What I’m looking for: I’m looking for beta readers for non-Horror projects. These new books are literary/general fiction with a strong emphasis on character, language, and style over plot. They are bleak stories, so be prepared for unhappy endings. There will be language and, depending on the book you receive, possible sexual situations. There is no gore or monsters.
If I had to compare them to other authors, I would go with Gillian Flynn, Caroline Kepnes, and Marisha Pessl.
What is Beta Reading: You read an uncorrected manuscript (you might find a typo here and there, we’re not talking about unedited garbage) and give feedback on the story. Nothing else. No grammar or spelling corrections. I’m not paying you to edit my book. I’m asking for your opinion. Would you buy this story? Do you feel the characters were fully realized? I’m branching off into new territory and I don’t want to make a fool of myself. If you ever feel like you are reading for work instead of pleasure, I expect you to stop reading.
What you get in return: Complementary copies of the book(s) upon publication and your name in the acknowledgment section. I’ll be completely candid with you. These books may never see the light of day. I plan to submit them to major publishers over the course of the next six to ten months. If they are never accepted, you may never receive anything more than my sincerest appreciation.
What will never happen: You will never be berated or attacked for your opinion of the book. If at any point you decide the read is not for you, you are under no obligation to finish it and I will not press you for why. If you feel the need to tell me, that’s fine also. I understand that my work will not always be suited for everyone, and sometimes I’m just plain offensive.
Who I don’t want: FANS. I must be perfectly clear with this one. If you are already a fan of my work, I cannot use you. Every fan is biased to an extent. I’m looking for people who have either had zero exposure to my writing or feel that, upon reading something else of mine, I wasn’t for them. You are more apt to point out the subtle flaws if you’re not a fan. I’m looking for brutal honesty. Being nice to me because you like me or my work does me absolutely no good.
If you feel you’d be the right person to read these new projects, let me know in the comment section below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance,