To Beta or Not to Beta

Happy September, y’all! And welcome to this month’s installment of the ISWG hop. Our awesome co-hosts this month are PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner, Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi, Natalie Aguirre, and Louise – Fundy Blue! Thank you one and all for hosting! Please be sure to drop by IWSG HERE for a complete list of blogs/authors who participate in the monthly ritual of collecting with others like ourselves and laying it all out there for the world to see.

Where did summer go? I mean, I know it’s not “officially” fall, but here in the mountains it’s sure beginning to look like it. Our temps are cooling down and we already have leaves changing and dropping. I have to confess, as much as I love fall and as much as I adore snow, I’m not looking forward to winter this year. All the almanacs and weather indicators point toward rough seas ahead and I’m just not ready for it. I didn’t get near enough sunlight this summer. We’ve had a cloudy rainy season here and I do so need the sunlight to recharge and keep my smile intact. I normally take extra D-vitamin during the winter to stave off the seasonal blues, but I’ve found myself having to do that all through summer this year. It’s just not good and certainly not ideal for a happy muse. I digress, though. I’ll just have to order one of those light fixtures that mimics UV rays and put in the office and make sure I have plenty of bird feeders up under the eave of the office window so I have entertainment while I peck away at the stories I have lined up for the snowy months.

So, the question of the month…If I could choose one author, living or dead, to be my beta partner, who would it be and why?

To be honest, I’ve never given this question much thought at all. I don’t currently have a beta team, in the purest sense of what that means. I have a couple of ARC readers who give me their thoughts on everything they read for me, and I have my bestie, and my editor. I probably should invite those detail-oriented ARC readers to hop on the beta wagon for me. As far as another author being a beta partner…Honestly, I think the reason I’ve not put much thought into this question until it was actually posed is because I find it hard to connect or reach out to other authors. I’ve kind of always had the perception that there is a hierarchy in the writing world, particularly in the romance genre, and that hierarchy is further stacked according to sub-genre. And, I’ve yet to figure out the magic combination to be accepted into the “circle.” I’ve been a member of a few writers’ organizations over the years, as well as a few writing groups, and just never felt as though I fit in. I think there are a number of contributing factors to this feeling of not quite fitting in. I kind of march to the beat of my own drum, I don’t play games, I don’t participate in politics online, I don’t get involved in petty catty conflicts, and I don’t care to sell my soul to satan to make a sale. That’s just me. And it kind of limits the “circle” I fit into particularly concerning anything having to do with social media. I’m okay with that.

Relationships take time to develop. Friendships even longer. And the kind of connection it takes to embolden one to ask an author to be a beta partner takes a strong bond in both arenas. I kind of feel like with the world we’re currently living in, these kinds of bonds are difficult at best to establish and will only become more so, at least for me. I’m not one to establish those relationships and friendships by social media or online means alone. I’m one to establish those lines through other channels. I guess I’m old-school in that I need more of an IM to decide if I’m a good fit with another human. I need phone calls and face-to-face time, neither of which are convenient in these times we’re living in. I feel as those the landscape may be forever changed. And that’s just sad. Because as solitary as a life as a writer can be, we’re all still human behind these screens and need those human connections.

Now that I’ve totally answered the question by doing everything but answer the question, I’ll ask…how is everyone else doing?

I have a new release coming out October 1. Parallax is the first in a new series I’m writing and is now available for pre-order through Amazon. I also have an active Goodreads giveaway going for a few signed paperback copies. If romance suspense interests you and you’re so inclined, I invite you to check it out.

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