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Ep172: Do You Need Beta Readers?

Notes in the Margin

Release Date: 05/17/2019

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Why are you doing what you do? Writing what you write? Creating what you create? Vicky asked herself this recently and realised she wasn’t enjoying herself. Tune in this week and listen to Vicky and Joe talk about creativity, different types of intelligence, the reasons we do the things we do, and why we should be feeding our souls as well as our bank accounts.   Key Takeaways: [1:45] Vicky is feeling a bit flat lately.  [3:15] What’s the whole point?  [6:40] The online marketing space is very unoriginal. Everyone is just following the other person.  [10:00] As...

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This week, Vicky interviews dentist extraordinaire, Dr. Karl Walker-Finch, about his new book In the Loupe. Dr. Karl and Vicky worked together in the early stages of writing his book — and he released it into the wild this month! Listen in and find out about Dr. Karl’s writing process, how he approached the structure, what he enjoyed and what he found challenging, and why music features so heavily in a book about the world of dentistry.   A little bit about Dr. Karl: Dr. Karl Walker-Finch is a dentist, mentor, lecturer, writer, father, personal development champion and mental...

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Join Vicky and Joe as they talk about — well, frankly, it’s a bit of a shambles this week. But they do talk about finding joy in writing, how we get distracted by stuff we think we should be doing, and how to spark a little joy and write something wonderful. This episode contains nuts and also a story in which Vicky asks, “But why are we going shopping? Why is this fun?”   Key Takeaways:   [7:15] Vicky loves reading and helping people write books that break the traditional rules. [8:55] Dingle update!  [11:30] Vicky has been feeling a bit burned out lately. ...

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This week, join us for a MicroBook special! To celebrate the end of MicroBook Magic Season 2, Vicky hosted an Author Showcase for MicroBook authors to read a snippet from their upcoming books. Join us for part 1 this week, as we hear all about what a MicroBook actually is, then listen to Hillary Weiss, Clara Callís Lewis, Sara Walka, and Sophie Blackmore entertain and delight us. Enjoy!   Key Takeaways:   [3:30] Is a big book too daunting for you? That’s okay! Write a microbook. [5:45] Hillary talks about the microbook that she created.  [8:15] Hillary reads a snippet...

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This week, after waxing lyrical about septic tanks, and reading excerpts from a wonderful little MicroBook, Vicky and Joe dive into life and writing lessons learned over the past 11 years. Basically, some of the most important stuff Vicky could’ve done with knowing before she started. Here it is for you, so you don’t have to faff around before you write your book.   Key Takeaways:   [3:40] Always buy books! [4:20] Joe read that some people felt relieved when they threw their books away. How dare they! [7:30] Project Dingle update! [12:20] What does Vicky wish she had learned...

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Come and get weird with Vicky and Joe! This week, your hosts investigate a few ways you can mix it up and get more creative. This episode contains: knitting, bad haikus, interpretative dance, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, magic magnets, cuttlefish, and cat sneezes. It’s better than it sounds, so listen up!   Key Takeaways:   [5:10] Project Dingle Update! [7:30] How can you get weird?  [8:15] Eavesdrop in other people’s conversations.  [15:00] Find a creative hobby to boost and inspire your mind. [20:15] Take a long train journey and explore! [25:00] An author decided to run...

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Vicky lisps her way through this week's podcast. No, she's not drunk – yet… If you want to know why she's suddenly developed a speech impediment, tune in. You'll hear Joe's top tip about fitting skirting boards, and why that's relevant to your business. And, of course, you'll discover if you actually do need beta testers for your book, new product, or new service – and how to get the best out of them.


Key Takeaways:

[:50] Vicky has braces!!!

[5:00] Vicky gives a quick trapeze update! 

[8:25] Vicky did not get beta readers on her first book, and her book would have been much better if she did. 

[10:20] You don’t always need to pay your beta readers.

[12:40] How do you find your beta testers?

[18:20] Vicky doesn’t expect everyone she asks to become a beta reader.

[19:25] Who should you include in your beta list?

[24:15] When Vicky sent out the beta version of her book, she sent it out in a wirebound format so that people could easily make corrections. 

[24:45] Send a thank you letter to your beta readers! 

[27:30] Next week, Vicky will dive into the questions she asked her beta readers! 


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