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    Knight Templar richcapo's Avatar
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    Seeking beta for experimental magical realism

    Dear board,

    Book is narrated in pseudo-conversational style, features a bevy of complex plots and wild feats of magic; also a deranged shark god, and hordes of insane, mystically empowered Central American Freemasons. The story received high accolades from a number of agents, but nevertheless no bites. Please help.

    My novel is 115,000 words long.

    Thank you.

    Regards,

    Richard
    Last edited by richcapo; 12-05-2012 at 07:51 PM.
    Richard

    It was that bastard manís voice that woke my father. Papu found himself back in his cell, lying atop a lush bed crafted of various male and female organs and his enemy's passions. Strong with that bastard manís magic, the organs restrained Papu and sensually rubbed against him. Some xxxxxxx him and some xxxxxx with his xxxxxxx.

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    If this is for the work quoted in your Sig, I'd stick a sample up in SYW - in fact, I'd do that anyway - so people can know what they are getting into.

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    No, different story.
    Richard

    It was that bastard manís voice that woke my father. Papu found himself back in his cell, lying atop a lush bed crafted of various male and female organs and his enemy's passions. Strong with that bastard manís magic, the organs restrained Papu and sensually rubbed against him. Some xxxxxxx him and some xxxxxx with his xxxxxxx.

    Poetry and Jest

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    I'm interested but as Theo81 says, better get an except up in SYW so we can have an idea before committing.
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    Here's my suggestion to all potential beta readers: start with a sample. Beta reading is a serious commitment, especially a 80K+ word manuscript. Whenever I'm considering a project, I always start with 1-3 chapters or 30-50 pages before committing to the entire MS. It's pretty simple and so far, nobody has objected.

    Not everyone wants to post their project in the Share Your Work forum (for a myriad of reasons) and I respect that. So, if you're interested in richcapo's project but are uncertain as to whether or not you want to commit to critiquing 115K words, consider asking him to share a partial with you so you can test the waters. This will also give richcapo an idea as to your ability to offer a constructive critique. After all, beta reading is a two-way street.
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    Thanks, Rowan. I'd be happy to issue partials to any interested party.
    Richard

    It was that bastard manís voice that woke my father. Papu found himself back in his cell, lying atop a lush bed crafted of various male and female organs and his enemy's passions. Strong with that bastard manís magic, the organs restrained Papu and sensually rubbed against him. Some xxxxxxx him and some xxxxxx with his xxxxxxx.

    Poetry and Jest

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    Thanks Rowan, this helps me too.

    So, richcapo, interested in what he said?
    Oh, I am looking for a swap, BTW. So we can swap samples if you like.
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    I'll swap, sure. Partial or full works for me. Thanks.
    Last edited by richcapo; 12-06-2012 at 07:14 AM.
    Richard

    It was that bastard manís voice that woke my father. Papu found himself back in his cell, lying atop a lush bed crafted of various male and female organs and his enemy's passions. Strong with that bastard manís magic, the organs restrained Papu and sensually rubbed against him. Some xxxxxxx him and some xxxxxx with his xxxxxxx.

    Poetry and Jest

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    I fixed it for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by gell214 View Post
    Thanks Rowan, this helps me too.

    So, richcapo, interested in what she said?
    Oh, I am looking for a swap, BTW. So we can swap samples if you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    I fixed it for you.
    Of course you're a she -- you do wield the Witchblade after all.
    Richard

    It was that bastard manís voice that woke my father. Papu found himself back in his cell, lying atop a lush bed crafted of various male and female organs and his enemy's passions. Strong with that bastard manís magic, the organs restrained Papu and sensually rubbed against him. Some xxxxxxx him and some xxxxxx with his xxxxxxx.

    Poetry and Jest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    I fixed it for you.
    Oh gosh! I'm sorry!
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