Beta Readers VS ARC Readers

Hello, folks. It’s been a while since I last posted but I wanted to shed some light on an issue I’ve been noticing/dealing with for quite some time.

If you aren’t sure what beta readers are, they’re the first batch of people to read an authors unfinished manuscript. They provide insight and a new set of eyes. Their notes can change the story for the better and make us see things we wouldn’t otherwise notice because we’re so close to the story.

ARCs are Advanced Reader Copies. These are usually quite finished (uncorrected proofs but extremely close to the finished product) copies given for the sole purpose of reviewing. This is an author’s way of getting a buzz going. They read and promote and review and it is lovely.

Now, there are some authors who blur the lines. And, whatever! Let them do whatever makes them happy. But I’m going to go ahead and clear the air on what to/not to do when an author asks you to beta read. HERE WE GO!

 

  1. DON’T share the plot with others. (Hi. Duh.)
    The author is giving you their work–their baby–so please understand that this is a hugeeeee deal for them.
  2. DO be honest.
    Look, maybe you’re friends with the author. Maybe you don’t want to piss them off. But you have to realize that whatever you don’t tell the author, someone else will…in a review once the book is published. All is better when you’re honest.
  3. DO explain thoroughly.
    This whole, “I don’t like your main character,” is cool and all but what the f*ck can the author do with that? Really? Explain why. We’ll sort out the bias from the legitimate reasons.
  4. DON’T LEAVE A REVIEW FOR A BETA COPY!!
    This is one that I’ve seen happen several times and it makes me want to rip my hair out. You simply can’t review an unfinished product. You can’t! Things change. A lot can be altered. It isn’t right and it isn’t fair. So…stop. Please?
  5. DO keep the author informed throughout the process.
    We know you all have your own lives and we try not to take it personally when we don’t hear from you but dropping in every once in a while is good for the author’s peace of mind. Otherwise we’re going crazy. No, really. At least, I kind of am and fill my time with episodes of Family Guy and Robot Chicken. Please don’t go silent. If you don’t like what you’re reading, tell the author. Majority of us will thank you for your time anyway. It happens!
  6. DO ask the author how they’d like their feedback.
    Especially if they don’t bring it up. Do they want it as you go or all on one document? The key to any successful relationship is communication so be sure to keep that in mind.
  7. DO realize that you are important and an integral part of this whole writing gig.
    Your time is valuable and if we aren’t thanking you and telling you that, I’m sorry. And I’ll tell you here: You are amazing and we are so lucky to have you.
  8. DO be prepared for tons of questions.
    It’s always nice to finally have someone to talk to about the characters you’ve spents months over. I don’t know about other authors but I get so squealy and giddy. I can’t even help myself.
  9. DO NOT be upset if the author doesn’t use all of your suggestions.
    At the end of the day, we have to decide what’s best for the story. And maybe you make some valuable points and we really listen to everything you’ve laid out for us. But we have to be the ones to decide what to use and what not to use.

At the end of the day, we make our own rules. I’m not going to tell you how to run you sh*t just like I wouldn’t want you to tell me how to run mine. But this is what these titles and distinctive jobs have meant for me in my writing world. This is what I’ve learned in my years in the writing world and, for the most part, others have utilized this way of doing things.

 

Now playing “Stan” by Eminem.

 

All my love,
Cynth

Why The Sound of Serendipity

Good evening, all! As you may or may not know, I’ve released the info for my next release (with the help of Southern Belle Book Blog). I decided to post a video to explain why the sequel to Crashing SoulsSouls Collide–isn’t my next release. Ultimately, I needed to write a book that wasn’t as intense for my own sanity. See my video below!

 

 

TSOS FOR WEB

TSOS-PRINT-FOR-WEB

Add to your Goodreads TBR!

Currently playing “Amazing Day” by Coldplay.

 

All my love,
Cynth

It’s Been a While

I feel like as I’m typing this, I’m dusting off the blogger in me and re-introducing myself. I’ve been writing and writing and this year, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time. I always thought I would between my projects but this year, I did it. It was amazing and I was tired for the entire month. I met my goal and went above that. I believe by the end of the month, I’d hit over 55,000 words. That project has been submitted to my editor (Rosemi) and I’ll be receiving it back tomorrow. As crazy as it sounds, that book will be my next (fourth) release.

Here comes the kicker: I haven’t officially announced the book, the synopsis, nothing. Only to a small group of readers found in my Facebook group. They seem genuinely excited and I personally am so I only hope the rest of the reading world will.

I was a little concerned about publishing this book that I’ve been so quiet about. I worried that if I didn’t promote it, no one would read it. And that is true. Especially since I’m still relatively small. But I’ve decided (with the help of a blogging friend of mine) that this is the best route for me. It keeps my head attached to my neck and I’m less stressed out. I’d love to see readers get excited over it but I’m going to do what I can with my schedule and the less pressure on me, the better. So, yes, I’m being selfish for my own sanity but also for the readers’ sanity. Once the book is gearing up for release, I’ll check out some agencies and see if they can promote so I can continue to focus on my writing.

It’s taken me a while to find my rhythm. It was Sylvia Day who encouraged authors to write three books before publishing. I agree with that advice only because, by your third book, you know your way around your work or you finally find your way around it. I’m happy to have published three books and written more words than I can count. There’s so much more for me in my future and I hope you all tag along on this crazy adventure.

Now that I’ve found my rhythm, I don’t know that I can ever stop.

 

Currently listening to Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift.

 

All my love,
Cynth

 

 

Update!

It’s been a long time. And I have a few things to say!🙂

First, ARCs of Crashing Souls have gone out. To see their feedback, check out Goodreads! I am excited to see what the rest of the world thinks once this book is published.

Second, I’m taking part in a giveaway. You can participate on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts!

Third, I’ve been writing another book. Delta Lie. I’ll be revealing the synopsis for this book on August 12th on all of my social media accounts listed above. Add this book to your TBR piles on Goodreads!

I hate to blog and run but hopefully in the next coming weeks, I’ll post more frequently!

Now playing Panic Cord (Hucci Remix) by Gabrielle Aplin.

All my love,
Cynth

Crashing Souls Birthday Excerpt!

I know I always promise to post more. I’m not going to make that promise again. Instead, I’m going to post when I have time and hope that will be enough. Yesterday, I promised on my Instagram account that I would post an excerpt for my birthday today. Here’s that excerpt!

*Disclaimer: The following is an excerpt from Cynthia A. Rodriguez’s upcoming novel, Crashing Souls. It may be edited or removed prior to publication.*

I didn’t know what to expect. But as Noa brought brush to canvas over and over, sometimes different colors, sometimes the same, I was in awe of her. She’d stepped back a few times, as if changing the focus from the one spot she’d worked on to the entire image. I didn’t think she remembered that I was still here.

She leaned more toward cool colors. When she brought a splash of brightness to the painting, I was more than surprised. In my mind, the darker colors represented Noa before me. And that small splash of brightness, it was hope. It gave me hope that she knew light when she saw it. And that she’d follow it through the darkness, to me.

Now playing Kelly Clarkson’s Run Run Run.

All my love,
Cynth

Crashing Souls Cover + Release Date!

I’m wiping the gunk out of my eyes and racing the clock to get this out to you lovely folks! It’s been an amazing road to this day and I cannot believe that this book is actually happening.

For a long time, these characters sat inside my head, wanting out. And finally, when I couldn’t take it anymore, I jotted down the first words. And when I told Rosemi, she was onboard. So, now I hope the rest of you are!

Set to release October 27th, 2015, here’s the cover for Crashing Souls:

CrashingSoulsCover

Currently listening to my husband snoring but, you all should check out Jaymes Young’s Dark Star. That song is everything! And last night I listened to Ariana Grande’s One Last Time. Okay, okay. I’m outta here!

All my love,
Cynth

Writing and Moving and Living and CRASHING!

It’s been so longggg! I’ve missed talking to you all. I apologize for the lack of posts. I’ve been moving across the Atlantic as well as releasing Chasing the Tide and prepping to release Crashing Souls.

On the 22nd of this month, Anterior Books and I will be revealing both the cover art and the release date for Crashing Souls. In addition, a group of bloggers that I’ve come to love are posting an exclusive excerpt over at BooksHavePower! I am very excited for this project and we’ve gotten great feedback from several rounds of betas. It’s easier for me to post on the go on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so if you haven’t already, be sure to follow me there!

CS Teaser

I’m working on Crashing Souls, so time is short. But I’ll be sure to post frequently!

Currently playing California Dreamin’ by Sia.

All my love,
Cynth