September 3rd, 2006


Beta Call

Crossposted to x_slash

I'm looking for betas again for my current WIP. Folks who read this journal have come through for me before and been wonderful betas, who have greatly improved the stories. I'm grateful for that help and I thought I'd try again now.

My fiction is X-Men movieverse and I'm currently writing an X1-based series. For readers of my previous fiction, it follows "What's Past is Prologue" and continues the story of what happens to the X-Men after Charles Xavier's death. There will be intersecting plots with a common theme. In addition to the movie characters, there are some comics characters - including Northstar and Havok - and some original characters.

The series is slash, but there are heterosexual couples as well. The main pairings are Scott/Logan, Jean-Paul/OMC, and Jean/OMC.

I mostly write story series, with each story being from 1500-4000 words. My series have ranged in length from 4 stories to 18 and from 12,000 words to 55,000 words. I've written about 5,000 words so far in this one and I expect it will be about 10 stories and 25,000 words when done.

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 proofreading and copy 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, so I like to have multiple betas. It's not required that you have read my previous stories.

I'm including a snippet from the current WIP, to give a sense of what you'd be getting into if you beta for me. If you are interested in beta'ing, comment here or write to me. Thanks in advance for your attention and consideration.

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