Beta Read, Requests (Authors/Writers Wise), Reviews

Beta Reader vs. Teacher

Hello, Everyone

It’s me, Genie. I hope so far your week is going great, and that all of you had a nice 4th of July. If I have not said it already, then:


I did a lot and for the first time ever! I went to see fireworks. It was amazing, and the ending was perfectly imperfect. On another note, I’ve worked and found a better way to assist authors and writers. How? Print out beta reading except that I don’t feel like a reader, more like a teacher. How? I’ll get right on that.


As you all know, I am a beta reader and proofreader. My services is displayed here on WordPress among other places (Facebook, Goodreads) and the terms and conditions stated that I will print out a manuscript, do what it is that I am supposed to do, and then go online (word document) and post the edits on the actual manuscript from the hard copy. During my week off for the holiday, I’ve been up and down, left and right, trying to print out a manuscript that a client sent me.

Finally, yesterday (7/5/17), the store was open and I got to print out her story. It was 329 PAGES!!!!! I was shocked when the guy told me. He asked me, “Did you know that this is 329 pages?” I said, “No.” I really didn’t. I received the script, downloaded it on my phone and did not see how many pages it was.

And the guy had the nerve to ask me how many copies. Like -.- seriously?

Moving on, it cost me 25$ to print the whole thing.

I also bought a folder, colored pen, highlighters, stick note pads – let’s just say that I am in it to win it. After all, it is MY job to make sure that my client is satisfied.


That I did!

I started to work on the manuscript before my doctor’s appointment today (7/6/17), and I would like to share with you all how a manuscript would look like (hopefully) by the time that I am done with it, okay? Okay.

What’s included:

  • Comments, statements, rewrite if any, corrections,  highlights that are color coded either to mean that there is something that I don’t understand, that is interesting or that I, myself, need to look up and do research on.
  • Pointers and/or guidelines.
  • Note pads with a review on it that could either be about a specific thing or the chapter and/or story overall.

Do I feel like a beta reader? No, more like a teacher. Which in and of itself is a good thing because it helps me practice for the long run when I do become a real teacher. It’s also a good thing because I don’t become dependent on the features that comes along with word documents such as the track feature or the comment section.

An  Example:

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Mind you that I asked for permission before I posted these. With writers’ permission, I intend on sharing the kind of service you’ll receive if you hire me 🙂

If interested in having your manuscript done this way, know that it’ll cost an additional amount of money. If I get 85$ to do a project, and it cost 20 or over 20$ to print out, then it’ll be 85$ PLUS the amount it cost to print out. I will call the store and ask. I’m willing to pay my own money though if the price is lower than 20+$.

Have a good day.

P.S. My birthday is coming up (3 week from now), and I’m trying to purchase this:

My laptop is 2-in-1, but I don’t feel safe being out in the open with it for its size even though I would like to read while on the road. How cool would this be? Or am I wasting my time, and money? Any thoughts or input. Please and thank you.


Promotion/Featured, Requests (Authors/Writers Wise), Uncategorized

Abby L. Vandiver – Author

Abby L. Vandiver’s Book Series

Abby1Through her various occupations, Abby discovered her love of writing. She’d always been told she had a gift for telling stories, combining the two, she became an author.

Her debut novel, the mystery/sci-fi, In the Beginning, Book I in the Mars Origin “I” Series was an Amazon #1 bestseller. It was written on a whim, packed away, and rediscovered some twelve years later. After publishing it in 2013, Abby decided to make writing a full-time endeavor. She’s penned a slew of novels since then and has even more in her head. Although she writes mostly mystery, she has co-authored a historical/women’s fiction novel with author and friend, Kathryn Dionne under the pen name Kathryn Longino. Currently, she is working on several cozy mystery series, including the Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery Series, which was an Amazon #1 International Best Seller and soon-to-be released Normal Junction Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series.

A former lawyer and college professor, Abby has a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a master’s in Public Administration, and a Juris Doctor. A lifetime resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Abby spends all of her time writing and enjoying her wonderful grandchildren.

Cozy Mystery Boxed Set Amazon

South Seas Shenanigans CoverIt’s the sixth installment of an Amazon #1 Best Selling cozy mystery series by Author Abby Vandiver! South Seas Shenanigans continue the adventures of amateur sleuths, Logan Dickerson, archaeologist, and Vivienne Pennywell, aka, Miss Vivee, a five-foot nothing, ninety-something Voodoo herbalist.

Fans of this series have enjoyed the unusual, rarely heard causes of death that only Miss Vivee and her new husband can recognize and this one doesn’t disappoint! Sail away with amateur sleuths, Logan, Miss Vivee and Mac as they vacation in Fiji where they suffer the shenanigans of a prankster, dance the Meke, and solve an untimely death. Oh, wait! Did I say “a” death? Make that two!

Additionally, Abby is offering a boxed set the first three books in the series. Both South Seas Shenanigans and the Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery Boxed Set are to be released March 29, 2017. Meanwhile, Abby had only planned to write one more book in the series, but she listened to her fans and has decided to continue writing the series a little longer. Check out her website for more information.