Last week, after six months of almost daily work, I finished the second draft of my novel.
As excited as I am to send it off into the great blue yonder to make a life for itself, I wouldn’t be much of a book daddy if I did right now.
I don’t think it’s quite ready to meet the challenges of life as a fully grown, published book yet. It’s still got some plot holes, some weak dialogue and cliches that it needs to work through before becoming a mature story.
As a wise man once said, “it takes a village to raise a child and hopefully the villagers aren’t carrying torches and pitchforks.”
So I’m turning to you, my fellow village people to be my beta readers and help turn my
heap of words deathless prose into a masterpiece.
Shucks, what’s a beta reader? A beta reader is you! But more specifically, it’s a person who agrees to read my book in its early state and give feedback on what you think works and what you think doesn’t. I’m not looking for line-by-line edits, people who do that are called editors, just a quick read and a temperature gauge with a few specifics would be endlessly helpful.
If you’re up for giving my fledgling novel a read and giving me some feedback, wave your hands wildly and yell, “ooh me, ooh me, me me me!” If I don’t call on you, you can also reach me through my web form or on twitter. And let me know what file format you prefer, I’ve got pdf, kindle, epub and doc.
Now, if you’ll excuse me: