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In every author interview I’ve given, one question invariably comes up: “What suggestions do you have for new and aspiring writers?”  I could offer specific and concrete recommendations, like write every day or commit to 1000’s of words daily, I choose to go a different route. My first suggestion is always the same: Attend a writers’ conference.

Authors understand (or should) the incredible value of good Beta readers. Getting early feedback on your characters, plot, and pacing can make any novel or story better. But how can an author maximize the value of your volunteer Beta readers? What can authors do to create great Beta readers?

Whimsical Identity Theft

WARNING—to any young children reading this, stop immediately! Major adult stuff coming up.

If you want to or have offered to be a Beta reader, how do you find out what the author wants?

More and more people are opting to join the freelance market while studying or shortly after graduating. Freelancing is an excellent way to supplement your income, and if you discover a genuine interest in your field, it can even turn into a fulfilling career. If you have a knack for grammar and writing, becoming a freelance writer could be your path forward.