View Full Version : Beta reader for Historical Gothic Mystery

07-14-2009, 04:12 AM

I'm in the process of working on a historical gothic mystery set in 15th Century Florence. The 50-cent synopsis is below (I don't have an elegant cover letter version yet). Tentatively the novel is called "Suicide Kings".

Diana Savrano is a 19-year old woman grieving her recently deceased mother. Diana's world is cracked open when a nun informs her that her mother did not die of natural causes but was murdered. Determined to find the truth, Diana plunges headlong into the city's dark side, populated by assassins, prophets, mad clerics and the unholy cult at the center of it all. As her investigation moves forward, Diana must decide if she truly wants to know the truth...even if it means learning that her father is responsible or that, ultimately, her mother took her own life.

That's what I can come up with on the spot. For history buffs out there, the story is set during the brief reign of the Friar Savonarola in 1497 (the Bonfire of the Vanities).

I'd appreciate an honest appraisal, including writing errors, but also what does and doesn't work in the story. I'd like to think I keep my ego in moderation and don't at all mind constructive criticism (I've learned a lot from past beta readers on past works). I don't mind the occasional complement of course! As for writing creds, I've done a lot of non-fiction work, books and academic articles, and I do have about a half dozen short-story publications, so I don't think I'd be completely wasting your time.

Naturally I'm happy to reciprocate the beta reading. I figure 1 chapter a week, exchanged. I'm about halfway done with the book, so would appreciate some early input...and having a reader waiting for more chapters would help motivate as well.

Please PM me or email at avalongod@aol.com

Matera the Mad
07-14-2009, 07:16 AM
Oh noes. Please don't post your e-mail address openly in a forum. Please. Spambots will eat it and sh*t all over :(

BTW, I'm tempted.

07-26-2009, 10:35 AM
*bump* Still looking! :)