that you don't edit the work the same day you wrote it. Sleep on it, and then come back to it the next day or next time to write to see how it looks.

#3 - IF NOT A PLANSTER/PLANNER, DO YOU HAVE AN ENDING IN MIND?

I know this sounds like it's very similar to question two, and in a way it is, but I know that with some books, even if I don't have a big idea of where I'm going, I *do* know the ending. In all of my crime books, bar one, I always knew where I was leading to, who the killer was and how to get there. I say bar one because there was one where a new suspect popped up and I didn't have the first clue they'd be there, which made editing as I went impossible. But if you are someone who knows where the ending will be, then maybe you can try editing as you go and decide which clues to drop where and when.

Now as I've said, it's not for everyone and it's also not something I recommend a completely new writer do, but if you think it's something you can do without getting stuck in that circle of perfect hell, then give it a go. You might find it does work for you or you might not, and both of those are completely okay. If you have any tips you want to add, lemme know in the comments!

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