Calling All Beta Readers!

BlogProAs many of you know, I’ve just started my serialisation of Miedo 3: Fragments of Fear. This is completely new to me and I will writing it as I go, meaning it will therefore be completely unedited. (God, that makes me so nervous!) This is way out of my comfort zone!

So, I would greatly appreciate all who would like to act as beta readers for me and be willing to provide me with any comments: Changes you might make, errors you notice that need correcting, (He says with trepidation.) if you think something at anytime would be better in a different place… just about anything at all, really!

All episodes to date can be found on the Miedo 3: Fragments of Fear (serialisation) page.

Thank you so very much in advance!

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24 comments

  1. Sounds great …. It is a good way to get feedback as long as you are writing… Many writers trust this method, so I am sure it is useful and worth it, dear Kev… Very good luck with your writing!… happy weekend. Aquileana ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Thanks Aquileana. I’m testing new waters and am reaping rewards already. A great weekend to you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Every little bit helps, Caroline and I would not expect anyone to go beyond what they feel comfortable doing. All considerations are an invaluable asset to me, no matter how great or small. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Absolutely, Kev. Honoured to be one of your Beta readers. I just started offering suggestions on Episode 2. Would you prefer I do so by email?

    I can understand your being nervous about sharing this with us. I’d be nervous too.

    But:
    The thing about first and second drafts of a memoir is that they are supposed to be ‘the gushing’ — where you tell the story without worrying about the refining and the fixing at this stage. So I won’t pay much attention to the tiny stuff right now and will focus only on anything that significantly interrupts the storytelling flow and appeal of the story. Okay?

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    • Oh thanks, Cynthia… that’s very kind and giving of you. I just saw your comment on the other post. I’ll leave it to you to contact me with anything by which means you find most comfortable and easier for yourself. You have my email address if you want to do it that way.

      Sounds like a great plan… Thanks again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • FWIW, I think that the more comments there are on serialised books tend to generate more comments and can lead to interesting discussion for everyone. Obviously up to you and Kev. But I think if he is putting it out for commentary, at least some responses would be better in public. We can all learn.

      When I’ve read serialised novels on blogs, the main problem has been losing track midway through. I doubt Kev will do this, as his books tend to be short and sweet. So to speak/write.

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  3. Kev, I’ll put this on social media, but I did want to let you know that when a book is in serialization online, some publishers will not look at it because the work is considered “published” and they don’t want to publish something that’s already been published. Just a thought, since I don’t know what your plan is for the book once it’s done. Best of luck to you!

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    • Thanks Amy, I am actually aware of the publishing issues, and really appreciate you highlighting that in case I wasn’t. I plan on doing a self-pub for this one later just to make it more available. I’m doing the serialisation as a way to raise more awareness to my style of writing, and for the new experience. I like to try new things and see how they pan out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I most certainly wouldn’t wish to take anyone away from other events! Much appreciated, all the same. Big fan of Cynthia’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Good luck Kev. I’m better at looking at a finished novel, so I’ll wait until the end to comment. I have read serialised novels on blogs, but not as a beta which I think needs a more rigorous approach than just as a blog commenter. It will be interesting to see how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks Kate… It’s a new approach, for me anyway. Every little helps when it comes to help with writing. I’ll look forward to your comment(s) at the end. From here on everything is completely new, even for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Just a quick reminder, you do know that publishing a serialised novel on your blog eliminates it from the possibility of bein trad published? ie it’s previously been published elsewhere (the blog).

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        • Yep, well aware thanks. I don’t plan on doing anything beyond a basic self-pub for this one, just to make it more available… All other works will be going through my new publisher… Wallace Publishing with whom I’ve just signed a contract.

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