Julie has been beta-reading and editing for over fifteen years. She has a dual degree in Elementary Ed/English and knows a thing or two about what makes a book great and what makes a book so-so. Her debut novel, The Glass Ceiling, was released by Midnight Frost Books in 2015, and she has another middle grade book, Spirit, out on submission to agents. During the review process, she looks for an imaginative plot, complex characters, realistic dialogue, and an emotion factor (does it make you laugh out loud? Cry?). The first chapter is everything. If she’s not drawn in by the end of chapter one, the book gets tossed. After all, we’re only looking for AMAZING reads. Ones that grab you from the first page and don’t let go, even after you’ve made it to “The End.”
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Carmen has been an avid reader since childhood. She has a law degree, studied physics for a few years, dabbled in marketing and human resources, and speaks native-level German. She is the author of two urban fantasy series, Champions of Elonia and The Silverton Chronicles, and has also penned a writing guide, Show Don’t Tell. She’s taken courses in everything from deeper emotional writing to character development. When reviewing, Carmen looks for memorable characters, a distinctive voice, and a good grasp of proper writing, without unnecessary telling/filter words. Also, while all books contain a couple of typos, there is no excuse for poor proofreading. Only polished books will make the cut.
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