I’m seeking beta readers for my new book. The working title is The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Wizards.
The plot takes up where Bernie and the Putty left off. You will recall that Bernie has a new job with The Business. He is now a Troubleshooter and his task is to ‘fix broken universes.’
Bernie’s first assignment is a world created by the gods to produce a rare spice that the gods enjoy. But for some reason, the farmers on that world have stopped producing it. Bernie must investigate, determine the problem, and fix it before his boss, Shemal, decides it would be easier to start over by destroying the farming species and repopulating the planet with a more efficient species.
WHAT DOES A ‘BETA BOOK’ MEAN?
A beta book means it’s not ready to be published. I’m looking for input on the plot, the characters, and everything else. I want to know what you think. If you find things you don’t like, then I’ll do everything I can to make the book better.
A beta book has not been professionally edited, so you will find minor mistakes (typos, missing words, etc.). After I incorporate your suggestions, that’s when I’ll submit it to a professional editor for final proofing.
The book will be available in the standard ebook formats (.mobi, .epub, .pdf).
WHAT DOES A BETA READER NEED TO DO?
There are lots of things I want the book to do, and that’s why I need your feedback. I want readers to:
- like the characters
- ponder big questions
- not want to put the book down
- love the ending
- tell their friends about the book
- and more
To do this, I need your help to:
- Find characters that are not engaging so I can strengthen or remove them.
- Identify anything that’s confusing (confusing chapters, paragraphs, or even dialog).
- Evaluate subplots. Just like in Bernie and the Putty, there are quite a few. If you think they’re unnecessary or are not adequately resolved, help me identify them so they can be enhanced or removed.
- Provide feedback on the ending. Can you think of a better one? Was the book satisfying? Does it make you interested in reading more in the series? Will you tell your friends about it?
You don’t have to worry about typos, misspellings, missing words, or anything like that. My editor will take care of all of those things.
To collect your feedback, I’ll create an online form. I also hope to conduct personal phone calls with some of you.
HOW WILL BETA READERS BE SELECTED?
I’m thrilled with all the people who said they are interested in being beta readers. This is what we’re looking for to complete our selection:
- Beta readers will be selected from those who’ve signed up online. (See “IF INTERESTED…” below.)
- Readers must have read the first book, Bernie and the Putty.
- Readers must have completed at least one online review. (I will select people who gave the book four or more stars. Why? I don’t think it makes sense to ask for input from someone who didn’t like the book. I can’t please everyone. My goal is to please the people who enjoyed the first book.)
- Readers must agree to provide feedback within forty days of receiving the book. To give you an idea, Bernie and the Wizards is 92k words; Bernie and the Putty was a little longer at 112k words.
- Readers must agree to post a written review of the book shortly after it’s published. (See REVIEWS NEEDED below.) If you’re interested in being a beta reader, but haven’t yet posted a review of Bernie and the Putty, it’s not too late. These are places where you can post: places to post reviews.
I’ll create an online form for your feedback. With your permission, I’ll also set up a phone appointment so I can speak personally with you about the book. That will help me get into subjects that can’t easily be captured by online forms. (I understand this may not be possible or practical for some.)
When the book is published, I’ll need as many reviews as I can get. I’m counting on my beta readers to provide the first reviews.
On the day the book is published, I’ll send each of you a free copy of the ebook. I’ll then ask you to publish your review on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites. I’ll also draw from your reviews by taking excerpts to use in promotional materials.
For each reviewer, as my way of thanking you for your help, I’ll send a signed print copy of the new book.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.
If you’re still interested in being a beta reader, let me know. I promise to take your input seriously and do everything I can to make the book the best it can be.