Well, okay, I’m using “date” in the sense of “I’ll read your manuscript and let you know what I think of it.”
See, recently I have gotten several manuscripts as a beta reader, and I have found that I really enjoy reading and workshopping fiction.
So, I figure that since I have a number of other authors who read this blog, I’d just go ahead and put up a page specifically for people who are looking for a beta reader for their book.
So there’s a form over there for you to put in your name and e-mail address and a brief description of your book, and if it looks like something I want to check out, I’ll contact you.
Now, be advised, I make no claims to being an editor, and all I am offering is my opinion as a reader of fiction. Think of me as a very tiny focus group. I may give notes, if things occur to me, and I will try to give every book my full attention. So if I already have a couple of manuscripts to read, I might not be able to read yours for a while.
Also be advised that I am looking for fiction, and that I tend to prefer speculative fiction. There are a lot of really good books out there that have an audience that doesn’t include me, and yours might be one of them.
All I can promise, really, is my honest opinion. I try not to be unkind, but if I don’t like something, I’ll say I don’t like it. If possible, I’ll tell you why. Sometimes, though, something just isn’t to my taste and I can’t really explain why.
Why am I doing this? Well, mostly because I am looking for things to read and I enjoy seeing works in progress. I have read some really excellent work from new writers lately and it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside to be able to offer constructive feedback.
I am not a substitute for getting a real editor, I don’t charge money, and I can’t give you a referral to any agents or publishers. So I can’t really help you get published–all I can do is offer my personal opinion about if it’s ready to publish, and I urge you to take that as nothing more than one man’s opinion.