Looking For Beta-Readers To Join Me In An Experiment

Hello any and all,

I’ve recently “finished” a new story and I’d like to try a little experiment with it. You see, when I say “finished” I mean I’ve done a first draft with one editing pass. My next usual step is to ask a few close friends to read through it and give me some feedback. These are my beta-readers, there are three of them and I’ve already sent the story off to them.

What I’d like to try is getting a wider circle of beta-readers to give me feedback, and that’s where you come in. If you are reading this, and interested in helping me out then I’d like to share this new story with you and hear what you think about it. I’d also like to use this as an opportunity to try out google drive.

Still with me? Ok – the story I’ve just finished clocks in at about 3,300 words and is probably best pigeonholed as Science Fiction Horror. I am looking for a maximum of 10 extra readers. Frankly, there probably aren’t 10 people interested in helping my out this way, but just in case I’m putting that limit up front.

If you would like to help me out in this (and I fully acknowledge that you would be doing me a great favor) then please contact me through the contact page above, or email me at jxilon [at] hotmail [dot] com, or leave a comment below with a real email I can reach you at. I will then share the story with you on google drive, which is where you will also be able to leave comments.

I’ll also share a small document with you giving some guidelines for giving feedback on the story but I’ll also say this here: I am not looking for hugs and congratulations. Sure, I want to hear what you like about the story, but I really need to hear what you don’t like about it. It’s the things that don’t work I need to identify and fix before moving on to the next stage with this story.

That’s all for now, I hope to hear from some of you.

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