I’m hosting a beta testing for my upcoming novel, Holding My Breath! I encourage you to get involved, not just because you will get to read my book before anyone else, but for several other reasons as well.
I’m really excited and am putting a lot into this beta reading, so I hope you can take the time to sign up. Below is some more information on how to get involved:
What is it?
A beta reading is a trial test for an upcoming novel that is still in its stages of editing. In this case, I’m recruiting a strong group of readers to help me improve my next novel, give feedback on the story itself, and gather data on how the target audience reacts to the story. The trial run is important so that I can fix any problems with the book before it is professionally edited and published. The book that is being tested is called Holding My Breath.
There are several good reasons for you to get involved with the beta testing.
- You will get to read my novel and have an influence on the story before anyone else gets to buy it.
- Your name will be in the acknowledgements of the book where I will thank you for your participation in the beta testing and feedback on the story. (You can opt out of this if you don’t want your name in the book).
- You will have a chance to win a free signed advanced reader copy of the book when it is published.
- Participating in the beta reading of a published novel will look great on college applications if you are a student. I know for sure that this novel will be published (just not quite sure when…), so if you stay till the end of the beta test, then I’ll be available for reference in college applications.
To be clear, this is unpaid, like all beta testings for novels. You won’t receive money from this, but I will pay you in thanks and in the four previously mentioned ways…
How does it work?
The way I’m conducting this beta reading is pretty straight forward. After you sign up, I will email you with more information on how the reading will work and how to access the novel for you to read. I’ll regularly post chunks of the novel throughout the beta reading, so that by May 5th, the whole story will be out there to read.
Along the way, I’ll be gathering feedback about the book by asking you questions about the book and what you might change if you were writing it. I’ll be mainly looking for problems with the story, but I’ll also be taking a look at how you respond to the story as a whole.
What are the requirements?
If you would like to sign up for the reading, there are only a few requirements.
- You need to be at least twelve years old. This age requirement was put in place with inappropriate content (crime and violence) and quality feedback in mind. The content isn’t anything too terrible, but it isn’t for the eyes of anyone younger than twelve.
- Agreement to the terms and conditions (self explanatory stuff about copyright). This is included in the signup sheet.
The beta reading is conducted completely over the internet so there is no requirement of location. You will read on your own time, so you don’t need to be available at specific times.
When is it?
April 3, 2016 to May 5, 2016
You can jump in even after the program has started, but you’ll be a little behind. And you don’t have to stick around for the whole thing, either.
Info on the book:
Holding My Breath’s information can be found on the books page of this website. When you sign up for the beta reading you will receive more information about the novel itself and the format in which you will be reading it.
(The featured image at the top of this page is actually of a printed page of the book. You might not be able to read much of it since it’s upside down, but at least you can probably get a little inside peek at if from that…)
How do I sign up?
Just fill out this google form! A few questions are required, and the rest are there to help build information and statistics on the target audience. There are only a limited number of spots left for the reading and they are filling up fast, so sign up soon. You will get an email with more information on the reading within a few days of signing up.
If you decide that you don’t want to participate after you’ve signed up, email back saying so and we will remove you from the beta list and open up your spot for others who are interested.
If you have any beta-reading-relating concerns, you can reach me firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you have other reasons to talk to me, you can fill out the contact form on the about page.
Thank you so much for taking interest in this opportunity and helping to improve my next novel. I’m looking forward to working with you and hearing your feedback on Holding My Breath. Comment below if you have any questions.