View Full Version : Seeking One or Two Beta Readers for Short Story Critique Partnership

03-05-2012, 01:51 AM
I'm 52, and currently working on psychological and supernatural horror, and mysteries, primarily short stories. I also have had some reviews and articles published over the years. I have a BA in English and an AS in Computer Science. I am pursuing professionally vetted and edited publication only. I am seeking one or two people to work with as critique partners, to provide mutual support and beta reading. I prefer to work only with writers also seeking professionally vetted and edited publication only; I am not willing to work with people who are "self-publishing." I am willing to serve as beta reader for literary and mainstream fiction, non-fiction articles and essays, horror and mystery. I would not be a good match with anyone writing YA, fantasy, romance, science fiction, erotica, pornography, or any work that includes gratuitious graphic violence. Thanks.

03-05-2012, 05:15 PM
Hello, KBKeel, and a pleasure to meet you.

While I truly hope you get a volunteer who's happy to do you this large favor, I'm going to refer you to a post which will at first piss you off, then sink in, and ultimately may turn your beta search into something which is terrific and more rewarding than you'd dared hope.

Please bear in mind that when I wrote this, I was particularly frustrated with requests--sometimes even personal requests sent to me individually--for beta reads from people I didn't know.

Kind of like you. I bet you're a great person, but at this point, you're a stranger here with his or her hand out.

So without further ado: Why I Won't Beta Read Your Novel (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=212171).

Maryn, genuinely pleased to welcome you here