Two Calls

Happy Saturday!

I’ve decided to put out a couple of calls for some assistance from my readers.

The first call is for reviewers.  I’ve hesitated doing this for quite some time, mainly because I didn’t want that to come across as the focus of my blog.  However, I think that having been here for awhile (nearly a year already!), I’ve built up some credibility and formed some good relationships with fellow writers, and I feel more comfortable putting this one out there.

I will give a code for a free copy of any book on Smashwords to the first six people to contact me through Email. If you are unfamiliar with Smashwords, you can download a book in pretty much any format for any device, and it’s free and SUPER easy to join if you don’t have an account.

A couple of things I am asking for: Firstly, I ask that those who inquire be willing to provide a review on multiple platforms; this is really not difficult as you can write one review and then paste it on several sites.  Am I going to hound you or get angry if you don’t follow through on this?  No.  It’s just something I’d like you to consider before requesting the book for review.  Secondly, please only inquire if you are able and willing to give an objective review, knowing that the categories are YA Fiction (Kaedyn’s Story), Women’s Fiction (Emma’s Story – NOT ‘chick lit’), or Juvenile Fiction (To Have a Family).  You choose which you would like to read, but I would like reviews based on the writing and story rather than “I’m giving this book 3 stars because it was a great book but it’s YA Fiction and I don’t like YA Fiction.”


The second call is a bit more… difficult… for me.

I have decided to put the call out for Beta Readers for Lily’s Story.  (To read the synopsis, click here; click on the cover to enlarge it for easier reading.)

The reason this one is so difficult is because I don’t take criticism well.  I take it, and I take it seriously; but I struggle.  And yes, it’s something I’m working on.  So I’m going to ask for a couple of things here, as well.
1. You must be willing to give honest feedback; but you need to be willing to give it kindly.  If I wanted a cruel and tactless editor, I’m sure I could find one.

2.  I’m looking for a combination of feedback on the storyline, the flow, the character development, consistency, and the technical aspects (typos, words left out, etc.  If you’re concerned that grammar and punctuation aren’t your strong suit, you needn’t worry about that.  One set of errors I DON’T make are grammar and punctuation.  Occasional typos, yes.  Grammar and punctuation, no.)

3.  I need a little positive feedback as well.

4.  You need to be willing and able to complete the Beta read in three weeks.

If you would like to participate in the Beta Read, please email me and include a bit of information about why you’re interested and why you think you would be the right person to do it, as well as your website or blog.  I will choose and contact a few people after reading emails and websites.


Thanks in advance for your support and assistance.  Please feel free to share this post across WP and social media!

8 comments for “Two Calls

  1. April 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I’m pretty slammed this next month, otherwise I’d totally do it. Good luck on finding some good betas!

    • April 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      I know you are very busy!! Thank you anyway 🙂

  2. April 12, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Unfortunately, I don’t have time to read, (this time) but I do admire your clarity and assertiveness in asking for the kind of feedback you want. It’s good to know I’m not alone in my challenges with with criticism. I usually react defensively first, in my own mind, then, more often than not, I think: well, yeah I can sort of see that. Best wishes!

    • April 12, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Ahhhh, thank you!! It was very hard for me to even put it out there that criticism is hard for me!! (Neurotic much?? LOL) Thank you :-).

  3. April 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Unfortunately, I don’t think I could do it in 3 weeks. Sorry about that. How long is the story?

    • April 11, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      It’s about 75k words right now. I’m about 50 pages into the first edit. I usually send the Beta read out after my second edit. If I don’t get enough response, I may push that out to 4 weeks…

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