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The Apky E-Zine Volume 40 October 2012 http://www.akinyi-princess.de
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Bound to Tradition

(ISBN 978-0-557-40453-7, 684 pages)


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You know what matters most to me? YOU. I’d not exist without you. So when I say I need your feedback, suggestions, ideas and criticisms, I really mean it. How can I improve your experience as a reader? Let me know. You can write me an email, drop a line on my Facebook page, tweet about me or comment on my articles. Cheers!

In this issue:
1. Mindset of the Issue
2. African Proverbs
3. From the Executive Editor
4. Did you know that… AuthorMeProfessionals Seeking Authors To Interview
5. Creative News & Stories

6. Features Beta Readers

1. Mindset of the Issue

“Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.”

~ Charles Caleb Colton


2. African Proverb:

“No one tests how deep the river is with both feet.”

~ Luoland, Kenya


3. From the Executive Editor
Greetings Friends & Creators,
Welcome to you all, our new subscribers
It’s October, my favourite coloured month – elegant earth, golds and browns. Yet another year has come and is going fast.
Well, so what. I just need a bit of time to hit that bestseller list. How hard is that when I can be my own agent and publisher? Oh, ahm… I need an editor or twelve. Seriously. And beta readers and critiquers. Please get in touch with me.
The site is still going strong with authors sending in the author interviews and guest bloggers posting on the new AuthorMeProfessionals Blog site: http://authormepro.com/conversation
As usual, the Fan Pages http://facebook.com/Professionaless62bloggerP and


www.facebook.com/KOrindaYimbo are trotting along nicely.
Thanks to you, my fans, friends and friends of friends.
Also do kindly visit, follow, like me or comment on these pages:
www.facebook.com/akinyi.yimbo www.facebook.com/KOrindaYimbo http://facebook.com/Professionaless62bloggerP https://twitter.com/ @Apky11162 http://AuthorMePro.com
http://AuthorMePro.eu http://twitter.com/#!/AkinyiMe
Enjoy the article on Beta Readers
Happy Reading, Creating and Writing!
Akinyi Princess of K’Orinda-Yimbo
Executive Editor

4. Did you know that…. (the offer below is still ongoing…)

AuthorMeProfessionals are looking for Authors of fiction and nonfiction, as well as poetry. We have a hit of over 1,500 clicks per day. Our system avoids applying generic stock questions. Instead we do book-oriented, individualized interviews. These include actually discussing the content of your book; questions are based on the characters/events in your book or any controversial, inspirational or DIY issues you write about that will interest your readers/fan groups as well as ours. Your interview would also remain on our landing page for three (3) consecutive days. Please email to us a copy of your book as a PDF or word.doc attachment to submissions@AuthorMePro.eu. We will then read your book and personalize the questions to fit your book. There would be a fee of €25 (twenty-five euros) to cover the administrative costs of personalizing the questions to your book. For payment, please use our PayPal Account: akinyi100@aol.com. Your book interview would be posted within 6-10 days following receipt of book copy, completed answers to our questions

based on the book and full payment to our PayPal account. The interview would also appear in all our seven (7) web and social media sites.

We do not accept every book offered so please apply with a short synopsis (half to one double-spaced page) and the best 5 pages of your work pasted in the body of your email.

5. Creative News & Stories

As digital fiction sales rocket, Sony and Amazon have been pushing dramatic price cuts - raising concerns from some authors.

Doctor Sleep coming next year.
6. Features

What is a Beta Reader & Where Do You Find


Credit: Spekulator
A beta reader is, essentially, someone who reads your work and offers input while it is in draft form. Generally, they look for typos, grammatical errors, continuity issues, etc. in order to help improve and polish your work before it is submitted to a publishing professional or made public. A lot of beta readers will do more than check for typographical errors, however, and will extend their generosity and time by critiquing and commenting on plot issues, characterization, believability, overall feeling, etc. Whatever they find that they feel could use improving. Mostly, it
depends on what you want and what you and your beta reader(s) agree to. If you're particular and/or thin-skinned, the more up front you are regarding the kind of beta reader and feedback you're looking for, the better the experience you'll have.
Oftentimes, beta readers will turn into critique partners if you're well-matched and find yourself returning to them as a reader/critiquer. This can be an excellent arrangement if your partner continues to be as blunt and unbiased toward your work as they were originally.


As for finding beta readers, my advice is to sign up for a writing forum like Absolute Write and to post in the appropriate section that you're looking for beta readers. Often times, writers looking for beta readers will offer to do the same in return. If
you're not already a member, you're likely to get a better response if you post around the forum for a while first. Get involved, make a name for yourself, give back.
Another way to find beta readers is to use your blog, if you have one. Just put a post up detailing what you're looking for. Some of your regular readers might be more
than happy to help.
Basically, If you have a way to connect with other writers, use it. If you don't, start putting yourself out there and network.
In my opinion, it's good to use both non-writers and writers for beta readers as they'll approach the task differently, so don't be afraid to use your family and friends as
well. Just don't solely rely on them. Unbiased advice from someone who knows the ins and outs of writing has its benefits.
Now, let's turn the question over to everyone else. Where do you find your beta readers? What do they generally do for you?