Last night, I finished the first draft of my maintenancepunk novel – which is like cyberpunk, except you spend way more time troubleshooting device conflicts and field-stripping your cyberlimbs.
I’m looking for about seven to ten people to beta-read for me and give me feedback. (Why seven to ten? Because I’d like four to five people, and generally I find that you hit about 60% on getting beta readers to get back to you in time.)
I’m giving special preference this time to military folks and gun nuts, because this is a novel written by a pansy-ass civilian about a veteran in future combat, and I am positive I’ve gotten the details laughably wrong.
Now. If you’re saying “Let me do it, I’m really good at proofreading,” alas, I shall pass. Assuming I sell it to a publisher, we’ll have professional copyeditors and proofreaders sniffing this sucker like a hound dog. Flagging misspelled words and grammatical errors is a distraction from the overall point of “Did this book deliver an emotional cyberpunch?”
No, what I want are the sorts of people who can explain four separate things, each cogently:
• The things that confuse you (“Why would $character do that?” or “Wait, cyberlimbs shouldn’t be able to do that?”)
• The things that throw you out of the story (“Character wouldn’t do THAT!” or “Factually, that’s so wrong!”)
• The things that give you ass-creep (“I got bored here”)
• All the things that make you pump the fist (“This moment was truly awesome, and unless I tell you how awesome it is, you might cut this part out in edits”)
So if you think you can do all that in five weeks, do me a favor and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the header “FERRETT, I WOULD LIKE TO BETA-READ YOUR MAINTENANCEPUNK.” This service comes with the great reward of being name-checked in the acknowledgements, if this eventually sells. I may get filled up on people, but if I do, I’ll put you on the list for the next revision, if there is one – I’ll need to give this one two more drafts in the next four months.
(And if you have beta-read for me before and are asking, “Ferrett, why didn’t you ask me directly?”, kindly remember that I am shy and dislike bothering people. If you’ve got the time and want to volunteer for another go-round, pitch in!)
(Also note: I’ve not been blogging much on my main blog because, well, I’m still deciding what to do about LiveJournal’s recent TOS change, and moving away from LJ involves some technical preparation I hain’t had time for. If you’re on LJ, well, consider bookmarking my main site.)
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.