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Beta Readers Wanted: Romance Author Seeking Romance Readers!

“It was her last night of freedom, so she planned on being susceptible to the slightest coercion.”

How was that for an opening line? Well, it’s still a draft and now you can let me know exactly how you feel about it with just a few keystrokes. Here’s how:

The nice people over at StoryOrigin have just announced the release of a new feature designed to help authors meet beta readers by easily giving them access to copies of upcoming books. The Beta Copy feature on the StoryOrigin App allows you to leave comments directly on every line of the story similarly to Google Docs, but it also lets you give overall feedback and a rating for each chapter you read.

I’ve uploaded the first chapter of my next books, Everything You Want and I’m inviting readers who enjoy Billionaire romances to take a look and share what you think. Beta reading is a wonderful opportunity to help indie authors shape their stories and as a writer, there’s nothing we appreciate more than hearing directly from our readers.

So, what’s stopping you? Apply today. It’s simple and you can be the first to find out what happens to Bri and Alan next!

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Writing Tools: Scrivener

To date, I’ve written six full-length novels, a dozen novellas, and more than thirty short stories. I wrote most of my stories using Scrivener, using three different computers (I’ll tell you more in an upcoming post on my cloud storage solutions).

Scrivener is a fantastic writing tool. While I’ve used it since 2010, I still only use the basic features, and those are enough for me to completely recommend it. Here are my three favorite things about Scrivener:

  • SNAPSHOT An autosave feature is a must-have, and these days, many writing and other creative tools now offer this. But the Snapshot feature in Scrivener is a cut above. Just one click, and I have all my current versions of a scene captured and available to reference at any time. Now, I’m free to edit and even rewrite an entire chapter without worry that I might’ve cut too much or the wrong thing.
  • COMPILE STORY Once you’ve finished writing and editing your story, it’s time to publish your manuscript or submit it. The compile feature on Scrivener makes this process a breeze compared to all the steps and the process I needed to do many years ago. With just a few clicks, I formatted The Right Woman, book one in my U R Fever series, and had a clean, polished manuscript ready for my audience on Amazon.
  • CONVERT FILES I mentioned that I wrote many of my stories in Scrivener. But for the ones I had started previously in Word, Scrivener made the process of converting everything I’d written into a new Scrivener project. All I needed to do was import the file, and Scrivener did the rest. I had a copy of the story, ready to be organized into a novel format. The three books in my U R Fever series began as backstory to another set of stories in Alan and Brianna’s universe. It took no time to import those Word files into upcoming projects.

These are just a few of the great features available in Scrivener. I’ve used them to write, edit and publish The Right Woman and Break Every Rule.