Beta Readers Required

Happy August one and all.

This looks like being a big month for me. I’m now nearing the end of the third edit of my debut novel ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles – Skelly’s Square’. This has been a long road and I’m sure regular readers are sick to the back teeth of my updates on the topic. For that I apologise once more. But I have one last favour to ask of you all. So bear with me please.

I am setting up a team of beta (test readers); that is people who are willing to give up their valuable time to read a draft of the novel and provide constructive, honest feedback as to areas such as plot, grammar, structure etc. I will provide detailed instructions as to what is required in due course but, for now, I’m purely looking expressions of interest. It’s a sizeable undertaking so please only put your name forward if serious.

The book is set in modern day Belfast and tells the story of a troubled young man who forms an unlikely alliance with a homeless girl when they discover they are at the heart of a supernatural struggle between ancient forces of good and evil that is being waged in the city. Their destinies become intertwined as they face a battle against time to defeat a fearsome enemy while, at the same time, slaying their own personal demons.

Still interested? If so please comment expressing why you believe you would make a good beta reader for this project. Ideally I am looking for 6-8 readers so, if oversubscribed, please do not be offended if not selected. I will choose those who I feel are best fitted to perform the role. Thank you.

Stephen

Please reblog this post as I’m keen to spread the word. Thank you 😊

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  1. I’ve just completed a nationally accredited course here in Australia called Professional Writing & Editing. I’d love to be a beta reader/editor of your novel because I like the genre and need to build up my portfolio of experience in order to kick-start my next career, freelance writing and editing. Thanks for your consideration 😊

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  2. I’d be interested. I’m a huge readaholic. Since I no longer work as a pharmacist, I am the editor-in-chief of a chronic illness support blog called The Unchargeables. I assign articles to my editors, but also do about 50% of the editing, formatting, and publishing myself. My father was a newspaper reporter, writer, and editor, so he taught me a great deal about those topics. Thank you for considering me! 🙂

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  3. Hi Stephen this sounds so interesting – I would love to be considered as a Beta reader! I’m currently a student of an essay based subject at university in England and have an experience of studying English literature. Hope to hear from you.

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  4. Hi Stephen I would definitely be interested in becoming a Beta reader! I am currently a university student in England, studying an essay based subject. I also have experience with studying English literature. I love reading peoples’ work and am often asked to proofread essays for others at university. Hope to hear from you!

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  5. I would love to be a beta reader! If selected, I will try to be objective and incorporate the things I learned this summer as I studied writing in the College of Research at the University of Amazon Books! 🙂

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  6. Hello! If you would still need another beta reader, I would love to be one! I have just recently found your blog (so you know my opinion would still be unbiased 😉) and find your book idea fascinating! I have written for, and edited, magazines, journals and newspapers all throughout my school career (undergrad and grad level). I am a recovering social worker, an unrepentant grammar-holic and a former spelling bee champ. I am currently writing while mothering and will have all my kids in school full time so tons of time for reading! I would be honored to be one of your beta readers!

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  7. This makes me SO happy that people are interested in being readers!! You have done an excellent job at giving your readers enough pieces of the story just to dabble interest without giving anything away!!! 🙂 You’re doing awesome!! I can definitely reblog for you!!!

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  8. Goodness Stephen! A plethora of very qualified Beta readers! I, as you know, have no such experience but will very happily read it and give my thoughts, but definitely give it to the professionals above before me – they sound far better qualified!

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  9. Hi Stephen! Your book sounds interesting. I would definitely be interested in being a beta reader for your work. I have a BA in English (Concentration in Creative Writing), so I do have experience with workshop/critique. It looks like a lot of other people are interested, too, so I completely understand if you have enough volunteers. I wish you good luck!

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  10. I reblogged for you and I really want to be a beta reader but I’m afraid that I may not have the time just now to fully commit to it the way I would like. I’ve never beta read for anyone. But don’t count me out completely. I’m being wishy washy.

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      1. I do wish I could commit to more. I certainly look forward to reading your completed work. One thing I definitely can do is review your first 5-10 pages and query letter after you get some beta feedback. I’ve learned a lot about the first five and queries on my journey and have some confidence I could help there.

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  11. I am interested. I would ask the approximate length so I can give you a realistic estimate timeframe that I can finish reading. Also, are you looking for particular things to be critiqued? I guess I really want to know your expectations more than what you have put in the post. I don’t undertake beta reading projects unless it is something I can 1. complete in a timely manner 2. understand what the author is looking for from his/her readers. 3. have you already edited the project or is this a raw draft?

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    1. Hi. Thank you for your interest. At present it is approximately a 120K word draft. I’m hoping to release several chapters at a time and allow 4 weeks for betas to read and provide feedback. I’m seeking to strengthen, tighten and improve the story. Consistency and continuity with regards the plot and identifying lazy writing and poor grammar/punctuation. I’m currently completing my own third edit but I require honest, constructive feedback from people who know the genre and are willing to devote their time and energy towards my dream.

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      1. I am willing to do this. May I suggest you create a questionnaire to guide your readers for what you’re looking for. I don’t have time to do a full edit on thingsike grammar and sentence structure but when I see something I will note it. If I can help let me know. My email is gzuswins@gmail.com.

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  12. I’m only a week behind on this… Ugh!

    I would love to be a Beta reader. OK, I’m not Irish, I’m an American, but if your story plays out for my brain, it’s likely to play out for other, overseas markets. I love YA fiction – we may not need to discuss the collection that had my father looking quizzically at my books as if they were written in Sanskrit. (Mind you, 97% of his books are WWII history, soooo…) I generally catch spelling/grammar in books that have been printed, and giggle madly to myself that I caught something an editor didn’t. Finally, I’m terribly interested in this book, and I want to know what happens.

    It’s 100% fine if you decide on other readers – just PLEASE get this published. 🙂

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