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Author Yvonne Hertzberger’s “Guidelines for Beta Readers”

I wish I had thought of this. This list will be a blessing to any author electing to utilize it. Yvonne Hertzberger is an excellent author, spinning yarns which wrap you up in their fabric and don’t let you go. Her approach to readying a novel for publication is just as thorough. Enjoy.

Guest post by Author Yvonne Hertzberger:

Guidelines For Beta Readers

Recently I sent out my third Manuscript to my beta readers. I wanted to them to have some idea of what kind of feedback I would be looking for so I drafted some guidelines for them and sent them along with the manuscript. I never thought that this might be useful to more than my chosen victims. In the interest of thoroughness I also sent a copy to my editor, Wendy Reis. That lovely lady made some minor alterations and suggested others might benefit from my list. So, here they are. Thank you Wendy for nudging me on this. I hope my writer friends find it useful.

GUIDELINES FOR BETA READERS:

If you find yourself unable to complete this in the time I need you can let me know. I will understand, so don’t be concerned if you have to turn me down. I am sending this ahead of time so that if you cannot do this I will know and can approach other readers instead. In the meantime, thank you so much for offering to do this. You will never know how valuable this is to me.

When you come across something in the manuscript that needs to be looked at please take down the page number, and paragraph so I can find the spot.

Please keep track of everything in a word doc (preferred) or email format so you can send it to me via email as an attachment. (Or in the body if no Word doc.)

WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR:

1:  Awkward sentences – anything you feel the need to read twice, or just doesn’t read smoothly.

2:  Places where the pace is off or bogging down – where it gets slow and boring.

3:  Grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.

4:  Where would you like to see more description.

5:  Where would you like to see more dialogue or tension.

6:  Anything that just doesn’t work for you.

Please be as specific as you can, especially as to location of the problem. I want honest feedback. I promise I will not be offended. If something bothers you it is likely to bother other readers as well. I will not promise to use all your suggestions but I will take them seriously. This part of the process is very important. Your honest input will make this a better book.

Thank you all again.

Successful fantasy author Yvonne Hertzberger

Successful fantasy author
Yvonne Hertzberger

Stratford Authors article about Yvonne

 Back From Chaos  Book One of the Earth’s Pendulum series

Book One

Book One

Through Kestrel’s Eyes  Book Two of the Earth’s Pendulum series

Book Two

Book Two

Watch for Book Three, The Dreamt Child launching January 18 2014

Book Three

Book Three

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Networking Fun at Ruth and Ron Moir’s Piano Studio

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After our fun and successful jaunt to Cheryl Weber Good’s Art Studio a few weeks ago a group of us took a similar excursion to Ruth and Ron Moir’s Piano Studio for lessons in breathing and voice from Singer-actor-composer-dancer-writer Seana-Lee Wood

Actor, singer, dancer, musician and writer Seana-Lee Wood

Actor, singer, dancer, musician and writer Seana-Lee Wood

Cheryl joined us again for this one,  Author Yvonne Hertzberger was able to make it this time, and we added another writer, Yolanda Grimaldi, who used to sing and even teach music and voice in Mexico.

There is a lot more to singing than opening your mouth and letting noise come out. We practiced breathing, singing patterns using breath control, relaxation, and singing several parts as if we were a choir.

We try blending our voices (Video if you are willing to risk it. Less than two minutes I think.)

We are not ready to quit our day jobs but we had a lot of fun, followed by a trip to  Balzac’s for coffee and conversation.

Baby grand for senior students

Baby grand for senior students at the Moir Studio

Ruth and Ron have decades of experience and have taught many students who became concert quality pianists under their expert care.

Ruth and Ron’s Music Studio

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519-508-8012  Piano Lessons for all

More photos of our afternoon:

Good times for all.

Good times for all.

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