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The computer I use to make issues broke. I'm using a little tablet I can use to post stuff like this, but no publishing without the computer.
The computer I use to make issues broke. I'm using a little tablet I can use to post stuff like this, but no publishing without the computer.
I tested it last week. Now, when I try to actually send out an issue, I get a 'temporary error' that lasts all day and is still going.
Fanatical Publishing's WEEKLY REVIEW, Issue 129 by FanaticalPublishing
Fanatical Publishing's WEEKLY REVIEW, Issue 129
So, after a long, long sabbatical, here's the latest issue of Fanatical Publishing(me)'s WEEKLY REVIEW: the free online literary magazine.

If you like this, you should subscribe(free) to receive every issue as it comes out; just write to fanaticalmagazineyahoo

And be sure to check out my Lulu storefront: www.lulu.com/spotlight/fanatic…

If you're a writer or artist and you want to reach a wider audience, then I have hundreds of subscribers, and I want to show your work to them! Check out my journal with the publishing details: 
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Cover art used by the gracious permission of: AmiMochi


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I suppose lots of people do it lots of different ways, but I hope folks might find this useful: I'm a writer and editor as well as a publisher, so I have some experience with this.

As Insane-Randomness aptly commented below, these are all questions a writer could ask of their own stories.



Step 1: read the story.

Read the story all the way through, do not stop half-way through, if you must stop half-way through, then TELL THE WRITER. DO NOT leave people waiting on a report from you that is not coming. Saying you will beta read a story, and then flaking is worse than doing nothing.


A FORM:

A short form with questions you ought to answer for the writer.

1: what scenes should be shortened

ex.: 'I think the first scene in Chapter 3 where they are talking about the Holy MacGuffin should be shortened: an awful lot of what we learn about the Holy MacGuffin is unnecessary, and we could easily learn it later, as the story goes on.


2: what scenes should be lengthened

ex.: 'I think the second scene in Chapter 2, where the hero and heroine meet, should be expanded: it seems a little too pat, the way they meet and go together like that. It seems to be a place where people would be cautious about strangers, so I think they should spend a little more time getting to know each other before they agree to travel together.'


3: do you like the characters or not? Explain in some detail:

It is not necessary that the reader should like all the characters, but it is very helpful to a writer to know whether or not their characters are liked, and why.

ex. 1: 'I do not like Gary Stu; he seems like a bunch of cliches thrown together, and takes up an awful lot of the story.'

ex. 2: 'I like Jane Doe; she seems very natural and believable as a character.'


4: is there anything you think should be made clearer:

ex.: 'I finished the story, and I'm still not clear on why they had to go through the Valley of Darkness instead of taking a jet, I think it should be made clearer.'


5: do you think all the characters sound the same:

Many writers, myself included, can have trouble giving each character their own 'voice' if it's just bit characters, it's not such a big deal, but if your protagonists all talk the same, it can be bad.

ex. 1: 'the way Gary Stu talks in the story seems a lot like the other characters, so in some places I had trouble figuring out who was talking. I really did like it when he was talking with the Goblin Rocket Rider, maybe you should have him talk like that more throughout the story.'


6: summing up

Is there anything you would like to comment on? Any questions you would like an answer to? Give a short generalized opinion of the work to help put everything else in context.


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That seems fairly compete to me, but I'm still jet lagged as I write this, so if you can think of anything else you think a beta reader should report, please tell me.
A Publisher's Guide to Beta Reading
On thing I want to do, as a publisher, is to employ some beta readers who will get paid for their work, and thus have some real motivation to be semi-professional, and will be available on demand to my writers. Please tell me what you think about that:

As a writer, would you be happy to have beta readers available on demand, or would you rather work with someone of your own choosing? As a beta reader, would you be happy to have a reliable channel for business, or would you be unhappy with the constraints?
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The computer I use to make issues broke. I'm using a little tablet I can use to post stuff like this, but no publishing without the computer.

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I'm an amateur publisher, out to have fun and help writers reach a wider audience. I used to work from my literature account(I'm a writer myself) but things were getting mixed up, so I decided to make this new account so I could concentrate better on both things.
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LeoVarg Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for the fav :)
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Lobalys Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for fav and your ask but i don't understand what you do with art.. 
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FanaticalPublishing Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
I put it in A PDF AND SHARE IT WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE.
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Thank you for the fave! 
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Thank you for adding my story to your faves! :)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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