Episode 1.14: Alphas and Betas

Jay’s writing relies heavily on both alpha and beta readers. In this episode, she explains in detail her method of getting a book from an idea to finished draft. Her approach is very reliant on a communal form of storytelling. While they’re talking, Nina realizes that Jay has been her alpha for a while already. Lots and lots of giggling ensues. Also actual organized comparisons of various methods of using alpha and beta readers, including one by one of our favorite authors, Mary Robinette Kowal.

Notable notes

Recommended reading

Tim's recommendation: Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold
Tim’s recommendation: Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Adventure) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Jay's recommendation: The Daughter Star by Susan Jane Bigelow
Jay’s recommendation: The Daughter Star (Grayline Sisters Book 1) by Susan Jane Bigelow
Nina’s recommendation: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy) by N.K. Jemisin



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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