Writer’s Block: How To Crack It

By Jennifer Bowen on Monday, March 14th, 2016 in BookHive Corp. No Comments

I’m writing this blog post selfishly, as I am suffering from Writer’s Block. It’s now moved into Phase Two, which I could penn as ‘Writer’s Malaise” or “Writer’s I-Feel-Sorry-For-Myself.” I used to be prolific, people! This was an adjective I heard often from others describing my writing. I had a strong, almost effortless work ethic. […]


How BookHive finds, vets, and refines our beta readers

By Jennifer Bowen on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 in BookHive Corp. No Comments

I soft launched BookHive about a year and a half ago. We do beta reader research for authors with Fiction, YA/Middle Grade and Memoir manuscripts. I’ve learned a lot about what makes a great beta reader and am still learning. Our results for each testing are a 35+ page report full of feedback, both qualitative […]


Author-of-the-Month: Derek Bergman

By Jennifer Bowen on Monday, January 4th, 2016 in BookHive Corp. No Comments

I met Derek Bergman at the fiction writers conference weekend at the New York Writers Workshop (a great, informative resource to check out – www.newyorkwritersworkshop.com) We tested his book (then titled Lost and Found) six months ago. Then he came back to BookHive, incorporated some of the changes from the testing, renamed it Edge of […]


Hooking Readers: The First Ten Pages of Your Book

By Jennifer Bowen on Monday, December 7th, 2015 in BookHive Corp. No Comments

The first ten pages of your book is hard. You have to accomplish a lot. For most of the books I’ve tested through BookHive, I’ve seen responses of indifference or even dislike of most people’s first ten pages from our beta readers. And these could have even been books they liked overall. I have also […]


BookHive Author Donna Everhart to be published by Kensington in 2016

By Jennifer Bowen on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 in BookHive Corp. No Comments

Working with author Donna Everhart has been a true joy. I loved reading her book A BLACK WATER SEASON and was equally pleased when our BookHive beta readers were equally enthralled. Please check out the interview below as she discusses her writing process and that delicious moment she was picked up by a publisher for […]


Author Writers Groups: Critique and Support

By Jennifer Bowen on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 in BookHive Corp. No Comments

I recently did one of my 60 second Author Tip videos on the subject of Writers Groups, but thought it needed even a little more time. Of the writers I’ve worked with through BookHive, I’d say most didn’t work with a Writers Group. At first I found that surprising. But perhaps because of my background […]


October Author-of-the-Month Steven Mayfield: Delphic Oracle U.S.A.

By Jennifer Bowen on Friday, October 30th, 2015 in BookHive Corp. No Comments

I met Steven Mayfield last year at the San Francisco Writers Conference (a great one to attend, seriously) and tested his book Delphic Oracle U.S.A. a few months later with our beta readers. His storytelling was a standout for interweaving multiple storylines and creating a world that was both familiar and mysterious. Check out as […]


Lochlan Bloom’s THE WAVE to be published by Dead Ink in 2016

By Jennifer Bowen on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 in BookHive Corp. No Comments

Lochlan Bloom was our first UK author and one of our first authors to publish a book that BookHive Corp. tested. We are thrilled to be a part of his process. Below hear more about his book THE WAVE that will be published in January 2016. … Jennifer Bowen: What are your influences as a […]


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