What have I been up to?
What a month! If you're interested in a little bit of an update, continue on, if you want skip to the beta reader info, scroll down to my second header.
I feel like I've really checked off some personal milestones this month. I am also excited about some of the characters I've created lately. I’ve been stretching creatively and it feels damn good.
The first milestone, I have submitted to my first ever anthology called Close to Midnight, which will be released by Flame Tree Publishing. The story is called Paradise and it's the first time I've written a horror story set in a tropical location, and my first attempt at a horror twist in such a short form. Paradise has not been accepted or rejected as of yet, but the submission process was exciting! I pushed to complete the story, get it critiqued, and then submitted in time for the deadline. It was a lot of fun, and I look forward to repeating the process for more anthologies soon.
I've been doing some beta reading this month, checking out the latest in Rob Duder's Amy series. I'm excited to read the reactions Rob receives from his fan base, as this book is a little different from previous instalments. Despite being a bit of a departure, it’s still a fun bloodbath of a romp. In December I have picked up another beta read, a novella from author Rebecca MacFarlane. Despite working on Rob's book first, I snuck in a quick read of the first page of Rebecca's story, and I'm already stoked to dive in. I was hooked from the first paragraph. I have a suspicion that once I'm done this beta read, I'll be picking up her other novella, Dying Season, not long after.
Would you be interested in getting your hands on my stories before they're released to the public? Do you want to have a deep impact on how my stories are created? Maybe want your name to appear in one someday? Or generally just want to help an author get better at his craft? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then becoming a beta reader might be the right move for you.
Was that salesy? Sure, but is it genuine, heck yes.
What does being a beta reader mean? You'll receive an ebooks copy before publication. Sometimes the stories will be post editing and sometimes pre-editing, depending on the story. You'll receive a questionnaire about the story which will help me as I write future stories.
If you’re interested, I already have a novelette ready to go and a short story soon to be posted for beta reading. Both are horror stories and I’m excited to get them in your hands. Sign up as a beta reader for Day 9 here!
That's my news for now! I'm going to get back to writing, and I'll see you next month.