April 8th, 2005

Orangutan

Betas Needed and WIP

I'm looking for a few good betas :-). I've posted to mailing lists with a request and am putting this on my lj and the x-slash community as well.

I write story series, with each story being from 1500-4000 words and the series consisting, usually, of 8-10 stories. My fiction is X-Men movieverse and I'm currently writing an X1-based series. Its working title is "Looking Ahead." For readers of my previous fiction, it is a sequel to "Reminiscences" and picks up on themes of both "Reminiscences" and "Unexpected Occurrences." I've written about 4000 words so far and expect this series will be around 20,000 - 25,000 words when finished.

I like process betas, who will read stories as they are written and answer questions like "What do you think happens next?" as well as do the more conventional editing. This helps me to see whether my foreshadowing is too heavy-handed, too subtle or just right. I ask questions about how the beta is reacting to the story and what s/he'd like to see happen or done differently. I don't always take that advice but I profit from it. I'm looking for the kind of impact the stories have on a few readers. It's not required that you have read my previous stories.

I don't usually post WIP, but I'm posting the first story in this series, to give a sense of what you'd be getting yourself into. Of course, if you've ever beta'ed for me before, you know what you're getting yourself into, and I'd be happy of your help again.

First story is behind the cut. It is followed by the questions I would ask betas to answer for this story. If you are interested in beta'ing, let me know. Thanks in advance for your attention and consideration.

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