Writing Advice

Why are Beta-Readers special?


The beta-reader is the most important card in your editing arsenal.

Yes. You read correctly. While the editor can weed out typos and suggest changes in the storyline to fill plot holes, the beta-reader does what must be done.

He/She locates the minor glitches that can derail a great book. I know not everyone goes hunting for typos but grammar Nazis are out there.

Almost always, these people work for free, and their efforts go largely unnoticed by the average reader.

Most authors I know acknowledge their beta-readers, and they should. If you ask me there should be a day dedicated to these tireless folks.

So if you’re a writer, and have beta-readers, do ’em a favor.

Tell them how much you love them.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various published novels and short stories. Please follow him on, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. By subscribing to his blog posts you’ll have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. Sorry! Spam not included.


Beta-reading stage complete for GUNS AND DOGS

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At last my beta-readers have submitted their edits and I am ready to get them to my formatter for a final round of edits. After that, a final editing pass by my editor should complete GUNS AND DOGS. 

Like any book being prepared for the market, this has been a laborious, yet fulfilling process. My greatest wish is to see it bring enjoyment to the many young adult fans out there. After all, this is the book YOU voted for me to write.

Historical Fiction

Why Ancient Rome is still relevant today

Rome still stands today.
Rome still stands today.

As the the author of Historical Fantasy taking place in Rome, I felt, as an American, it was appropriate to take a stroll down history lane and talk about our ancient cousins, the Romans.

Even though some readers flock toward non-fiction and contemporary fiction, which usually deal with the highs and lows of current events, the past exists for us to learn from it, and who else to serve as examples to learn from than Rome, a culture that, despite being resigned to the history books, still remains with us Americans today.

Some points to consider Between Ancient Rome & the United States

1) Numerical systems: Roman Numerals still exist today, why do you think they’re called Roman? In the U.S. they’re still widely used and in the NFL, the Super Bowl Numbers are always listed in Roman Numeral Form.

2) Laws: In ancient Rome, any law that seemed unreasonable or grossly unfair could be set aside. In the U.S. this is similar to declaring something unconstitutional.

3) Recreation: In the U.S. entertainment is king. With so many mediums existing to keep people happy. Spectator sports, movies, Smartphones, Television Programming, you get the picture (no pun intended). In Ancient Rome spectator sports in the Circus Maximus (chariot races, gladiatorial fights and animal-baiting).

4) Territorial Acquisitions: Both the U.S. and Rome possessed and controlled outside territories and countries. Installing governments in faraway lands that were loyal to their causes.

5) Motifs and Emblems: Look closely at some of the most important U.S. government buildings today and you’ll see fasces and wreaths featured within their architecture. Both recurring symbols in ancient Rome, the fasces symbolizing power & authority and the wreath symbolizing victory. And who can forget the eagle? Romans carried eagle standards into battle and the national symbol of the United States is the Bald Eagle.

There’s a ton of other similarities and I’m sure you can figure them out. But the purpose of this post isn’t to criticize the United States or Rome-each were and are important in their respective eras-but to draw similarities between past and present, and using the Leopard King Saga to entertain and educate people has always been one of my goals.

And for all you history buffs and sci-fi/fantasy fans, please be sure to check out my Leopard King Saga series HERE.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.