So, last week I said that I would post the audio recording of a recent short story. And then I went to Capclave last weekend where a panelist reminded me that when someone buys a short story, the terms are often for “first printing rights.” This means that if the anthology does choose to publish my story I probably shouldn’t complicate things by having made it available for free. Who knew? However, there is still a way for you to read the story: sign up to be one of my beta readers.
Here’s what you get:
-A pdf of this short story emailed to you within the next week or so.
Here’s what you give me:
Your thoughts on the story. Not a line edit (spelling, typos). I want to know things like: first she had brown hair and then it was red. Why did he do that thing in chapter four? That description was confusing/contradictory/boring/unnecessary. If this is a steampunk novel why are there no goggles?
Wait now what! You said novel?
Yep. I am working through the second draft (after getting editorial notes on my first) of my Civil War Steampunk adventure. This actually my third novel, but my first that I feel is good. I work best under deadline and in order to give myself one, I am publicly committing to having the second draft readable and distributed to you, dear beta reader, by mid-December. That’s eight weeks or less. It will probably come in under 70,000 words which will give you plenty of time to read it and give me your thoughts by March.
If you sign up, read the short story, and decide that this isn’t for you, no problem. I still like you.
So, how do you sign up? Leave a comment below and say so. I’ll get in touch via some words.