I am looking for 6-12 readers for my 4-book series I'm titling the Janey McCallister Space Station Mystery Series. I'm planning to publish starting September 2018, and I'd love your help making this series the best it can be.
WHAT I NEEDI'd like reader feedback (questions below) on a few chapters at a time, approximately 30 pages (or sometimes less), every 2 weeks. I'll send you your choice Word doc or PDF, and you send them it back with any notes on it or just send back notes in an email.
You're getting pages that I have edited a lot, so your feedback will help me make it even better.
QUESTIONSHere’s what I would like you to answer: (Short answers are fine. 🙂 )
1. At what point does the motivation or the actions of the characters seem unrealistic?2. Where does the story get boring?3. What was missing? What did you want more of?4. So, what would make this a five-star story for you?5. Did you feel attached to the characters?6. [Optional] Any line edits, like typos and grammar, would be great!
You can answer any or all. All feedback is helpful.
TIMING AND TIME COMMITMENTI'd like to send out these approx. 30 pages about every 2 weeks, and would love to get your comments back within 7-14 days.
You may spend 1-4 hours reading and making comments for each batch of pages, depending on how fast you are.
I am asking for commitment for reading the whole book, about 3 months time. My goal is to complete one book every 2-3 months.
SCHEDULE WITH EARLY READER TEAM (Titles are working titles and subject to change.)
August through October 2017: INTO THE DARK, Book 1November 2017 through January 2018: RICHER THAN GOLD, Book 2February through April 2018: GONE GREEN, Book 3May through July 2018: RED RUNNING DEEP, Book 4
*If you can help me on all four books, that's awesome. But if you can only help on one book, that's fine too! Every little bit of feedback helps.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOUYou get to be a part of shaping the story long before the general public reads the books. You get to help an author. You get to see the story shaping process in action. You'll also get signed copies of the books, as they will be released in print and digital. I will mention you in the Acknowledgements.
ABOUT THE BOOKSThere are 4 books in the series. If they sell well, I'll write more.
Each book is about 200-250 pages, maybe a little longer, and designed to be fun, quick reads.
Set on a space station that is a 5-star hotel-casino in high earth orbit about 100 years in the future, each book is a stand-alone murder mystery, with Janey McCallister as the lead investigator. She works on the security staff for the hotel-casino. There is an overarching 4-book story, continuing characters, and a love interest. As soon as I have book blurbs, I'll share them with you.
COMMITMENTIf this is something you'd like to do, I need ongoing commitment. I need readers who can be part of the early reader team for the long haul, at least for one entire book. I do know that life happens. So let me know if you can't participate as soon as you know, so I'm not waiting on comments from you. Thanks in advance!
NEXT STEPSIf you know this is something you'd like to do, then sign up below.
QUESTIONS?You note them below in the form or email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.