View Full Version : Beta Readers for Religion/Atheism Themed Lit Fic? (Will Trade!)

05-13-2010, 04:40 AM
Hi there,

I'm looking for critiques on my 89,000-word lit fic novel "A Lost Argument." I have been through two stages of fairly thorough revisions on it, including submitting many of the chapters of the first half to my local writers group. It's fairly polished and you won't need to be correcting spelling or grammar mistakes. At this point I mainly need higher-level criticism on the overall coherence of the story.

The novel is about a Mormon girl in college in the early 1990s who falls in love with an atheist philosophy student. She tries to convert him, he tries to seduce her, and in the process she falls in love with philosophy as well as him. She sets off to find Truth (with a capital "T"), God, the meaning of life, and a boyfriend, and winds up becoming an atheist but learning a lot about faith in the process.

I would be more than happy to return the favor by critiquing your manuscript in exchange. I am open to reading just about anything except horror - I have difficulty with extremes of violence. So nothing too sickening or darkly gory, please. Thanks very much in advance!

05-15-2010, 03:26 AM
I sent you a PM.

05-22-2010, 01:51 AM

Are you still looking for a beta reader? I'm new to this game, but I guess I could offer you a quid pro quo. I posted a request for a beta reader for my novel earlier today on this Forum, and then I happened to notice your post.

My post included a very brief summary of my book. The post was titled "Seeking Beta Reader(s) for a Completed Novel ..." You can have a look and see what you think.

Actually, now that I think of it: My book also deals occasionally with the role of religion in society -- but only in a peripheral way. The main character calls himself a "Christian Agnostic," i.e. he was raised as a Bible-belt Christian, but his scientific training tells him that there can be no proof of the existence of God.

Anyhow ... I'm rambling .... Just let me know if you're interested in an exchange. By the way: I'm new to this "personal messaging" thing. If you send me a PM and I don't respond within a few days, you'd better nudge me via the Forum. I might have goofed up somehow.


05-24-2010, 06:46 PM
Hi Jay-w,

Great to hear from you, and yes, I am still looking for beta readers! I will take a look at your post and PM you. Thanks!