Well, here I am, rapidly approaching the finish line to my 8th book. Wizard in the Woods is a fun romp featuring Mikal and a few returning characters, along with a couple of new ones. My deadline to have everything done is August 21st, ’cause that’s when I’m supposed to have the finished, edited, and proofed manuscript submitted to Amazon so I can easily make the release day, which is the end of August.
So, it’s time to line up some beta readers. Many of you have expressed interest in helping me out. For that, I am eternally thankful. Nothing makes me feel better than having a whole slew of people anxious to sign up. Therefore, before you add your name to the hat, let me run through what I’m looking for in a beta reader.
- Beta readers will have strong spelling skills. I will be using my spellchecker but mistakes can and will slip through the cracks.
- Good English skills. Do I have a fragmented sentence? How about the wrong tense of verb?
- Able to spot continuity/plot holes. Did I reference something but then never mentioned it again? Did I leave a gaping plot hole?
- Able to offer critique without worrying about hurting my feelings. Trust me, I’ve heard it all. An unbiased opinion is worth its weight in gold to an author.
If you’re interested, even after reading all of that, then please leave a comment below and let me know you’d like to sign up. On top of my normal betas (family & friends) I will typically select anywhere from 6-8 people and give them a .pdf of the book. That way whenever a problem has been spotted you can reference a specific page number, paragraph number, line number, etc., and I’ll easily be able to find it.
Oh, as a reminder, the Daily Scroll will be going out tonight with the very first sneak peek at the cover. It’s in early design stage, and the artist has given me three possible designs to choose from. I’ll be going over each one and explaining what I like and don’t like, and what I’d like to see for the next attempt. Want to see it and be involved in its creation? Sign up today!