AISFP 224 – Tracy Falbe, RYS RISING

Timothy C. Ward interviews Tracy Falbe, author of Rys Rising: Book I and seven other Epic Fantasy novels at Tracy introduces her series, her magic systems and the source of conflict in her characters and world. She also addresses how to keep her story from being too complicated as more characters are introduced by interweaving their plot lines and how not to overuse cliffhangers. She also mentions how she has built her own web store and the effect of the ebook revolution on self publishing. She tackles self editing and how she’s improved through writing eight novels. And, she talks about the changing landscape of publishing and making it as a self published author.

You can buy her books (check out her bundle deals) at and read her blog at


Timothy C. Ward
Executive Producer

Timothy C. Ward‘s first publication, Cornhusker: Demon Gene (A Short Story), is available on Kindle for $.99. He is looking for beta readers for his novel, Kaimerus, described as “Firefly crashes on Avatar and wakes up 28 Days Later.”

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  1. The show notes say that you’re looking for beta readers but don’t say how to go about volunteering for that. I’d be interested.

    As for editing, I have a critique group. I’ve used Critters in the past–it’s good for broad stuff but the results are mixed. It’s much better for alpha reading than editing really. I have a friend that line-edits for me in return for a percentage on anything I sell, until I have enough revenue coming in to pay her outright.

    • I write too fast to use a crit circle, so rely on several beta readers.

      • I’ve had trouble with that aspect as well, but then because I was writing a novel I knew I’d have to edit later, it didn’t make sense to submit parts of it to a crit circle. Solid beta readers does seem to be the best route. Do you have an agent, Martin? If so, how do beta readers work in conjunction with the agent? Does your agent critique or just sell?

        • Yes, I have an agent. I get things Beta Read before I send them to him. His feedback tends to be more general, e.g. (made up examples) “add 20K words” or “make it less confusing”.

          The publishing world is a harsh place. Agents and publishers usually expect material to arrive “shrinkwrapped”.

          Logically, the Agent has a model of the Editor’s model of the Buyer’s Model of the Reader.

          Beta readers give you a slightly better chance of seeming to get it right first time. I use a mixture of other authors – for quick does this work snippets – and friends who like the genre but tend to spot errors. People are often very willing to help as long as you don’t bury them in substandard drafts.

  2. Thanks so much for reaching out, Kurt! I’ve sent you an email.

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