Sign Up for Beta Readers Club

WANTED: Beta Readers and Novel Writers

typewriter200Based on your response to our polls, we’ve decided to go ahead with a trial run of our Beta Readers Club. If you are a voracious reader with an interest in helping out new writers, or if you are a writer yourself in need of another pair of eyes, then this is the place for you. This ongoing workshop will deal with speculative fiction over 7,500 words all the way up to full length novels. The plan is to put up a new piece every four to eight weeks for review, and then have the members read and comment. This format is ideal if you’d like to get an opinion on your NaNoWriMo, or if you’re looking to self-publish and need help editing.

Writers would post their work on Google docs, divided up into manageable chunks. (The exact amount will depend on chapter structure.) These will be linked to a master document similar to this one. Then all the current projects will be linked to a main page as we do with our other workshops. The links will be behind a password wall, so they will not be visible to the public. The chapters can be released all at once or serially, depending on what ultimately works best for the participants. They would stay up for a few months, depending on the amount of activity, before being retired. All works must be complete and self-edited to the best of your abilities. Submissions would also have to be wholly original stories, or fan fiction with unique attributes (e.g. original plot, alternate universe with magic, etc.) This is a work-in-progress, so there will be some fine-tuning as we go along.

We’re not asking you to send in anything now, but we need people to sign up to be beta readers. The more people who sign up, the better. As a reader, you would be responsible for reading and critiquing a minimum of two novels per year. You must be a reader and contribute to the group before your own work will be put up for review. (Quid pro quo. Although this will be negotiable for the first few months of the club.)

Please use the contact form below to apply, and remember to indicate whether you are also a writer in the comment box. If you have any comments or suggestions, such as a  better name for the group, you can leave them in the box as well. Any questions? Leave a comment at the bottom of the post (not the form) and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks in advance.

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3 comments on “Sign Up for Beta Readers Club
  1. Peter Prasad says:

    Beta Readers are worth gold. I write crime thrillers and have gone begging for Beta readers. It’s not enough to say “I liked it.” What is needed in like/dislike, needs work/what if…
    Story arc, character arc, pacing, rearranging chapters, clear character motivation, etc. Attorneys make the best beta readers. They know a case can hang on a word.
    I’ve got a manuscript out to beta readers now, due to publish late June (GUT-CHECK GREEN). I’ll have a new manuscript in September. So, please dear readers, express your opinions in the genre of your choice, THANK YOU in advance. You should get an autographed copy and a Thank You note out of it, at least. On’Ya readers. Luv you guys & gals. – Peter Prasad

    PS>And if you want to be a successful writer, you have to read like a maniac so you can do better. It’s ALL about story.

    • I should point out that the group does mainly Sci-Fi, Fantasy and the related sub-genres, but we will accept anything except graphic sex and extreme violence. (i.e. no pornography)

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