Alpha? Beta? ARC? When I first started writing these terms were a little confusing. I knew they were types of book readers but I wasn’t sure how they worked.
A group could be in person or online; the group may meet once a month or once a week–whatever meets the needs and desires of the members. However they choose to meet, what matters most is a commitment to building each other up and to help hone skills and grow community.
Beta readers are a writer’s secret weapon. In the early editing stages, they can add valuable insight to your manuscript before querying agents. But if you’re a writer just starting out, you may be wondering what beta readers do, and when to seek them out.
One of our favorite book planning programs at Moms Who Write is Plottr. You’ve probably heard of these writing tools, maybe you’re familiar with Plottr specifically. Maybe you even bought it but you’re not sure what to do with it.
In book publishing, there are 5 major types of editors you’ll come across. It’s important to understand the function of each so you can make informed decisions on which you need and when you need them.
Self-editing doesn’t mean you won’t need an editor (because here’s a secret: even editors have other editors review their writing). Think of it like checking your homework before you hand it in.