Writer Wednesday: J.Z.N. McCauley

WriterWednesday4On Monday, I talked about the recently-released NA fantasy novel, Oak & Mistletoe. Today, I get to introduce you to the wonderful author, JZN McCauley! Below, she talks about writing, researching, and what she’s working on now. After reading, make sure you check out her book, which is now available!

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Review: Oak & Mistletoe by J.Z.N. McCauley

Indie review #2 this month goes to Oak & Mistletoe by JZN McCauley, which is scheduled for release tomorrow. The first in a series, it follows the Green siblings to Ireland, where they get into all kinds of trouble. See below for my mini-review, and the pre-order link, and make sure you stop back by on Wednesday for my Q&A with the author!

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Writer Wednesday: Judy Mohr

WriterWednesday5Today’s featured writer is a freelance author and an up-and-coming novelist. Make sure you check out her companion post, Top 5 Tips from an Editor, and sign up to get updates from her blog for more great tips and tricks. Below, she talks about her writing process, NaNoWriMo, and her recently-completed fantasy novel, Beacon of Hope. Read on!

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My Quick Guide to Beta Reading

betareadingThere is very little that is harder for a writer than letting someone else read their perceived masterpiece. The first person to typically look at a manuscript is a beta reader, or someone who reads it over with the intent of carving out plot holes and inconsistencies, among other big-picture issues.

Earlier this year, I offered my services as a beta reader in a Goodreads group, and have since beta read approximately 10 manuscripts, and multiple drafts of some. I’ve read everything from a memoir-style contemporary to a science fiction fairy tale retelling to an urban fantasy with a touch of mythology. If you’re interested in being a beta reader, take a look at my tips below before you get started.

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