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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 8 comments Hello everyone!

My name is Lisa. I am an ardent reader of all things fiction and have been reading and writing for many years. I am offering my free services because I am passionate about this industry and in helping artists create new material to continue inspiring generations of readers and authors.

For a little background on myself, I have a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Professional Writing. I worked as a journalist for a few years, during which I've developed a solid foundation for editing. To further develop my skills, I am currently working towards a copy editing certificate. My focus would be on character arcs, the overall story pacing, and grammatical errors (although not exact line-by-line editing).

I primarily read Fantasy, Historical Fiction and Adult Fiction, although I am open to other genres as well. I also read Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance and Mysteries/Thrillers, but I am not as familiar with them.

You can either leave a post here or email me at l.wong1079@gmail.com. Let me know if you have any questions or if you think I can help!


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Shuuji has spent his whole life in the Tower, a living obelisk set in the Ural Mountains of Siberia. He and his peers struggle every day to survive inane and horrific tasks. Each of them geniuses in their own right, each wise beyond their years, they are adults in all but age.

Shuuji doesn’t ever think why. There doesn’t have to be a reason; he suspects there isn’t one. Their moves have been choreographed all the way to the endgame.

He is eleven.

Most days he feels eighty-five.


message 3: by Charlee-Ann (new)

Charlee-Ann Ellis | 7 comments Hi Lisa,
I'm looking for some beta readers for my 80k novel and wondered if you would be interested?
it's a cross-generational story about a grandmother and a granddaughter who share a name, supernatural powers, and a love for the man trapped in the mirror in their attic. The story flicks backwards and forwards between 1940s and 2000s as we see the story of both of these young women as they grow.
Let me know if you would be interested.


message 4: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 8 comments Charlee-Ann wrote: "Hi Lisa,
I'm looking for some beta readers for my 80k novel and wondered if you would be interested?
it's a cross-generational story about a grandmother and a granddaughter who share a name, super..."


Hi Charlee-Ann,

Thanks for your interest. Your novel sounds interesting and I'd be happy to give it a read and give you my thoughts. You can send it to me at l.wong1079@gmail.com.


message 5: by Jay (last edited Sep 23, 2019 10:14PM) (new)

Jay Storey (jayallanstorey) | 80 comments Hi Lisa,

I'm looking for a beta-reader for my 61k YA/Scifi novel Black Heart : Arrival - the stunning sequel to my acclaimed novel, The Black Heart of the Station.

The Station, a city buried deep beneath the surface of a frozen, lifeless earth, is only months away from completing its centuries-long mission to return to its original orbit around the sun.

Seventeen-year-old Trajectory Specialist Trainee Trudy Barnard is studying to join the elite group that control the planet's movement. Though she's a brilliant student, Trudy is haunted by her illustrious pedigree: granddaughter of one of the Station's greatest heroes, and the daughter of its most powerful figure.

Trudy discovers a snippet of code hidden in the trajectory software that would obliterate the Station at the moment of Arrival. When Mission Control are unable duplicate her findings, they accuse her of grandstanding, trying to grab attention.

Ordered to drop the issue, Trudy instead ignites a firestorm that pits her against the Council and her own father when she hacks into the Mission Control system itself, searching for answers. In a desperate race against time, and targeted for death by an unknown enemy, she struggles to unravel the mystery.

But can she unlock the secret in time to save them all?


Thanks for your time.

Jay Allan Storey


message 6: by Charlee-Ann (new)

Charlee-Ann Ellis | 7 comments Lisa wrote: "Charlee-Ann wrote: "Hi Lisa,
I'm looking for some beta readers for my 80k novel and wondered if you would be interested?
it's a cross-generational story about a grandmother and a granddaughter who..."


Have emailed you Lisa :)


message 7: by Brooke (new)

Brooke Miller | 106 comments Hi Lisa, would you be interested in a paranormal romance?

Brooke


message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 8 comments Brooke wrote: "Hi Lisa, would you be interested in a paranormal romance?

Brooke"


Hi Brooke,

I don't read a lot of paranormal so I don't know much about that genre at all. I've also taken on quite a bit of work, so I don't want to add more at the moment. Thank you for your interest though and good luck with your novel!

Lisa


message 9: by Brooke (new)

Brooke Miller | 106 comments Hi Lisa thanks for getting back to me so quick and maybe we can work together at another time.

Brooke


message 10: by David (new)

David Wilson | 95 comments Hi Lisa,
I've emailed you about my historical fantasy

David


message 11: by Robert (new)

Robert Brown | 68 comments Hi, Lisa! I'm looking for beta readers for my 110k near-future, slightly dystopian SF novel, "Fallout." I am less interested in line edits and more interested in receiving big picture feedback, though whatever strikes *you* as the reader is what I need to hear.

The story: Tenjō Edwards is a martial arts instructor (and almost ex-professor of History) living in a near-future Los Angeles when a nuclear attack forces him to protect his daughters and the others at his dojo. Once he knows they are safe, he decides he must navigate a maze of radioactive fallout and martial law to locate his lost wife somewhere in the evacuation zone. Written from third-person (limited) point of view, there's a little violence (he's a martial artist, duh!), some dystopia, and an unobserved rape in a story that occurs over two days.

If you are interested, please email me at tonchyaku-at-gmail-dot-com and I'll send you the manuscript in MS Word.

Thanks,
Robert


message 12: by Nupur (new)

Nupur Chowdhury (nupur_88) | 11 comments Hi Lisa,

I’m looking for betas for the first draft of my Sci-Fi/Thriller (94K words).

One of the three protagonists is LGBTQ+, although the novel doesn't really focus on romance.

Below is the synopsis. You can message me or email me at nupcy.48@gmail.com, if interested.

Fifteen years ago, Jehan Fasih designed a drug that could curb the instinct for violence (and rob the taker of their free will). Fifteen minutes ago, someone blew up the metro station to get their hands on his brainchild.

Jehan must make a decision, and time is running out.

Abhijat Shian and his sister Rito lost their jobs, and their family's reputation, over the course of a single week.

The reason? Their father's trusted protégé, Jehan Fasih, betrayed him and embroiled their family in one of the biggest corruption scandals the country has ever known.

The Shian siblings' quest for revenge soon turns into a murky web of confusing motives and divided loyalties. Is Jehan Fasih a genius or a madman? Is their father truly innocent or is there a trail of deceit and betrayal within the hallways of their childhood home?

The Brightest Fell is an epic tale of loyalty, treason, corruption, patriotism, and political intrigue.

When nations are on the brink of war, to be innocent is not enough...



message 13: by Ippy (new)

Ippy | 8 comments Hi Lisa, I have a 96k contemporary fantasy with a queer romance that I'd like some constructive feedback on (particularly the first few chapters). If you still have some time available and are interested, the blurb is below.

Kian’s return to the disputed region of Jannath is both a homecoming and an opportunity to avenge his father’s assassination. But when simmering tensions between the Aastik and Shir explode in the form of a suicide bomb, he suddenly finds himself in the company of the enemy – by choice.

Kian’s beliefs as a Shir are challenged when he meets a mysterious Aastik man named Zal. Thrown together in the aftermath of the bombing, the two form an unlikely partnership as Kian impulsively joins Zal in his search for the twin sister he was separated from as a child. Their journey leads them into the heart of a resurfacing Aastik insurgency and a world of hidden magic that is both scorned and revered. Despite the increasing bloodshed that surrounds them, the two men forge a tender bond that defies the traditional enmity between their people.

When Zal reunites with his sister, he discovers that she is the ruthless leader of the independence movement and is determined to reclaim Jannath for the Aastik alone. As both men are drawn into the tangled web of the rebellion, Kian is forced to hide his Shir identity while Zal’s heart is torn between the man he loves and the sister he could never forget.


message 14: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 67 comments Ember and Everly have gone camping with their friends. Somehow magic is released into the world. Now they have to fight against creatures just to stay alive and find a home.
Diego and his unit are sent to a town to save it from supernatural creatures. Will they save the town? Will they survive?


message 15: by Gerard (new)

Gerard O'Neill | 74 comments Hello Lisa,

I have sent you an email. My book will be ready and edited for beta reading in three weeks or less, (the end of November or sooner).

It’s a 350 page (approx) young adult sci-fi fantasy mystery adventure novel involving female protagonists... and swords and, aliens. It's book 2 in the Atoma series. The reviews for book 1 were good overall, and I would be happy for you to have the first book also if you prefer to read that before the new book 2. I think though, book (Book 2) can be read as a standalone novel. Currently, I am giving it a final rewrite, and it will be edited in preparation for beta reading.

I’m looking for a sharp eye for continuity errors involving story and /or character trajectories also pacing problems. If you are unrelentingly picky, all the better. I would really appreciate your feedback.

To see Book 1 of the Atoma series:
https://www.amazon.com/Atoma-Blockcha...

Thank you.

Gerard


message 16: by Anna (new)

Anna Andrade (annaandradejb) | 12 comments Hi!

I just finished my first romance (59k words). The thing is english is not my first language, so I'd love to have your help to check If I loose something on the process as well if you do comment about the story (It'd be amazing).

Resume of my novel:

Now Peter Stein is famous. The Miami boy finally got prestige that he was so highly acclaimed for acting. It was his great chance to shine, and the 22-year-old had to follow in the footsteps dictated by his manager not to get lost in fame. Living in LA had its perks, but he didn't have the presence of a new neighbor who loved to party until dawn.
Alexa Riley was the youngest daughter of an award-winning Hollywood director. With her paternal absence supplied by money and a troubled past, she eventually moved out of rehab to a mansion in a somewhat old-fashioned neighborhood, driven by the words of pastors Langdon Stein, Peter's father, and Arthur Clifton, the first's father. Peter's love, Tori.
Alexa's rebellion distorts the environment and, especially, Peter's heart, putting everyone around and his own destiny against the union. The drama puts professional choices as well as friendships to the test in a heart-melting hot romance.


Thank so much.
Anna Andrade (anna.griffiths.lee@gmail.com)


message 17: by Amanda (new)

Amanda | 80 comments Hi Lisa,
I have a collection of horror/ dark fantasy shorts. All together they are about 40,000 words. I realize you have quite a line so just let me know (PM) when/if you can, no rush :)


message 18: by Mytchel (new)

Mytchel Chandler (authormytchelchandler) | 42 comments Hello! My name is Mytchel Chandler and I am seeking Beta readers for my 82K word, YA Fantasy novel, titled The Dark and Dangerous Days of Sin Shadow. I am looking for a comprehensive assessment focused on a generalized view of the story. I.e. Narrowing in on plot holes, character inconsistency, etc. Please review the synopsis below and see if it is something you’d be interested in. Looking forward to working with you!
Sin Shadow, a coming of age teen, has found his true calling in life, becoming a baker. But destiny has other plans as he discovers he has the ability to travel through shadows. When he asks his queen for capital in order to open up his bake shop, the Queen gives him an ultimatum; become the ambassador between the two sides of their world, The Land of the Light and the Land of the Dark, and stop the war from happening, or face the front lines.
He is sent to reconcile with King Nyx, the leader of The Land of the Dark, but struggles on his journey as he unearths the meaning behind his newfound abilities. Sin’s mission to harmonize the two lands turns into a desperate race against time when a foreign army from a land beyond the sea threatens to invade.
Not only must he stop the red army from conquering his homeland, garner the trust of two divided nations, parent his winged cat-son, Alonso, and wrestle with the knowledge that he may never own his own bakery, but Sin must find the answer to the question he’s been struggling with his whole life: Where does he belong?


message 19: by Molly (new)

Molly Stegall (mollystegall) | 168 comments Hello, I have recently finished my Fantasy book: Ashes of Revenge (107,410 words). I would describe this as a YA Fantasy book and would love to have a Beta Reader(s) read and review it! If you would only be willing/able to do a chapter or two that is fine as well!
Thank you!

In the land of Fantacia, there are five Kingdoms that rule over all, each having its own species: Farian, Monstro, Mundus, Shifter, and Telik. The Kingdom's are constantly at odds and have been on the brink of war for years.

Hoping to take advantage of the Kingdom's disheveled state is Raven, a Mundus that has three-fourths of her body burned. Richard, a Farian with wings as dark as the night and an unmatched skillset with a sword. Colt, a Shifter with two different colored eyes who escaped the Shifter Kingdom and has unmatched fighting skills.

The small group wishes nothing more than to take over the Kingdom's and claim the thrones for themselves. However, one day Raven runs into the entity of Death, and he forces them to derail their plan and follow his, unknown to Richard and Colt. Raven has to go to the Kingdom that she never wanted to see again, the Mundus Kingdom. There, the group's secrets and pasts begin to slowly rise to the surface, threatning their plans. Raven is forced to do as Death says, which begins to take a physical and mental toll on Raven. However, they still have one goal - revenge.

Please PM me :)


message 20: by Jearl (new)

Jearl Rugh (goodreadscomjearl_rugh) | 15 comments Hi, Lisa,

My request might be a bit different. I've written the first 15 chapters of an adult novel which could sit in the bookstore next to The Da Vinci Code. I've posted a few chapters on Wattpad and am looking for feedback as to whether the beginning hooks a reader, ultimately an agent, enough to want more.

If interested, you'll find the selected chapters of The Byzantine Relic at: https://www.wattpad.com/user/JearlRugh.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jearl Rugh


message 21: by James (new)

James Cubby | 15 comments Hi Lisa,
I'm looking for a beta reader for my 69,000 word YA Adventure MOB TREASURE.
Inspired by Meyer “The Mob’s Accountant” Lanksy’s rumored hiding of millions of dollars, and the hunt to find it. Think National Treasure meets The Last Treasure. (A modern day Treasure Island where the pirates are mobsters.)

Fifteen-year-old Joey Lasky lives in a fantasy world of mafia kingpins and hitmen fueled by stories from his grandfather. In reality, he’s afraid of his own shadow and jumps at the sound of a closing locker – imagining it a gunshot. Now he feels lost and more alone as his beloved grandfather has died.

Armed with a book – Treasure Island - filled with clues sent to him after his grandfather’s death, Joey and his best friend fly to Miami to search for the hidden “treasure.” Joey knows the hunt will be dangerous because his grandfather was a notorious mob boss and the new mob boss has threatened him. Claiming the hidden money is theirs, the mob will stop at nothing to get it, including killing anyone who stands in their way.
If you're interested or have time contact me via email at cubbysobe@hotmail.com.
Thanks so much,
James Cubby


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Lisa,
I'm looking for a beta reader for my 62k word sci-fi comedy--William and the Kingdom of Emps.

Blurb: Ten years after William destroys most of the Earth, he designs a simulation to help him decide if it is even worth the trouble of saving what is left of it. Join William as he travels into a simulated future to explore human nature and meet up with Francis, his stark raving mad creator, and Jonathan, Francis's dubious yet benevolent son as they embark on an absurd journey through a utopian 2120 Manhattan.

Let me know if this is something you might be interested in.


message 23: by Bob (new)

Bob Austin | 21 comments Hi Lisa

I am looking for an avid reader such as yourself to see the latest draft of my second book. It's part of an on-going fantasy series, but it's not necessary to have read the first, part of the feedback I'm looking for is if this book stands on it's own merit.

Magic in a modern era is the tagline. I am attempting to build a world full of vibrant but hopefully relatable characters for the current generation.

Let me know if you are interested and I can send you a copy. I would very much appreciate any feedback you can offer.

Kind Regards,
Bob Austin


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