Behind any author, mystery or otherwise, are the readers. Without them, we wouldn’t have any reason to write books. And sometimes, your readers wind up playing a very special role in getting your books to the finish line. My guest today is a great example of that.
I met Jason Allen through my good friend and fellow Wicked Author Julie Hennrikus. Not only is he a good friend of hers, but she also spilled the beans that he was her first reader – which means he reads the drafts of her books to see if they, well, are books. Of course, I had to jump on that bandwagon and see if he would do the same for me.
Well, he said yes – and my books are infinitely better for it. Now he’s even an honorary member of the Wicked Authors. And I knew I had to get him on the podcast.
I wanted to talk to him about doing this first reading gig from a reader perspective – someone who isn’t writing his own books but reads voraciously. We had such an interesting conversation that I know you’re going to love.
We talked about:
• How Jason got this super lucrative (haha!) gig
• What he looks for when reading drafts
• How it’s changed the way he reads books overall
And so much more. If you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes process of writing, editing and publishing, you don’t want to miss this episode.
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