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.