Kodiak the Rewrite Part 3: Test Readers Wanted

After about three months of non-stop editing, rewriting and even more editing, I’ve reached a point where I’m ready to write a final draft before finding a professional editor to help me polish it.

Before I do that, I need fresh eye’s, people who can view the story objectively; who haven’t stared at these words over and over and over… and over, for months… years, actually.

I thought I’d throw out a question to you all and see if anyone would be interested in being a test reader.  What do I mean by that?

What I’m looking for: is not a Beta. You do not have to be good at grammar. You do not have to edit anything, and you do not need to be profound and insightful.

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What I want is an average reader; someone who’ll read my manuscript and give me feedback. Feedback like:

  • What you liked and what you didn’t like.
  • Could you connect with the main characters?
  • Did you care about the side characters?
  • Did the characters feel well rounded or did they feel flat and one dimensional?
  • Was there a character/characters you felt got too much room in the story, or were there characters that felt underused?
  • Was the plot interesting?
  • How was the pacing, was it too slow or too fast?
  • Did all chapters feel relevant or did I stretch something out too much?
  • And anything else you think of while reading…

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You don’t have to write an essay, but maybe a few notes in the margins and some thoughts at the end. I’m not putting any restrictions on who the test readers can be, although I would love to get a diverse group of individuals. What I need is people who are willing to read with an open mind and who are willing to actually give me some good feedback or constructive criticism.

As for turn-around-time, I need people who can read and get back to me with their feedback in 4-6 weeks from receiving the story.

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What I’m not looking for, is a test reader who’ll say or do one of the following:

  • It was good, bye – As I said, I don’t need an essay, but don’t volunteer only to read the story early or because you’re curious. You have to be willing to give me a little more than that.
  • It sucked, bye – Give me constructive criticism, I can take it, but again, I’ll need more than that and I would prefer a little more eloquence.
  • I found x number of grammar or spelling mistakes – I know, this is only the second draft, it’s not finished.
  • Nice story, but I prefer the fan fic version – Yeah, so, it’s fine if you do, I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my fandom work. But, putting my original writing out there for people to see is scary, really scary, I don’t need to hear that you prefer my fandom work. If you can’t read this with an open mind, you’re not what I’m looking for.
  • Where’s the porn? – There’s no “on-screen action” in this story and very few exposed dangly bits. That’s how I like it, that will not change, no matter what anyone says.
  • What are you paying? – I’m not.

Finally, and it goes without saying, you’ll keep the manuscript for yourself and won’t spread it or share it with anyone. Any public gushing or cheering is, of course, lovely, but don’t spoil my story, please.  

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I haven’t decided on a max number of test readers, right now I’ll be happy if anyone volunteers. If by some miracle, I somehow hit over 20-30 volunteers I’ll stop there, but that seems unlikely.

So, yeah, if you’re interested and it’s something you’d like to do, leave me a comment on this post or you can contact me directly at msfwrites@gmail.com

So, what do you think, are you my new test reader?

Ms. F

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15 thoughts on “Kodiak the Rewrite Part 3: Test Readers Wanted

  1. I have lived all of your fan works and would love to be a test reader. I would do my best to give you constructive feedback based on your questions. Xx

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    1. Hi Gemma,

      Fantastic, thank you so much!

      I’m adding you to my list; I’ll send out an e-mail with the story and some information in a few day’s time. If you would like me to send it to another address than the one I see in this message, please let me know.
      Thank you!

      Fredrika

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  2. I would absolutely love to be a test reader for you. I absolutely loved the fanfic version of Kodiak, and ever since I found out that you were rewriting it as original fiction I’ve been dying to read it. I think you are a very talented writer and I would love to help you out with this. xxx

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    1. Hi Sammi,

      Fantastic, thank you so much!

      I’m adding you to my list; I’ll send out an e-mail with the story and some information. If you would like me to send it to another address than the one I see in this message, please let me know.
      Thank you!

      Fredrika

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    1. Hi Kara,

      Fantastic, thank you so much!

      I’m adding you to my list; I’ll send out an e-mail with the story and some information. If you would like me to send it to another address than the one I see in this message, please let me know.
      Thank you!

      Fredrika

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    1. Hi Judy,

      Wonderful, thank you so much!

      I’ll add you to my list; I’ll send out an e-mail with the story and some information. If you would like me to send it to another address than the one I see in this message, please let me know.
      Thank you!

      Fredrika

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    1. Hi Karen,

      Wonderful, thank you so much!

      I’ll add you to my list; I’ll send out an e-mail with the story and some information. If you would like me to send it to another address than the one I see in this message, please let me know.

      Thank you!

      Fredrika

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  3. Hi dear author, I love your stories and I would love to be a test reader for your story. I will be in love with your stories as long as I live. I fell in love with your writing when I read JADE and CORAL. JADE swept me of my feet and KODIAK slayed me. I love all your stories. Your latest story PHOENIX is absolutely wonderful . We can never thank you enough for kindly sharing your amazing talent with us. It would be my honor and pleasure to be a test reader for any story you write.

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you so much for your offer, I appreciate it so very much. But I got a swift response on this post, and I am now starting to receive feedback from my test readers. I’ve already begun a new draft, and I won’t be sending out the story to new test readers right now.

      I’ll save your contact information, and if I do a new round of test reading, I’ll keep you in mind and take you up on your kind offer.

      Again, I appreciate the offer very much.

      Thank you

      Ms. F

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      1. Hi,
        Thank you for replying. I understand, its fine . I am available whenever you need a test reader. I know I came late to the party as I was not following your blog. Wish you all the best for your story. You are a brilliant writer and you have the ability to make the story powerfully descriptive as well as intensely emotional. You describe everything vividly and beautifully – nature, human beings, animals , situations and emotions. I really love the energetic, colorful people and the outdoor settings of your stories. I am sure you will be successful as an original fiction writer as you have every quality to be one.
        K.M

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