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#864902 - 05/27/14 10:12 AM Writing a Sci-Fi Novel
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One of the items on my year-goals list is to publish my sci-fi novel. It's done. The issue is that some of my beta readers felt it was too much like my medieval novels, but set in space. I suppose I like my medieval novels so to me that's a win smile. But I'm trying to figure this out.

If anybody's willing to take a look at it, let me know and I'll send it along. It's an adventure-romance in the genre of Star Trek. A group of intrepid explorers looking to surmount challenges.
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#864908 - 05/27/14 11:12 AM Post Here to FIND or BE a beta reader of fiction!
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Beta readers are well-read in their genres and give detailed reader feedback to a writer BEFORE a piece of fiction is submitted to agent or editor, or self-published. Typically they receive an electronic copy of the manuscript (which should be a complete first draft that is as smooth and polished as the writer can manage on his or her own), and they email back a detailed reaction/comments. The writer gets invaluable feedback, and the beta reader gets a free read and the satisfaction of being deeply influential in a writer's publishing process.

See my collected articles on beta readers for more info.

And please feel free to post here if you would like to FIND a beta reader or BE a beta reader. You can then private-message each other through the forum to work out the details.
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#864909 - 05/27/14 11:16 AM Re: Writing a Sci-Fi Novel [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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This sounds very appealing. You've also given me an idea about posting a thread for beta readers and authors to find each other. Let me try to do a merge of this topic with that one.
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#864910 - 05/27/14 11:24 AM Re: Writing a Sci-Fi Novel [Re: Val FictionWrit/RomanceBk]
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Val -

I'm not sure if it would be easy to manage if all requests for readers were in one large thread - it'd be hard to keep track of who asked for what book and who was responded to. And the feedback. Just a thought smile. On GoodReads each beta-reading-book thread is its own separate entity for that reason.
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#864915 - 05/27/14 11:39 AM Re: Writing a Sci-Fi Novel [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Hmmm, I see what you mean. And I may have acted too impulsively in that I don't see a way to unmerge your thread and put it back! Hmmm. Let me leave it here for now (no other choice) and look into how they do it on Goodreads.
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#865753 - 06/05/14 10:54 PM Re: Writing a Sci-Fi Novel [Re: Val FictionWrit/RomanceBk]
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I've tweaked a new cover for my upcoming SciFi novel, Aquarian Awakenings. I'd love any feedback on it! And the book is ready for beta readers. It's about 300 pages. No explicit language / sexual content. Let me know if you're interested in taking a look! Even just a review of the first few chapters would be quite helpful.

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#865757 - 06/06/14 02:16 AM Re: Writing a Sci-Fi Novel [Re: Val FictionWrit/RomanceBk]
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Wow! Love the cover. I'll take a peak if you like. I'd love to be a beta reader. It's stretching my genre muscles.

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#866596 - 06/13/14 03:53 PM Re: Writing a Sci-Fi Novel [Re: Val FictionWrit/RomanceBk]
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Jana - sure thing! What format would you like?

Trying a new font for my Aquarian Awakenings novel. Suggestions? Still seeking beta-readers. #sciencefictionromance

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#866602 - 06/13/14 04:10 PM Re: Writing a Sci-Fi Novel [Re: Val FictionWrit/RomanceBk]
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My unvarnished opinion is the cover looks amateurish. Sorry. frown

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#866604 - 06/13/14 04:19 PM Re: Writing a Sci-Fi Novel [Re: Val FictionWrit/RomanceBk]
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Dear Jilly -

The original cover design was going to look like this -



So hopefully at least I'm moving in the right direction smile. I liked the original but it felt more like a horoscope book to me.
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