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As I transition from hobbyist to pro in the writerly field, it occurs to me that I should have a few more beta readers. I currently have a small-but-dedicated pool of folks who I toss writing fragments, ideas, or even whole stories at for feedback, approval, or general tearing-apartness, and while they do a fine job, I would still like to have a few more different perspectives on things. My projects are going to get larger in scope and (hopefully) require more rigorous editing, so a few more eyes on it would be welcome.

The requirements are:

  • A LiveJournal account. I put my beta-reader posts on my LJ, locked to a custom list, so you’ll have to have an account to see them.
  • The ability to articulate specifically what you like or don’t like about an idea or piece of writing. Neither “It rules!” nor “It sucks!” are particularly useful bits of feedback, while “I couldn’t make out who was supposed to be speaking each line in the interchange between Alex and Susan…” is. Also, while I’m not looking for people to just savage everything I write, the ability to be (gently) ruthless in the search of quality is a big plus.
  • You actually check LJ from time to time. ;) Since the posts are closed, there won’t be Twitter announcements or the like for them.

The benefits are:

…uh…

You get to see the messy, unfinished part of my work? And listen to me ramble about the process, even more than I already do here?

Okay, yeah, it’s kind of a hard sell. But there are folks who like that sort of thing. ;)

Seriously tho, if you’re interested, please shoot me an e-mail at thegneech@gmail.com or leave a comment in my LiveJournal.

Suicide Prevention Walk

This Saturday (September 28th), Mrs. Gneech and I will both be participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention fundraising walk at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. If you’d like to help out or join in, please check out my fundraising goal page for details. This is the first time I’ve done one of these, but having lost a friend to suicide, it’s a cause I’d really like to help with. Big thanks to everyone involved!

That’s all for now! Keep being awesome, everyone. :)

-The Gneech

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.

Comments

( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
huskyteer
Sep. 24th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'm on the list, right? If not, I would very much like to be!
the_gneech
Sep. 24th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
You are! :)

-TG
aj_hyena
Sep. 24th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
As I'm currently going through an editing run of 200 pages of garbage to not-so-garbage, being able to edit/critique/proofread someone else's work would be a nice change of pace. I'm in, if you'll put me on the list.
canisrufus_uk
Sep. 24th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
I would be happy to be on the list, if you want a silly British wuffie that is :P
smrgol_t_kirin
Sep. 24th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
I am willing if you are!
kensterfox
Sep. 24th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'll also volunteer. (While I can't be said to check LiveJournal often, I have *your* LiveJournal on RSS, and I presume that's what's important here.)

And the obvious benefit is: You get to have someone listen to your opinion on stuff and actually care what you think! That's a pretty potent perk, right there.

EDIT: It occurs to me that if these posts are private except to a list of people, it wouldn't show up on an RSS. But I could just keep LiveJournal open in a pinned tab, and that would ensure I look at it at least once a day or so.

Edited at 2013-09-24 10:19 pm (UTC)
hantamouse
Sep. 24th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
As always, even odds I'll have the time to put into it.
the_gneech
Sep. 24th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
As I recall, you're already on the list. :)

-TG
hantamouse
Sep. 25th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
And have a poor (but non-zero) track record of responding. It bugs me.
jamesbarrett
Sep. 25th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm on the list and you've responded more than I have. bad me, bad, no more cookies. wait, I have cookies. Yay, cookies! *is all distracted now*
the_gneech
Sep. 25th, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
Quality is more important than quantity, FWIW. The only time lack of responses bug me is when nobody answers, then I start to wonder if anyone's still reading.

-TG
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