They say you need to work at something for 10,000 hours to become an expert at it. If that is accurate, then I would be several times over expert reader. I read 200+ books a year and have had this addiction since elementary school.
Let’s just call this level of expertise a superpower. The question is: How can I wield this superpower for good? Then an idea came to me while I was trying to pimp out a novel I recently wrote and wanted to get feedback from beta reader’s whether my story was any good. What if I could feed my reading addiction and help other first time authors with their beta reading needs?
Writing a story is a huge accomplishment. As a writer, you spend hours reading it, re-reading it, editing it and then the story becomes so ingrained in you, you can’t tell if it’s any good or if you are just in love with these characters you created. So, you cautiously ask a few close friends or family members to read your work but here’s the kicker; NO ONE THAT LOVES YOU WILL TELL YOU IT SUCKS. Since I don’t know you, therefore don’t love you, I can give you honest feedback on your story.
I am offering my reading skills to 100 authors that need a beta reader, for FREE. I will provide some basic feedback and I will blog daily about this reading adventure. I am literally reading 100 books in 100 days so the feedback will be brief (think Amazon or Goodreads). If you have specific questions you would like me to answer like: Were the character’s believable? Was the bad guy bad enough? etc. I am happy to answer questions along these lines. I won’t be critiquing for grammar or spelling but if it is bad, I will mention it on my review.
My goal in reading 100 Books in 100 Days:
- FREE Beta Read for unpublished stories for writers that need a fast reader with a good eye for stories.
- To provide feedback for first time authors.
- Help prepare unpublished work so it’s polished and ready for the dreaded query letter.
- Get other readers excited about 100 new unpublished stories and authors.
- Pay it forward. This is a way to thank those willing souls that took their time to be my beta reader.
- Read 100 books in 100 consecutive days without sacrificing hygiene, exercise, and family.
Use the form below and tell me about your short story, novella or novel. Please provide a brief synopsis and include: genre and word count. (This is good practice for when you start to query.) You may present any manuscript in which you control exclusive copyright. I am open to previously-published manuscripts as long as the submitting author now controls all electronic and print publishing rights.
Please fill out the form below and I will let you know within a few days if I will be reading your story. If I am interested in reading your manuscript, you will be contacted with further submission instructions. Please do not resubmit previously submitted queries AND please only one submission per person.
Depending on how long it takes to gather up 100 stories will determine when I will start reading. This will be a BIG challenge for me so please be patient and I look forward to hearing from you!
Word Count Guidelines **Nothing over 100,000 words please.
ADULT NOVELS: COMMERCIAL & LITERARY
Between 80,000 and 89,999 words is a good range you should be aiming for.
Perhaps more than any other, YA is the one category where word count is very flexible.
For starters, 55,000 – 69,999 is a great range.
Middle grade is from 20,000 – 45,000, depending on the subject matter and age range.
Memoir is the same as a novel and that means you’re aiming for 80,000-89,999.
Between 17,500 -40,000
Between 1,000 – 5,000