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message 1: by Ppub (last edited May 12, 2020 04:38PM) (new)

Ppub | 22 comments Something quite unusual. 57k, sexy, comedic, drama-romance

Mean Girls meets 9 1/2 Weeks meets Harry meets Sally.

Silly yet substantive, trashy yet profound.
Stupidly puerile, yet deeply moving.

Unusual premise, twists, comic dialogue, intimacy, smart, funny, and decidedly strange.

57k word short novel, first in a completed trilogy.

Sexual situations, adult language. Only readers over 18+, please.

Thank you!


message 2: by Priya (new)

Priya Bhowal (priyalovingly) | 15 comments I have two queries for you:
1) Does it involve erotica?
2) Are you interested in working with paid beta readers?


message 3: by Ppub (new)

Ppub | 22 comments Hi, thanks for your interest! I would have to say it is not quite erotica, though strongly sex-themed. If I knew of an excellent beta reader who could really improve the work, certainly that would be of interest to mix in with free readers, though the preference would be to reserve the budget toward more labor-intensive work like editing and proofreading services.


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary Turner (marymwt) | 3 comments Hi,

I'm new on the board but would be interested if you could tell me what you are looking for in a beta. I am not the greatest proof-reader or grammar specialist but down with story plotting and world-building.


message 5: by Ppub (new)

Ppub | 22 comments Hi Mary, welcome!!

No, proofreading and grammar are of no interest. I mainly want to know how a reader feels, particularly if it can be localized; what sentence did they love, what sentence made them go 'yuck'. Where did they laugh or tear up? Where do they feel that sense of delight and anticipation about what they think is about to happen? When did they read something that made them decide, "I *have* to keep reading to know how this turns out." Which characters feel like dear friends by the end, and which are already forgotten?

Also, a key piece is noting moments of confusion. For example, sometimes, I'll mistakenly delete sentences due to some kind of accidental mouse click, and I don't notice because I've read the piece a thousand times, I just assume it's still in there. This could be a disaster, but beta readers always catch such things because the missing information makes them read something subsequent and go, "wait, what?". Their confusion is the flag.

Similarly, because I know my characters so thoroughly--like lifelong friends--it may be perfectly clear to me how they're feeling in a given situation, but to a stranger, their behavior may be confusing or make no sense, or subject to many interpretations, so a beta reader's confusion is my clue that I've neglected to put on the page what I'd assumed as a given in my head.

But, I'll admit, more than anything, an author wants to hear that you loved the piece, haha. That you want to tell all your friends to read it and spend their money on it. ;)

Anyway, thanks for your interest; beta reading is a kind public service and greatly appreciated! If this is still of interest, please message me and I can email a manuscript in whatever file format is easiest (usually my beta readers have asked for .doc Word files so they can type in comments right into the text.)

Thanks so very much!
Beau


message 6: by Mary (new)

Mary Turner (marymwt) | 3 comments Hi,

I PM'd you with my email. Thanks again,

M.


message 7: by Abby (new)

Abby (abby_cerquitella) | 27 comments Hi,
I'd love to give your project a read and let you know my feedback. I'm an avid reader, have helped a few author friends with their works and completed a course of development editing earlier this year. Send me a message if I can help.


message 8: by Ppub (new)

Ppub | 22 comments Abby wrote: "Hi,
I'd love to give your project a read and let you know my feedback. I'm an avid reader, have helped a few author friends with their works and completed a course of development editing earlier ..."


Thanks so much! I'll message you. Greatly appreciated!


message 9: by Ppub (new)

Ppub | 22 comments I sent the manuscript in .rtf format. Thanks so very very much, it's a wonderful public service; I greatly look forward to your comments.

-Beau


message 10: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Hallam | 3 comments I think I’ve PM’d you? God knows! So many buttons, and so few fingers!

.docx please, if you want another reader

Cliff


message 11: by Ppub (new)

Ppub | 22 comments Sent it, thank you!!


message 12: by Suzan (new)

Suzan | 45 comments Sounds intriguing! I'm up for a swap, I've got a post with details here, let me know if you are interested: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 13: by Ppub (new)

Ppub | 22 comments Susan wrote: "Sounds intriguing! I'm up for a swap, I've got a post with details here, let me know if you are interested: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...-..."

Sent you a message, thanks!


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