It’s easy for us writers to overlook the flaws in our own works, so I’m looking for some feedback.
I need YOU to make my books the best they can be. And best of all, you read my books for FREE before anybody else even knows they exist.
The best books aren’t born, they’re made, and you can help shape the future of my books before they’re even published.
(And it’s a fun way to earn your spot in the book’s Acknowledgments page for all eternity!)
That’s right, readers like you are the secret sauce! 🙂
Frequently Asked Questions
Good question! You get:
- To read my first three books FREE
- To read them before anyone else (before they’re published)
- Secret info about my writing and publishing process
- My undying gratitude for your insightful feedback
- The opportunity to shape the future of my published books and of my author career
- Your name in the Acknowledgments page of each book you give feedback on (ebook and print versions)
- Your name in the Acknowledgments page of this website
Plus, you’re getting in on the ground level, and will totally have bragging rights over everyone who comes after. With your help, I’m going to make this series take off, and everyone who sees your name in the Acknowledgements will know you are one of the first who ever saw this series come to life!
I’ve just finished revising the first half of my Fae Queendom series. That’s right… you’ll get to read not just one RH book but THREE. All for FREE. (Because why not more than one, am I right?)
Each book is around 75,000 words long. (Compare to other books here to help visualize what this means… Zoom in.)
Three free books in exchange for your feedback! Not bad.
Synopsis will appear here soon…
Yes, I’ve put another book under a different pen name through a couple rounds of reader feedback. Thanks to readers like you, it maintains above a 4-star average on Amazon and Goodreads!
I admit to being somewhat demanding as far as beta reading goes. I’ll expect you to keep as close to those deadlines as you can, so that I can revise while you’re reading the next chapters. See the deadlines section below.
What I need most are your impressions. If I could ride along with you and read your mind as you looked at the story, I’d know exactly what needs fixed. But I’m no mind reader! So I need you to tell me your thoughts at the end of each chapter, or what confused you, or where you got bored.
Honestly answering a few of these questions after reading each chapter will help:
- What’s working? What isn’t?
- What makes you want to keep reading?
- What throws you out of the story?
- Do the characters’ actions and thoughts ring true?
- Are the characters interesting?
- What do you think will happen next?
- Did you notice any inconsistencies? (eye color, height, etc.)
Once I have your feedback, I can decide how to make the story even better. You can also feel free to give me input on typos, punctuation, and word choice suggestions too, of course.
Here are examples of the type of feedback I’d appreciate:
- I’m confused by this paragraph. (Point out the paragraph)
- The big battle felt anticlimactic for me because there wasn’t much tension beforehand.
- Ricton is always angry at everything. It gets old by Chapter 6.
- I don’t understand why Sora reacted this way.
- Every time I see a chapter from Ricton’s point of view, I feel bored and wish I could skip ahead to a Sora chapter.
- I thought Sora’s special powers let her do A, but instead she did B in this scene. This wasn’t well explained.
Impressions are also helpful, because they let me peek into your head and understand whether or not I’m revealing information quickly enough in the story. A few examples:
- I understand that Sora’s special powers let her do this and this, so I bet that will become important in later chapters.
- I totally agree with Ricton’s anger at Sora in this chapter!
- I think this detail is foreshadowing and will be important sometime later.
- I’m really loving the scenery through here.
- I’m dying to know what happens next!
With your help, I want to make these books the best they can be before I publish them at the end of 2020!
Like that you think the story is boring, clichéd, and stupid? If it’s really that bad, this book may just not be for you, especially if you don’t usually read fantasy romance or reverse harem.
But if you’ve noticed a major problem with the book and aren’t sure how to give me the disappointing news, here are some suggestions:
- Soften the bad news with some good news
- Avoid sounding like you’re critiquing the author personally (in other words, avoid saying “you”) — instead say something like “I prefer” or “I felt”
- Avoid exclamation points! or ALL CAPS
- Use tactful phrasing: I noticed, to me it seemed like, you might consider, have you thought about, possibly, maybe, I prefer
- Avoid phrases like: you need to, you have to, you must, you shouldn’t, you can’t, don’t, never, always
For more advice on giving bad news and being tactful, visit this page. (Note: It’s not on my site.)
If you can’t finish a book because life gets in the way, that’s okay, just let me know as soon as you can. And if you’re still interested in reading future books for me, I’ll press pause until next time by keeping you on my list of early readers.
All things come in time. Although I publish myself, that doesn’t mean I don’t have deadlines. I have a publishing schedule in order to keep on track with everything I’ve promised my readers. I’ll expect you to keep as close to my deadlines as you can, so that I have time to revise based on your feedback before publication.
I’ll send you the first book via Bookfunnel in April 2020. I’d like it back by the end of the month.
Book 2 will show up May 2020, and again, I’d like your feedback by the end of May.
Likewise, Book 3 will show up June 2020, and you guessed it…
You’ll need to finish reading all three books of the series by June 30.
If you only finish giving me feedback on one or two books by then, that’s fine, too. Either way, if you survive, your name will appear in the print and ebook Acknowledgments of any of the books you finished!
See a more detailed timeline below.
BookFunnel is an awesome service that allows me to send you secret codes so you can download the ebook version to whatever device you prefer. Here’s how it works:
- I’ll beam a new file to you using BookFunnel.
- You’ll use the code to download it or beam it directly to your ereader, Kindle, tablet, smartphone, or other app or device of choice.
- You’ll send your feedback to me via email.
I’ll email you more detailed instructions once you sign up.
No, everything I send you must remain confidential. You shouldn’t divulge any story situations, characters, or plot points.
Let’s say I heavily revise the novel based on reader feedback, but you or someone else publicly mentioned details that I significantly changed. Future readers of the final published version would get really confused, because those details may have changed, characters may no longer exist or new characters may be added, whole plot points may disappear, etc. It’s just confusing to someone who never read the draft you helped me revise.
To be clear, no one has my permission to share these files with anyone else.
What you CAN say
If you’re excited about the story, definitely share that! Also, feel free to tell people you’re a reader for me, and if they’re interested, you can have them sign up as a reader, too.
Talking to other readers
Please turn in your feedback and wait until after the deadline on that particular chapter/section BEFORE talking to other readers about that particular chapter. That way, your review isn’t biased. I’d rather get your uncontaminated and fresh impression.
For instance, if you think Ricton is angry for no reason in this chapter, and then you talk to another reader. They tell you Ricton’s angry because Sora’s more powerful than him. So then you decide not to mention that you were confused. But what if I intended for readers to think that Ricton’s actually angry about his father?
I’ll email you and send you ebooks via BookFunnel, which will let you download and read them however you choose — on your computer, your phone, your tablet, your ereader — anything, really!
Then you simply email your feedback to me.
Once you’re done with the book, I’ll ask you exactly how you’d like your name to appear in the Acknowledgments of the ebook and printed book when I publish it. I know sometimes people do/don’t want their last name, prefer a nickname, or want a middle initial to appear.
Then I’ll send you the next book to read via BookFunnel!
If you fall behind, you can keep reading as long as it’s just a couple weeks behind.
If you’re really far behind but might want to read for me again in the future, just let me know. I’ll push pause and stop sending you email reminders until my next series of books is ready for feedback.
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