I am going to be posting a page to the website soon for Beta Readers to sign up to receive a copy of the Mystics and Misfits Manuscript. The purpose for this is to provide a larger pool of beta readers as well as give people a chance to be introduced to the book early.
The beta reader process shall work as follows:
- Sign up and confidentiality agreement: The sign up page shall include contact information (Preferably gmail so I can send a view only gdoc), name, literary preferences, self-assigned deadline for completing the prologue and, after that, the full manuscript, and language confirming that you understand that any works sent to you are not for redistribution and that your reviews and comments on the material shall stay confidential between author and reader/reviewer, except for select quotes and testimonials submitted at the end of the process by the beta reader, at their discretion.
- You will be sent the prologue to read, and then provide detailed answers to questions to ensure that the sign up was not spam and that you are committed to providing detailed and thoughtful feedback. The answers are not graded, they are mainly to gauge your understanding of the material and ensure you actually read the material and will put thought into your answers.
- Following an adequate response to the prologue questions, you will then receive in the next 2-3 business days an encrypted copy of the manuscript and an end of reading questionnaire. I would ask you to not read the questions before you finish, so as to not taint your reading as you go through, but I will ensure there are no spoiler language or hints in the questions.
- Upon submitting your completed questionaire, you will be sent an email asking for any reader testimonial(s) you would like to provide for use by Dark and Silly Books, and whether you would like to put your full name, first name only, or anonymous attribution to your testimonial. All feedback, whether a testimonial is provided or not, is very valuable and not providing a testimonial will not impact decisions on future invites to beta read future books, either in this book series or a separate series.
I will be putting up the page with the approved forms and language towards the middle of January. In the meantime, if you are interested in beta reading, please feel free to contact me via the comments or our social media pages below.
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