Hi! I’m looking for one or two beta readers for my WIP, The Old Mill. I have just finished the third draft and am pausing for feedback before I start the copy editing; you know, the fixing typos, wrong words, etc., to make it publish ready phase. Why am I looking for beta readers before cleaning up the manuscript? Just in case some of the feedback warrants a rewrite of entire sections. I want all of the big changes (larger than correcting words and sentences) completed before I worry about those little details.
A little history
I posted The Old Mill as a serial story back in 2017. It is possible you may have read that very rough draft already! Early last year I began a complete rewrite. The basic story is the same, but I added detail and filled out the characters. I also changed POV, which is why it had to be a rewrite.
The version that I posted here was firmly in “Urban Fantasy” territory, but I made it a little darker for this version. I don’t know if it is quite “Horror”, and not the modern, 1,000 bodies and huge pools of blood with very detailed graphic depictions of violence type of horror at all, but it is much closer to horror than my other books.
This is a ghost story, but not a simple ghost story. There is a little mystery that needs to be uncovered, but that is easily solved. I hope the main idea is a bit of twist, though it is foreshadowed, so not one of those odd-ball, out of left field twists.
The book is set in a small fictional New Hampshire town and is filled with the type of people you can expect to meet in a small New Hampshire town. But the town has a past, and there is a dark secret surrounding the original mill owners. There are a few chapters that jump back to follow the life of the primary ghost of the book.
I do have a draft blurb, but since I haven’t officially put it out, I won’t post it here… If you want to see the blurb before you decided, I can send it.
Here is a sample I posted Halloween last year – this is from the second draft (I just finished the third).
What I am looking for
As with most beta-reading, I am basically looking to see what people think of the book. Are there any major flaws? Do you like the writing? Issues? Is it enjoyable? Don’t read it like an editor, read it like a reader and let me know what you, as a reader, think.
I am not looking for copy-editing type stuff (typos, wrong words, etc.) unless there is something so awful that it is scarier than the story itself ;) I know there are a lot of typos – this is still a draft, not the publish copy.
I want a relatively quick turn around. I know that is the difficult one. I had originally planned on having this out by the end of 2019. And then it was supposed to be January 2020. Here it is, almost half way through 2020 and I am still in the asking-for-beta-reader stage!
Anyway, let me know if you are interested. If you don’t have my email, we can figure out a way in the comments for me to get the manuscript to you.