All right, I must be out of my freaking mind. I’m actually about to request people read and provide feedback about my first novel, No Soul, No Service. As I type this I’m worried I’ll pass out from nervousness or vomit all over my keyboard.
This is kind of scary for me. I’ve talked the talk, written, and now time to put up or shut up.
For those who are interested No Soul, No Service is an urban fantasy novel, the first in a series I’ve been working on for a while. It’s fun to write which is why I keep doing it.
A crummy world full of plot holes and spelling errors
Okay, so I don’t think it’s that bad but that is why I’m going to subject myself to ulcer inducing criticism and feedback!
Rambling Beta thingy
What is a Beta Reader?
A beta reader is a volunteer reader who gets the rough cut of a book, reads it, and provides feedback.
What is the Goal?
The goal is to get the feedback about the product and use it to improve the book. Beta Readers can help spot confusing wording or possible plot holes.
What am I, the writer, looking for from Beta Readers?
Honesty above all. If you liked something I want to know. I also want to know why you liked it. More importantly I want to know if you didn’t like something. I need to know why you didn’t like it. The why is important. I also want something more than you liked or didn’t like it. I want long answers, if possible, as that is more helpful than a short monosyllabic answer. I want honesty but not viciousness. I am sharing a part of myself which is scary as hell.
How will this work?
Once a week I’m going to send out a chapter or two. Included with the PDF file will be a survey to fill out for each chapter. Beta readers will read the chapters and fill out the survey, then email the survey back. If possible fill out the survey as soon as you finish the chapter so any thoughts, ideas, and feedback will be fresh in your mind.
Will you be paid?
No – this is completely voluntary. You will be helping me out and if you like the book you’ll get an advanced copy. You’ll also have the (hopeful) satisfaction of knowing that you helped me out.
Are you obligated to do this?
If you have volunteered to Beta Read for me then great! I appreciate your interest. However, if you feel that you are not up to the task, for whatever reason, please let me know as soon as you can. We’ll part ways on amicable terms. I don’t want you to feel that this is a task or chore.
What happens when all the chapters have been read?
I will take the feedback, collate it, and look for ways to improve the current work in progress. It is not even close to being ready for publication. If one person didn’t like a scene or a character that is norm