About Becky Black

Writer of m/m romance, published by Loose Id

Authors and Goodreads

GoodreadsAuthors on Goodreads are in something of a minefield. But you can use it and keep your sanity. Here are some thoughts about the subject, based on my own experience.

Author profile
There are two types of profile on Goodreads. The first you set up when you join and it’s the normal user profile. Set up “shelves” (which are really just tags) rate books, write reviews, join groups. All the usual stuff. But there’s also an author profile which allows you to do more. And which can become a useful part of your online presence. It lets you track stats on your books and generally keep a better eye on them. So get on there and check out how to set one up.

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Goodbye to Summer Links

JUST DESSERT: why a whole book can’t be a happy ending
Damon Suede on why characters must suffer to earn that happy ending

The trap is completely logical. If your HEA is a foregone conclusion, if everyone just wants the sweet stuff, why not cut to the chase? The purpose of escapism is, after all, escape. Why even bother with all those pesky setbacks, complications, or disappointment? Why should any character ever suffer or question themselves? Who needs waffles when what folks want is butter and syrup?

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Is it time to change the advice on plagiarism?

Plagiarism illustration: From WikiMedia Commons, public domain.New writers are often deathly afraid of plagiarism. They pop up on forums asking what’s to stop someone who reads their story from taking it and publishing it as their own. Other people usually tell them to stop worrying about it, it’s very unlikely!

But every week we seem to see another plagiarist exposed – which is probably just the tip of the iceberg. So is it time to change the answer to the question? What should the new answer be?
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10 points about beta readers

Pens and PaperYou may have heard about these mysterious creatures known as beta readers. What are they? How do you find one? What do they do? Here are a few thoughts on the subject from someone who’s used them and been one.

What is a beta reader?
Someone who reads your story at some point after you draft it and before you send it out into the world. Don’t get hung up on definitions, names and at what stage they read it. It’s not like it’s an official job title with accreditations or something. There is no one specific point the beta should read your story. Some beta readers might read very early drafts, others only see it late in the process when it’s nearly ready to submit.

What a beta reader is not.
They are not your editor. That’s a different deal – for one thing an editor is usually getting paid by someone. Some betas may actually be editors, or working on becoming one, and give you something close to a pro edit, but they’re still in a different relationship with you than a paid editor who has no reason to pull their punches. Beta readers tend to give you the truth a bit more diplomatically.
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Interview with Guest Kay Berrisford

Welcome to my fellow m/m romance writer and sometimes beta reader, Kay Berrisford. Kay’s answering a few questions about writing in general and about the re-release of Catching Kit

1. Most fun part of being a writer?
Creating characters is fantastic fun. When I’m stuck, it’s often because I haven’t got to know my characters properly or finished my research on their background.

Right now, I’m working on the second book in my Underground Elves series, Alfie’s Game, and I’m having a great time getting to know my MCs. It’s an opposites attract story. John is very shy and sweet. He’s a believer in alien conspiracies and the paranormal and avoids leaving the house unless he has to. However, he’s going to be drawn out of his shell by Alfie, an elf who is very outgoing and wants to be a theatre star.
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