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message 1: by Jack (new)

Jack de Nileth (jackdenileth) | 35 comments Hello, I've never been a beta reader, but since I have a review blog (it's in german, though) and have begun to write my own stories about half a year ago I would be interested in offering my services.

I don't have the time for full-length novels, but I can certainly check out a couple of short stories and novellas.

My preferred genres are horror, fantasy and science fiction and I have a certain weakness for time travel stories.

You can contact me at jackdenileth@gmail.com with a synopsis of your story. I'll get back to you as soon as possible.


message 2: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Carlyle | 61 comments Would be interested in reading the first few chapters of my fantasy book?


message 3: by Jack (new)

Jack de Nileth (jackdenileth) | 35 comments If you don't care about only receiving partial feedback. But please send me a synopsis to my mail first. I don't read every kind of fantasy.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Jack! I wonder if you would be interested in beta reading my novella? The lenght is 55K words.


The genre is dark fantasy/gothic. However, it has light bits of horror, romance and a lot of supernatural elements.

The synopsis is:

Sometimes, life and love can follow the most obscure paths, just as they did for Elisa.

Her life becomes a dark, cold, lonely cage the day the Devil takes her as his wife. He robs her of almost everything she holds dear: her health, her wealth and what is left of her family.

Trapped between the nuances of life and beyond-life, Elisa finds herself struggling for a better tomorrow. With her health deteriorating, how will she summon the courage and strength to stand her ground? And how far will she go in the pursuit of a dream?

Embark with Elisa on this puzzling Gothic adventure set in the late Victorian era, between the world of the Living and the picturesque, melancholic Duskland.

* * *

"It is strange... How can I 'go home' when I have no memories of that place at all?"
- Elisa

"Stop it, Elisa. You're bleeding, my darling!"
- Leonhard

"Ah, love, the biggest poison and most dangerous drug there is."
- Dr. Charles

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Looking forward to hear from you ^.^
If you're not interested I understand :)


message 5: by Jack (new)

Jack de Nileth (jackdenileth) | 35 comments I wouldn't call a 55K story a novella anymore. That's already in novel territory and I really don't have the time for that.

And the story doesn't sound like something that would pique my interest.

I'll gladly read something shorter if you have anything, but I'll have to decline it this time.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Jack, that's ok ^.^

I don't have anything shorter for the moment... Good luck on your beta reading ^.^ Thanks for replaying!


message 7: by Shah (new)

Shah Wharton (shahw1) | 20 comments Hello :)

Shah Wharton here, and I need Beta Readers and CP's for three short stories.

I have three very different post-apocalyptic stories that need some love, and I’d love some feedback from interested readers. If anyone has the time to help me out that would be much appreciated. They need your good sense and fresh perspectives, so I'm asking around for the critiques/alpha/beta readers.

***If this genre in general doesn't suit you, but you know someone else who might be interested, please pass it on.***

So... here's what's available in a little bit more detail:

The first story, (entitled, The Dead Party) was traditionally published two years ago, but I've always thought it might need a new ending, so you could help me with that. This is a political satire with zombies, but not horror, and comes in at around 5k words.

One (entitled, A Slow Burn) which I haven’t looked at in years. I'm wondering if it has legs, and with a little reader love, whether I can get it to a publishable state. This is more thriller/horror in genre and comes in at around 11k.

The third story, and shortest at around 2k words, is a monologue (entitled, A Journal Of Decline) is a stark look at how a young woman and her baby deal with the aftermath of nuclear war. Nothing supernatural in this.

All stories are post-apocalyptic in very different ways. Anyone who fancies reading through a couple, one, three, please let me know a shahharton@gmail.com.

Many thanks for reading :) X


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