Yes, it is that time again…the call is out for Beta Readers for DEAD: Alone (Book 2 of the New DEAD series). So, if you have spare time, a keen eye for the mechanics or a critical one for story continuity, then you are welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with “BETA FOR ALONE” in the subject.
Having a good group of Beta Readers is critical to an author. We can’t always get everything correct. Also, I have said on more than one occasion that you, my readers, know these people better than I do. You breathe that final slip of life into them after I have put them down on paper.
So, if you have some free time, then drop me a line. I will say that I do things differently. I send you a chapter every other day. That gives you time to digest what you have read, compile any corrections or observations, and shoot them back to me in an email. Every 4 chapters, I send you the corrected version where I may or may not’ve used your suggestions depending on the situation as well as cleaned up any errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This lets you see the corrections you caught actually installed.
You don’t need to have a perfect eye to be a Beta Reader. I am always amazed at how many different errors are caught by just one person during the process. It is proof that you need many sets of eyes to get this in tip-top shape. Also, some of you simply point out clunky sentences or parts where my prose was a wee bit confusing. Everybody brings something different to the table.
The process begins on Monday and there are a limited number of slots, so don’t delay.