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message 1: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Nielsen (lnielsen8) | 3 comments Hello! I am a full time veterinary specialist who has always had the dream of writing a novel, and I've finally done it. Of course, I am sure it needs a lot of revisions and help- hoping to find a Beta Reader to read my novel and help me on the way to publication (the other dream).

Email me at if you are interested.


message 2: by S.J. (new)

S.J. Hosken (goodreadscomsjhosken) | 16 comments Hi, Lindsey. Can you give a little more information? Word total/what feedback you are after. Maybe a blurb?


message 3: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Nielsen (lnielsen8) | 3 comments Of course! Word total is about 106,000.
My one page synopsis:
“Eves of the Outbreak” is a novel that follows two main female characters grappling with a worldwide zombie outbreak and their connections to it.

Judy Gau is working on virus vaccinations for a biotechnology company when she discovers that her company is illegally testing traumatic brain injury research and experimenting on people. The scientists lose control of their experimental subjects, right after Judy discovers the illegal research. Judy is thrown into a dangerous mix of murder, the inadvertent creation of zombies, and a far-reaching conspiracy. She reaches out to her brother, and draws most of her family into her escape and survival as she tries to get across the country to Boston and friends in the field she trust before the wave of zombies takes them down.

Meanwhile in the mid-west we meet Diana Weisz, a veterinary surgeon setting up her new practice at Purdue Veterinary School. Diana realizes before most that a zombie apocalypse has started spreading across the country. Diana's quick reactions, leadership skills, and medical background give her a keen advantage to surviving.

Judy, her brother Greg, and several law enforcement individuals traverse the country in an attempt to reach Boston during the onset of the outbreak. They face environmental challenges, zombie hordes, and a conspiracy set up by Judy’s former boss. The conspiracy revolves around blaming Judy for the outbreak and preventing any chance at fighting for a cure. In addition, they take a side trip to try to rescue Greg’s son Daniel from Chicago where he is attending medical school.

Diana ends up in several small survival colonies, but frequently barely escapes with her life. Eventually Diana and her dog River arrive at a fortified high school filled with promise, only to find out their leader is a power-hungry rapist. Diana, River, and their new friends Travis and Danny, work to set the high school right and prevent the leader Anthony from abusing his power. Anthony decides to take matters in to his own hands and dispose of his rivals just in time for Judy and her crew to rescue them (and reveal that Danny and Daniel are the same person).

The two women face unanticipated challenges from both the flesh-eating ghouls and the human survivors grappling for power in this post-outbreak world. Eventually their storylines collide, allowing these two strong women to join forces with their friends and family towards defeating the zombie outbreak. If the series continues onward I have an outline written that includes a continued trek to Boston, more zombie filled perils along the way, and an eventual revelation that one of Judy’s close friends she assumed dead early on in this novel is actually one of the masterminds behind causing this zombie outbreak in the first place.

Honestly, aside from scientific article writing I have no prior writing experience but this is something I really wanted to do...I am used to constructive criticism and look forward to finding someone who can critique my writing style and the actual content of the novel. My hope is to have it traditionally published sometime (and I have an outline for two sequels to the first book written).


message 4: by S.J. (new)

S.J. Hosken (goodreadscomsjhosken) | 16 comments Thanks, it certainly sounds interesting. I'm at the Beta Reader stage myself and working towards a deadline, so I don't feel I have the time for such a large manuscript. That being said, if you wanted to send your first few chapters across. then id be more than happy to give my thoughts on those. Writing style/does it draw me in.
Sorry I can't dedicate myself to a full read.

Let me know and I will PM my email address.


message 5: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Nielsen (lnielsen8) | 3 comments Thanks SJ, I'm very lucky in that in just two days I got a ton of responses- I totally understand not having a ton of time since this is just my hobby on the side; since I was lucky enough to have a lot of responses I will use them for now, but thank you for your interested.

message 6: by S.J. (new)

S.J. Hosken (goodreadscomsjhosken) | 16 comments That's fantastic, Lindsey. I wish you the best of luck on your publishing journey.

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