May 05 2010

Beta reader request (short story)

Published by at 1:43 pm under beta readers rock,Editing

OK, I’m looking for someone(s) willing to give feedback on a short story, details following:

I need a fresh set of eyes or two, so it needs to preferably be someone who hasn’t read this particular short story from me before.  (The story in question is “Flowers In the Desert”, for anyone wondering if they qualify.)

The story has been significantly edited and is a fairly clean draft, and I’ve received several positive comments from editors in rejection letters, hehe.  The main critique remaining on it is that it is not a sufficiently stand-alone piece.  (It’s set in the same world as the novel-in-progress.)  I’d provisionally agree with this critique, but I’ve gone over the thing so many times that I’m too close to see where the fixes lie at this point. So I’d prefer someone who thinks they’d be good at reading it over and pointing out where more backstory/exposition/necessary detail for understanding can be included without damaging the overall fabric of the story (among any other feedback you wish to share, of course).

At least one market I’m interested in submitting to closes at the end of this month, so preferrably I need a reader/critiquer who has the time to both read and give feedback before that deadline (and back to me in enough time I can make said edits and submit by deadline).

If you think the story isn’t easily fixable on the stand-alone issue, that’s relevant feedback as well, no worries!  I have plans and uses for the story even if I can’t make money off it commercially (seems like it would be a good promotional piece when I start marketing the novel, for one), but I want it to be the best story it can be regardless of pro marketability. (And ideally, it gets published and gets attention for the novel on its own!)

Comment here or contact me privately if you are interested. I might get enough volunteers on this that I can’t use all the help offered, but if so I will keep you in mind for future situations of this type, I have a couple other trunked stories that could be cleaned up!

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Beta reader request (short story)”

  1. Terryon 06 May 2010 at 11:34 am

    I can be your huckelberry.

  2. Miarron 09 May 2010 at 12:06 pm

    You didn’t mention this when we talked! Send it over, I’ll try to get it to you next week.

  3. Reesaon 09 May 2010 at 12:09 pm

    @Miarr – You’re right, I totally spaced it in the excitement of sharing the other stuff. Will send it along!

  4. Reesaon 09 May 2010 at 12:27 pm

    @Terry – Thank you for the offer. Have we met in person before, or just here through the magic of the internet?

  5. Terryon 10 May 2010 at 10:24 am

    Just the magic of the internet unfortunately. If you woudl rather I didn’t read it then I understand. No hard feelings at all.

  6. Reesaon 11 May 2010 at 8:05 pm

    @Terry – Hey, it’s the 21st century, grab some pixels and have a seat, we can chat and get acquainted! Send me an email, tell me a bit about yourself and what urges you to volunteer, and thanks for hanging around and reading! reesa at thissite’sname dot com will get to me just fine.