Lightening strikes and hoards: the critical role of beta readers

I wrote this article on my author site after being inspired by some surprising (infuriating, actually) discoveries by my beta readers. When I sent out the manuscript for THE PRINCE OF GRAVES to the brave souls who volunteered to read it, I had an idea of the problems they might find: some passive voice, some tense inconsistencies, and the occasional typo. Yes, they did find these, plus some errors that I cannot explain how I put them in there in the first place. 

So if you’re wondering about using beta readers, here’s my two cents:

Lightening strikes and hoards: the critical role of beta readers


The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good: Why I decided to self publish my debut work THE PRINCE OF GRAVES

I posted this article on my author blog today. There’s a lot out there about traditional vs. self publishing. This gives my reasoning for self publishing one work while trying to traditionally publish another.

#Writing and #Publishing…that’s a lot!

I want to apologize for how quiet this blog has been over the past few weeks. In a nutshell, I’ve been finishing my latest work, a fantasy novella of about 28,000 words, and preparing it for self publication. The link below is to a quick update I posted on my author blog, The Weathered Journal.

I’m excited about this, but it also begs for an article on WHY I’m going the self publishing route for this piece while I’m working the traditional route for my first novel. There is still a lot of skepticism (to put it mildly) from a lot of writers about self publishing, and I feel compelled to tell why I’m going this way. I hope to get that article out here shortly (as in, the next day or two). Until then, please check out my update on THE PRINCE OF GRAVES.

The Quiet Before the Release

Writers, Amazon has announced the next Breakthrough Novel contest

This has become a pretty big deal. Starting Jan 23 you can submit your novel for competition for the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. There are two categories, one for general fiction and one for YA. Details can be found at the below link. Grand prize for both categories is a publishing deal with Penguin and a pretty nice advance ($15,000).

I’ll be submitting my first manuscript CHASING AFTER VANITY in the general fiction category. Anyone else thinking about entering?

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Call for Authors to highlight in the Sojourner Mountain Author Snapshots

As 2011 winds down and 2012 steps to the plate, I’m looking for authors to highlight on my creative writing blog Sojourner Mountain. Whether you’re an already published author with a new book, or an aspiring writer still working to finish that work in progress, I’d love to hear from you. I’ve met a number of fascinating writers through the Author Snapshot, so I’m excited to get the chance to feature more,

This is how it works: every Wednesday I’ll create a blog post featuring an author on Sojourner Mountain. Throughout the day I’ll also promote on Twitter, and highlight on my Facebook author page.

If you’re interested, please drop by Sojourner Mountain. On the left hand side are both “Ask” and “Submit Comments” buttons.  Click on either, and leave me the following information:

Twitter handle:
Blog site (if different):
Any other site you’d like to highlight (like Facebook):
WIP/Novel Title:
WIP/Novel Genre:
WIP/Novel Description (1-2 paragraphs):
How long you’ve worked on your WIP, and when you expect to finish:

If you’d like to include an image as well (like a draft book cover, or your author picture) you can submit it as well. You’ll need to do this through the “Submit Comments” button, and insert the picture.

That’s it! I hope to hear from you.

Oh, and Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!


Here’s a shameless pitch for my author page The Weathered Journal. This is the site where I compile my personal writings, articles, and photography. I’m getting close to finishing my first novella, THE PRINCE OF GRAVES (a heroic fantasy story), and I’m trying to get this site more exposure since that’s where I’m going to be posting excerpts and updates and the like. Give it a look?