SAMPLE: John and the Letter: Help Wanted

[The Semi-Private Post – An option for those who want to workshop a piece but don’t want it published publicly because they want to submit it elsewhere. You, the author, would post several hundred words as an example or a teaser, and then you would redirect anyone who was interested in helping to workshop the full piece. If they are willing and available, you simply give them the password to the private post. You may also wish to link to an outside document such as a Google Doc if multiple people will be editing at once.]

I am seeking beta readers for my novella John and the Letter with copyediting experience or expert knowledge of the postal system. If you are interested, please fill out the contact form below. Here is a sample:

As he did everyday on his way home, John Smith went to his mailbox to check if there was anything there. Today was like most days, and the mail was nothing but a useless pile of ads and flyers. He rolled them all up in a cylinder and gripped them in his hand. He would sort through the pile later when he wasn’t so tired.

John unlocked the front door and made his way into the kitchen. He was parched after his long commute. His car was getting old and the air conditioning had given out weeks before. He had procrastinated about getting it fixed. John simply didn’t have the money to spare right now. He worried what he would do when the car finally died completely, and he couldn’t afford a new one.

He tossed the bundle of paper on the kitchen table and went to the fridge. Pulling a beer from the door panel, he noted that it was one of only three remaining. John frowned as he was reminded of one more thing that was going to cost him money. He twisted off the cap and took a long sip from the cold bottle before pressing it against his neck. Worrying would have to wait until later, he decided.

John and the Letter [the password is “secret”]

Crazed recluse and sociophobe who has taken up writing after failing at everything else. Send pizza.

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May 2013
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