Beta Readers Wanted!
Updated: Apr 24
Thank you for your interest in beta reading for my Adult Science Fantasy novel, The Promise of Shattered Stars. If you’re unfamiliar with Science Fantasy, all that means is that there are elements of both Science-Fiction and Fantasy. I feel like there’s a more detailed definition somewhere, but that one works for my purposes (ha).
Currently, I’m aiming to do one round of beta readers. However, there may be another opportunity late summer/early fall if you are unable to do so at this time and are still interested. Please let me know this on the survey (link HERE).
The Promise of Shattered Stars is an Adult novel at roughly 92, 000 words and is told in Limited 3rd Person. The novel has two main point of view characters with a third only for the interludes.
Cocky pilot Kase Shackley idolizes the ancient heroes of First Earth, his ancestors’ home world that the exploding sun obliterated a millennium ago. Odysseus and Beowulf? Both bedtime stories from his earliest memories and reasons his tongue gets him into trouble. When asked to pilot a crew on a government mission, he can’t say no to the promise of heroics. Even if he’s forced to work with the infuriating bookshop attendant who insulted him with Shakespeare…
University student Maggie Walker hoards damaged tomes in her room above the bookshop and never knows when to stop talking. Ask her about the Yalven natives, and she won’t shut up until next Tuesday. Eager to avoid ghosts of the past, Maggie will do anything to stay in the city after graduation. When the Jade government offers her substantial compensation and the chance to search for the Yalvs, well, what choice does she have? Now if she could just avoid the ungrateful, arrogant prat of a pilot, all would be well.
The mission will take the crew to the mysterious dark side of the world, a place from which no one has ever returned. Blasting ridiculous, if you ask Kase. After a month of harrowing trials, accomplishing objectives and returning home become pretty daydreams when their airship loses all power. Stranded, Kase and Maggie must learn to work together as they realize their dreams of heroism, big and small, might not be worth the cost.
This round of betas will last six weeks, starting March 15th (Et tu, Brute?) and ending the week of April 19th. All feedback would be due April 30th (because I know life just gets in the way sometimes).
Each section will be about four-five chapters and will include a short questionnaire.
I will share the doc with the four/five chapters each Sunday evening (EST) using Google Docs. You’ll have the opportunity to leave feedback on the questionnaire at the end.
What I’m Looking For:
I’m looking for 5 – 10 dedicated betas who enjoy reading (soft) science-fiction (with a heavy dose of fantasy) and are willing to give constructive criticism on overall story, pacing, and characters. However, I’m not looking for feedback on grammar/spelling/line edits at this time.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you! If you would, please take a moment to go through this short survey (Link to Survey).
Thank you so much for taking the time to consider beta reading for me. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
I’d also like to give a shout out to Brittany Wang for the fantastic Beta Reader resources and YouTube videos. 😊 If you’re an aspiring author, go check out her videos (if you haven’t already)!