When I typed the title of this blog, I pictured myself peering hesitantly into an expansive room, trying to catch the eye of one of the many big wigs huddled in the corner discussing world peace or an earth-shattering scientific break through. In other words, I’m pretty shy about asking total strangers to read my manuscript. This will be the first time anyone else has laid eyes on a story that’s very near and dear to my heart, and while I’ve only been writing the piece for about a year and a half, the plot is something that’s grown out of a turmoil I’ve been experiencing for nearly fifteen years.
Plus, I’m still pretty new to this whole “networking” side of writing. And to be completely honest, until almost a year ago, I had no idea what a beta reader was. A few years ago, I self-published two novels without getting the opinion of any strangers (although I did have a friend and family member proofread – go me)! But this time, I’d like to do things differently, especially considering that I plan on pursuing traditional publishing with this manuscript. And while I know this is the “right” next step, it’s still pretty intimidating. Part of me still feels like that little girl in art class displaying her stick-figure crayon drawing next to a Monet. Or of a karaoke singer trying to share the stage with Adele. (Insert frightened emoji here).
I just finished the second draft of my work in progress, a novel called The Month of May, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to see if any of my followers were interested in beta reading for me.
The story is about a twenty-six-year-old woman named Ella who unexpectedly inherits her grandparents’ house. At first, her plan is to sell the property as quickly as possible. While her childhood memories of the place are happy ones, they are overshadowed by two painful losses she had to endure as her college years were drawing to a close. But when Ella starts to sort through her grandparents’ belongings, she is overwhelmed with a sense of family and personal history she can’t quite part with, and doesn’t know how to proceed. As Ella struggles to wade through her pain, she realizes that she has to face her past before she can move forward with her future.
And if I still have your attention and you want to beta read, let me know! (And thank you, thank you, thank you! You’re making me feel like one of the singers on American Idol who gets a pass to Hollywood).
Please note: In the (un?)likely event that I get multiple people interested, I am only going to take on one or two readers ATM. This process is still very new to me so I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many opinions at first.