Continuing the series revealing what I do all day, here’s a post about my recent appearance on an American book reviewer’s blog.
One of the great joys of working from home in the age of the internet is that you don’t need to travel physically to make new friends and put in an appearance anywhere else on the globe. It’s like having a flying carpet – surely the most environmentally-friendly form of transport there is? (I so want a real flying carpet.)
Travelling by Blog
I’ve been taking advantage of travel-by-blog recently, when I accepted a kind invitation from US book blogger Stephanie Moore Hopkins. Stephanie is an avid reader and promoter of good self-published books. She vets and reviews books for the American award scheme, Indie BRAG Medallion, which honours self-published novels that meet very high professional standards. I have several friends who have been so honoured, so I know from their response just how much this medal means to authors.
Stephanie also blogs in her own right at Layered Pages, where she complements her other book-related activities with ever-interesting interviews and posts. When she told me that she was starting a new series of interviews investigating how authors use beta readers to help them improve their self-published books, I jumped at the chance to be in the spotlight.
One reason that I was particularly keen to do so is because I’d just benefited enormously from the input of a great team of beta readers before publishing my first collection of flash fiction, Quick Change. I saw this interview as a great way to acknowledge their support – and also to encourage other aspiring writers to do the same.
My Interview on Layered Pages
If you’d like to read Stephanie’s interview with me, you’ll find it here: http://layeredpages.com/2014/07/01/qa-about-beta-readers-with-author-debbie-young-2/
While you’re there, do scroll through to read more of her blog, which presents an endless supply of interesting posts about authors and their books. To keep up with her prodigious flow of new posts, you might also like to connect with Stephanie on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LayeredPages. I’m sure you’ll both be glad you did!
I’m also looking forward to turning the tables when I interview Stephanie for the ALLi blog later this month. More about that to follow…
If you’d like to know more about beta readers, what they do and how to find them, read my previous posts: