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    Beta 3 CH's mystery/soft sci-fi novel or any portion, and will swap too

    I'm looking for a beta reader with 30 posts or more for the first 3 chapters, 88 pages double spaced, 29,000 words, of my novel, "The Silver Slipper Affair" (188,000 total words) or any part thereof. I will read 29,000 of your works too if it is in an area that interests me. We could do a test read of 5 pages and/or describe our novels more.

    I dug into the last of my savings and hired a freelance editor and hoping now for someone new to beta read, just for flow. It is a difficult phase now as I debate over submitting or not to publishers etc and hope for some beta readers. I have given to AW only quite a while ago with many crits in SYW. So far two betas in AW I asked, not from this post but from long ago in my old AW emails, read my 9,000 word CH1. One said he was definitely hooked and offered to read (is presently reading) my whole novel! The other AW beta from old emails who said he didn't read at all in my area but still wanted to read was "put off" by my CH1 and didn't like it at all, only his complaints were not about poor grammar or it being sloppily written. Three betas outside AW were hooked. One of the three (she has a degree in Media Arts) asked to read beyond CH1 and read 470 pages before starting training at a videography school and was still hooked. For these reasons I can say it's not sloppily written.

    My main line: When a 17 year old girl discovers Dorothy’s magical slippers have extraordinary powers and are the targets of an evil man bent on hurting America, she steals them herself with hopes to unlock the slippers' powers.

    I need a read for flow and to let me know where it slows and why, and what you found the strengths to be. If you could rate it 1-10, with 10 being completely knocked it out of the park, where would it fall?

    I don't want copy editing or grammar corrections as that slows down your read for flow. I've worked on it for a long time, plus with that freelancer (although some new chapters and rewriting she hasn't read yet), and most likely very few grammar errors.

    I would also beta for you in equal length or less. I can't beta horror, abuse, stories with a lot of violence, or LGBT. I can't beta LGBT not because of prejudice, it's just not an area I can understand enough to beta well. Also please only people who have a count of about 30 or more at AW.

    Please PM me. In AW there is no way to send attachments. One can send I think 10,000 words but you end up having to reformat it all to look right. I did that with short pieces in SYW, but even then it was a lot of work. If in your PM you could please give me your email address (Don't give email address in my thread here as that is public... A seasoned AW'er said it's not a good idea, share email addresses only in PM.) so I can email it to you because AW does not provide sending attachments. I think that's because of internet space or "bandwidth" or some reason like that.

    Thanks for your attention! Winfred
    Last edited by Winfred; 06-18-2018 at 06:24 PM. Reason: no offers to beta after 16 days

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