Updates on stories coming soon, and more!

Hello folks, just wanted to give you an update on several short stories coming your way soon!

Waves‘ has been accepted into the anthology Charmed Writers Present Flash Fiction 2018, due out later this year.

Thankful‘ has been sent out to a couple publishers, and I am waiting to hear back on it.

The Californian‘ is in the hands of one of my editors. Once I get it back, I will work with him on the corrections until we are both satisfied, then it will go out to publishers.

Not Yet Dark‘ is out to Alpha readers currently. Once I get input from them, I will make another round of revisions, then send to the Beta Reader team, make another round of revisions based on their feedback, then it goes out to another editor – hopefully while it is still August.

I had fully intended on going back to the unnamed superhero story I am working on with my daughters after those, but I have an opportunity to enter a writing competition in which the winner not only gets published, but also gets a scholarship that can be given to whomever they wish – which would be for my daughters. So I am focusing on that next.


In addition to those updates, I thought I would ask you what else you would like to see on this blog besides updates. Author interviews? Memes? Articles on writing? More personal talk? All of the above? None of it?

Let me know in the comments below, or use this form. 🙂


~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected

Looking for Beta Readers!

What exactly is a beta reader? A beta reader is someone who reads through a story towards the end of the refining process, just before the final edits and provides feedback to the author about what they read.

What I would be looking for in general is what works, and what doesn’t. I will have a few custom questions at the end of each read. This feedback is invaluable and will have an effect on the final drafts I send to my editor. I am looking for people in all walks of life – writers, editors, and most importantly readers. Strangers, friends, family – all input is like gold.

What does it mean for you? Being a beta reader allows you to contribute to the story’s strength. It also earns you a free, signed copy of the final draft once published. Longer works such as novels will also include your name in the Thank You section.

If this sounds at all interesting to you, please let me know either by replying to this post, on my Facebook page, PM’ing me, or emailing me at JMAmesAuthor@gmail.com. I will be adding you to a private Beta Reading Group. There is NO PRESSURE to commit to any one story.

I am a pretty diverse writer, so if you have any genre or story length that you prefer, include that. Conversely, if there are any you will NOT read, include that as well. Currently, all my stories are shorts, but I do have some novel-sized pieces in the works.