BE ENTREATABLE! @AuthorLynnBurke’s take on betas and criticism

Be Entreatable

One of the best ways to date I’ve learned how to hone my craft was through writing forums. I’ve been active in two within the past couple of years, Writer’s Digest and Scribophile. While taking advantage of both, I applied myself not only to posting my own stories, but critiquing other authors’ works as well.

I didn’t always feel qualified to give my opinions, but I stuck to what I knew as a reader—plot lines making sense, engaging characters and stories—those types of things. As I learned more about the craft itself, the more I felt I could offer in terms of feedback.

One thing I noticed while participating in these online forums is that a lot of budding authors carry pride around like a 100 lb. block of gold. God forbid you point out an issue with their baby. Hackles rise and offense is often taken when none was implied. With an unentreatable attitude like this, an aspiring authors chances of learning and going on to become published is slim to none.

I’ve since moved on from the forums to beta readers, a whole different ball game. Chances are, your beta readers will be friends/family who are familiar with you and your past works. Just be careful, though…even if you insist on them giving you their thoughts unfiltered and straight up, they’ll often sugar coat the negative so no feelings get hurt.

While I am by no means an old pro at the writing and publishing thing, one thing I DO know. Be entreatable. Be willing to learn. Allow yourself to be vulnerable in accepting other people’s help or constructive criticsm. Quite a few have gone on before, paving the way, learning from their own bumpy journey, and have no wish for others to experience their heartache.

My motto, though? Just be sure to chew up the meat and spit out the bones.

Everyone has an opinion and not everyone can be right. While some things boil down to a preference of style, accept what will make you a stronger story teller.

The main thing?

Don’t lose your voice, the style that is all your own. Being unique is what will get you noticed at submission time.

~ Lynn

www.authorlynnburke.com

Raven on Hong Kong happiness

On Hong Kong

Why?

Apart from it is one of my favourite places in the world, a vibrant city, with fantastic shops, park, monuments and yes, beaches?

It’s somewhere I can wander by myself when hubby is at work. Where I grab a bottle of water and maybe a salad from a food department of a certain well known department store, check my map, make sure I have money on my Oyster card and head out to do whatever I want. Be it take the tram to Causeway Bay and then sit in Victoria Park, or wander through tiny streets and be accosted by suit makers, fake handbag or watch sellers. Sit on the harbour front and watch the Star Ferry, or read a book in Kowloon Park.

Or when hubby is around and we are feeling energetic, take the fast ferry to Lantau and ‘walk the island. From one port to another, up and over the hill with the reward of spectacular views (ignore the cement works) and a chilled glass of whatever hits the spot at the other end

There’s so much to do.

Which is why, I suppose I set my story, Hong Kong Heat there. (The title is a bit of a giveaway.) As I wrote it, I could visualise my hero and heroine, imagine where they were and think….would it be possible to do that there? And also say categorically, that yes a certain type of five star hotel with light cooking facilities does exist. I know, I’ve stayed in one. Or yes it is possible to walk around Central and not get wet. Or whatever.

My next book out is also set in Hong Kong. This time in a typhoon. When the rain is so heavy, the locals call it Black Rain, and the weather so wild all public transport stops and businesses close. Which gives my hero and heroine plenty of time to get to know each other, in more ways than one.

It’s called….In his Hands. The story of Patrick and Caness and whether or not they are suited to be Master and sub. It will be out from Evernight Publishing soon.

I’ve told hubby I need to go back to Hong Kong again, Just to make sure I’ve got everything correct. And to help me plot my next story there.

Not just because of signs like this

Happy reading

Love Raven x

New Release from Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985) – Winning the Campaign Manager

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to announce the release of my M/M paranormal erotic romance, Winning the Campaign Manager. It released on the 3rd July, and I hope you’ll consider checking it out!

Winning the Campaign ManagerBlurb:

Cade Avery is running for a position on his local county council. He’s extremely good at what he does and is a valuable asset to his community. The trouble is, he upsets people, says the wrong things, and rides rough-shod over other people’s plans and ideas. His assistant, Mary, eager to improve Cade’s public image, hires him a campaign manager.

Quentin Rayworth is thrilled to be working with such a formidable public figure. It’ll be a challenge, but he’s confident he can help Cade to win the election, and knows that the achievement will look impressive on his CV.

It’s soon clear that the two men are set to be an excellent team. That is, until Cade’s werewolf makes its intentions known—in Quentin, it has found its mate, and it will not rest until he has claimed him. But can Cade—and his wolf—win over the campaign manager?

Buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/winning-the-campaign-manager/

Happy Reading!

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves and Hiding in Plain Sight. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter