The final edits for FORGED IN FLAME should be back soon. Once I make those revisions, guess what it’ll be time for? BETA READERS!
If you’d like to be considered for this onerous, um, fun little job, here’s what I’m looking for in potential victims (did I say that?):
- While finding typos and grammatical bloopers is always a plus, the primary job of the beta reader is to spot anything that jars you out of the story, things that make you go, “Now wait just a gosh darn minute! How did that happen?” Or maybe something is really glossed over that maybe needs more detail, or the other way around. Continuity errors are another good one, where there’s no logical way that a character could have gotten (literally or figuratively) from A to B without a Star Trek teleporter. That sort of thing. In short, anything that seems to detract from the story.
- You’ll have to have some sort of ebook reader or app, as I don’t send out print copies (since there aren’t any yet – LOL). And you’ll also have to be able to convey to me where the issues are without using platform specific pointers. For example, telling me about a typo at 2,394 on your Kindle doesn’t help me much, but saying “From see to shining see – should be SEA” or something like that works well, because I can search on the incorrect text in the book manuscript file.
- Probably the biggest trick is that you’ll have to have time available to read the book on a pretty short timeline: I’d like to have all comments back by Saturday, 16 February (and yes, of this year). Call me a slave driver!
- Oh, another little prerequisite: you really need to have read FROM CHAOS BORN first!
And that really is that. Also, let me say up front that I REALLY appreciate folks taking the time to beta read my books – it’s a huge help in making them the best they can be!
So, if you’d like to be considered as a beta reader for FORGED IN FLAME and you think you can check all three points above, let me know why you’d make a good one in a comment on this thread. Then after I make the final editorial revisions, I’ll let the lucky stuckees know who they are (note: I usually pick about half a dozen people) and will forward them the book files for maceration!