Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Read A Book As It’s Written ~ or ~ Write A Book As It’s Read

Many authors use Beta Readers—folks who read the work before the editors do… 

Read A Book As It's Written or Write A Book As It's Read

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Their function isn’t to find clunky sentences or fix typos (though they sometimes do).

Basically, they give their opinion on how the story feels to them.

They may say things like:

“Your main character feels too weak.”

“His girlfriend is dishonest.”

“I can’t understand this sentence.”

“What’s your point?”

“I love chapter three!”

Other writers get together in groups and do pretty much the same thing.

Some writers would never consider either situation

Some readers only want to read books that are “finished”.


What if

You could

Read A Book As It’s Written


Write A Book As It’s Read.

If neither of those situations appeals to you, you could stop reading this post


Read the rest of the post and think about it.

The site I’m featuring today is LeanPub.

I admit that many people will wonder if something like this could ever be worthwhile

And, I must admit that it certainly isn’t for everyone


What if, as a reader, you got to know an author as they wrote their book and also got to decide how much to pay them?

What if, as a writer, you could get feedback as you wrote and fine-tune your book before you published it; and, when you publish, make a 90% royalty minus 50¢ per copy that goes to LeanPub?

Are you at all interested?

You can go to one of these pages for more details:




However, what I suggest, is that you watch this video first, then click on one of those three links…

btw, don’t let all the marketing and software stuff turn you off if you want to write or read fiction—he talks about that too, starting at the 14 minute mark… :-)

And, if you’re really interested in the possibilities, check out all of LeanPub’s YouTube Videos…

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5 responses to “Read A Book As It’s Written ~ or ~ Write A Book As It’s Read

  1. milliethom January 22, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Your post presents me with plenty of things to consider but I don’t think Serial Fiction is for me. I looked through the list of questions in the WRITERS pages above, but need to look at them more carefully now. I have to admit, I didn’t know what Beta Readers meant, before. I’m a bit mind-boggled at the moment and know I’ve got a lot to learn about book publishing!


    • Alexander M Zoltai January 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Well, Millie, “serial” can be taken two ways (both of which mean in “episodes”):

      Either the “episodes” are chapters or some other division of a book


      the “episodes” are the whole book appearing in different “incarnations” at various times…

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      • milliethom January 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm

        Thanks for explaining that. I still need to think hard about the benefits of serialising before actual publication. The video etc. certainly made it look like a great idea. I think i need time to consider things more carefully. Perhaps it’s not for this third book of a trilogy I’m writing but with a later one-off. Sorry for rambling and thanks for taking the time to explain.


        • Alexander M Zoltai January 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm


          Your comments are far from that…


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