An Alpha Reader and Artist

I’m going to my friend Bethany Bachmann’s artist reception today. She reads the final-final drafts of my books for me, which is how I try to make sure, one last time, that a manuscript is good enough to publish. Bethany reads for pleasure and overall opinion of a work, not for critique, so she is called an “alpha reader” in writer parlance. And though we only met a few months ago, we really clicked. I’ve been to a few of her art shows this summer, and I’m pysched to see another one. 🙂

Bethany conveys strong emotion in all of her work, especially longing or secret desire, and her color choices are amazing. You can find more of her work online at

Mark Montgomery- flyer front

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