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Friday, December 10, 2010

Attention: Peter & Jack Fans

Letters to Elise is getting ready to come out. You know what that means? That's right. Beta time.

In case you don't know, a beta reader is  (according Wikipedia) a person who reads a written work, generally fiction, with what has been described as "a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story prior to its release to the general public."

But with Letters to Elise, I'm going to bit a more specific about what I'm looking for because it's different than my other books. As I've explained before, it's less of a narrative. There's not a plot in the true sense. It's letters Peter wrote to Elise and a few journal entries.

And also - I'm not sure how this will play to My Blood Approves enthusiasts. I'd like to get a few readers on both sides of the spectrum - those that are 100% Team Peter and those that are 100% Team Jack - to see how it plays to both sides. And some people that are 50/50 both guys would be good too.

I'm also looking to see if more content should be added, or if some should be cut. And really if it's interesting at all. If it's not, I might scrap the idea or rework it. But we'll see.

As always - I'd also enjoy people with proofreading skills since my books are apparently never, ever proofread enough. So I'm always looking for another set of eyes.

So, if you're interested in doing a beta read of Letters to Elise, comment or email me. When you do, please let me know how you'd categorize yourself: a Peter fan, a Jack fan, or a Both fan, so I'm not getting all my feedback from Jack fans or Peter fans or what have you. If that makes any sense.

Also, I slaved all night making a soundtrack for Letters to Elise, which you can listen to: here or under the My Blood Approves tab at the top of the blog. I tried to pick music I thought Peter would like, and I guess I think Peter is kind of a folk/hipster. Apparently. And I also have the song "This Night" by Black Lab from the book trailer on it.

So yep. Thoughts please.

41 comments:

  1. Hi Amanda,
    I would enjoy beta-reading for you again. I am a "both" fan; if you had had Alice choose Peter I would have been just as satisfied as when she chose Jack. My email is vshanno1(at)naz(dot)edu. Hope to hear from you! :)

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  2. Hi Amanda,
    I am a Jack fan and would love to proof read it for you. My email is kmbrlymrgn@yahoo.com.
    Thanks, Kim

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  3. Hey Amanda,
    I'll be glad to do some beta-reading. I'm one of many - crazed - Peter fan, here's my email: tanya.rad@live.com
    I'd be content to hear from you.
    Thanks :)

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  4. I'd be happy to do some beta reading for you. I looked at both your Trylle books. I'm a Jack fan :)

    brturnbu@uno.edu

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  5. YAY, BETA! (Probably the only time in my life when I'm happy to be considered "beta-anything.")

    I'm a big Peter fan, but have some underlying Jack sympathies. My email is epickens at gmail dot com.

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  6. Hi Amanda, I would love to be able to proof read for you. I absolutely love all of your books. My favorite are definitely the My Blood Approves. I bought them for Nook & Kindle. I am also a huge Peter fan. I adore him!!! I so wish he & Alice were together. My email address is gw2923@yahoo.com

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  7. Would love to be a beta reader. I am 50%/50% as of right now. danaibarra@yahoo.com

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  8. Hi Amanda.

    I'm a new fan, so I have yet to choose a side. I also was an editor for 11 years, so I'm VERY familiar on that process and I'd love to help you if I could.

    You can reach me at courtneydavila(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Hi Amanda,

    I love the beta process, I do it when/if I can. I am a Peter fan. I have read all of your books, just never had the time to offer to help before now.
    My email is veraciousreader@gmail.com

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  10. You haven't gotten enough people I'd be glad to help. I'm 40/60. lol In the beginning I really liked Jack, but now I'm leaning towards Peter.
    My email is shimmeriing@aol.com. :)

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  11. I would love to beta read for you!! I am a 100% Jack fan :) I loved my blood approves!! my email is southcpts@yahoo.com

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  12. If you still need readers I am a "both" fan. I love you books and would be happy to help. My email is tori_r@ymail.com
    -Tori

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  13. Hi Amanda. I have read all of your books. I am a peter fan. I would love to be a beta reader. my email is asiantink@hotmail.com

    -Christine

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  14. As a fellow writer, I understand how important editing is! I'd love to beta read! I started off as a Jack fan, transitioned to a Peter fan, but now, I'm a Jack fan for life! My email is drewwithdreams@aol.com!

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  15. Hi Amanda,

    I sent you an email as to which side of the fence I fall but forgot to mention that I have a background in dm production which made for a lot of proofreading and didn't bother this minutia minded gal at all.

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  16. Ms. Hocking,
    I am new to your series but would love to proof your Letters to Elise. I love both Jack and Peter and know how hard it will be for you to do the final book and choose one. But, for the Novella it would be fun to read it and give my opinion. Reach me at gwooten4@kc.rr.com

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  17. I'm a Jack fan :o]
    I'm also a Finn fan, LOL!

    You know you can count on me to proof and content.

    dearkristi@hotmail.com

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  18. I'm a total 110% Team Peter fan!!!!

    I'd love to be able to proof Letters to Elise. It would be a great example for my students. (I'm a high school teacher.) I wouldn't show them the book but it would be great as an example of the writing process, etc. Thanks!

    -baouta@gmail.com

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  19. pick me, pick me. would love to be a beta reader for you! I'm a 50/50 person here...

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  20. I did get a little excited about reading it ahead of time-meant to elaborate. I would definitely do a great job at proofing. don't let my lack of capitalization in my postings here fool you. i do admire your work; i tell everyone about your books.

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  21. I'm on the fence and sometimes wonder why she just couldn't have both!

    I've helped out college friends with their lit reviews, disertations, etc but being a beta for your stories sounds way more exciting. danahyne@hotmail(dot)com

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  22. Amanda I would love to be a beta reader for you. I have read the Trylle Trilogy and loved them, and flew through My Blood Approves books. When I finished Wisdom I got the feeling and a hope that there would be more. Sees like you left it open to where you could. I'm 100% Team Jack. Your books have really pulled me in. I also help proof read my boyfriends books before we publish them, I really enjoy it. My email address is marbrat02@live.com

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  23. Hi Amanda,
    I would be interested in proof reading for you.
    I've been checking for the book on Amazon. I read it would be out around Christmas. I am a 50/50 fan. My email address is raceqtrz28@aol.com.

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  24. Hi Amanda
    I'd love to proof read for you :) I'm 100% team Peter and I can't wait for the release. I have no formal editing experience, but would love the opportunity to look over Letters to Elise.
    My email is lauren_pinky@hotmail.com

    Hope to hear from you, Lauren (Australia)

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  25. Hi Amanda,

    If you haven't picked your beta readers would love to do again. Am a 100% Peter fan.

    Rachel

    Email: fiktshun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  26. hi ! i found the trylle series during thanksgiving break, and i fell in love with the series.. i read the first of my blood approves series, and i finished the four books you currently have out in two days.. i'm 'both', and i would love to proof read!
    my email is maggiebania@aol.com
    thank you so much

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  27. If you still need some beta-testers, I will be happy to help. I am a 50/50 fan as I just can not make up my mind. My email is suntenn@yahoo.com.

    Thanks
    Sundance

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  28. Amanda,
    First off let me say, I'm a huge fan, I've read everything you've written! You are truly talented! I'm a huge JACK fan and also consider myself to be very good at editing. I would absolutely love to read Letters to Elise.
    Thank you so much for being so in touch with your fans.

    Debbie (dmbobak@hotmail.com)

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  29. You traumatized me with Peter. I think that I have been bonded with him. lol You wrote him very well, I was definitely drawn to his character. Yes, I am 100% Peter.

    Ok, maybe 90/10. Jack is sweet too. Best wishes with all of your projects. I plan to keep following.

    Beta reading is wonderful. I don't know what I would do without mine. If you find that you need more eyes you can email me at.

    regina.linton@gmail.com

    Congratulations and best wishes.

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  30. If you still need readers I would love to help out. I really love Peter but I think Jack is awesome too. My email is bvest22@hotmail.com. I also love ur Trylle series. I'm rooting for Loki!

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  31. I'm kind of torn between Peter and Jack. At first I thought I would be happy with either one but after Wisdom I'm pulling more for Jack. Its like they need eachother to survive. So with that said I really would love to read anything you put out...my email is stairheavenly1982@gmail.com!

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  32. Im a huge my blood approves fan and id love to be a beta reader. Im a 100% jack fan lol. My email is alliriegger@yahoo.com

    -Allison

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  33. I love Jack! I just started reading your books last week and I love them. I was reading over the older post and saw that you would like to find some proof readers. I would love to do this! My e-mail is kfarrow5194@att.net.

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  34. I Love this book. I love both Jack but Peter every time Alice was with jack id be like 100% then Peter would come and im like 100% him so i choose to be neutral. This is not really a SPOLIER but my favorite part from all the books is the part where Jack and Peter fight about a pillow and it ended up being about a certain somebody i absolutely couldn't stop cracking up and right know writing about it i can barley think straight with laughing so hard. Well back to this book . I thought it was very deep and almost as if i could feel what he felt this is a great book to read while waiting to for the next book in my blood approves to come, and hopefully it is going to , this made me see peter in a more detailed way and i wish a little that Alice choose him, i said a little

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  35. LOVE PETER!!! Would love to help. My email is avon2adopt@hotmail.com...

    PS.. it would be amazing if you wrote a second series with her choosing Peter... don't know if anyone has ever done that??

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  36. Peter all the way! I like jack but I feel like she's outgrowing him... But I have liked Peter from book one, probably because she wasn't even interested sexually with jack in the beginning

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  38. haha typo on last post...anyways, I LOVE PETER and please let me know which one you will choose because a couple of my friends don't even want to finish the series if alice chooses Jack

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  39. I caught wind of the My Blood Approves series just by chance and I'm hooked! I am 100% Team Peter, but understand her connection with Jack. My daughter is totally opposite of me. I guess it's all a matter of perspective. But Peter knows sacrifice, where as Jack is just coming into himself, I think anyway.

    I hope to read more soon!

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  40. Hello I am 100% PETER!!!!! I think beta reading would be cool so...yeah....and I mean I just love who Peter actually was planning on killing himself so Alice could be with Jack...You just made him so.

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