Beta Readers Needed for The Awakened! Apply Now!

Hello everyone!

For those of you who have been in the dark, page or not paying attention, or don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I just finished writing the very first draft of my novel, The Awakened.

I’m SO very excited about this. I started writing it in October, wrote a TON of words during NaNo in November, and then sort of had to push myself through the rest of it, and finished it roughly a week ago. I finished it at about 4 am and literally burst into tears because I was so happy and relieved to get those last words on the page.

But now comes the fun part. I’m ready to share this with the world but that’s not quite how it works. There’s a lot of work to be done, and I’m going to need your help with that.

Right now, I’m working on edits for The Awakened with the help of my cousin, Gina, who is a rock star, and my new writer bestie haha, Casey, who is going to help me get my butt into gear. We are all kind of working to get The Awakened into good shape. It’ll hopefully not take too long and that’s when I’ll need you!

In about mid-July, I’m going to be sending out emails to about five or six beta readers, to read and review and provide some good quality feedback on The Awakened.

I’m hoping to give the beta readers a good 2-3 weeks to read and provide feedback on the novel for me. After that, its more edits and then querying for an agent. AGH!

Now, there are SO many of you who have expressed interest in reading my novel and I honestly wish I could send it out to every single one of you who are interested. I do. But I just can’t. I can’t trust my novel in the hands of so many, before I get the chance to finally publish it. I need trustworthy people, people who provide good, quality feedback, and in a timely manner, as well.

Here is the synopsis for it, for those of you who don’t know what The Awakened is about:

Zoey Valentine is living a normal life in New York City. She reads, goes to baseball games with her dad, goes dancing with her best friend Madison and avoiding the bane of her existence and her next door neighbor, Ash. Then the virus hits, wiping out a third of the population. Everyone is scared, but it only gets worse when the bodies start disappearing and reappearing as the awakened. They’re like zombies, but smarter, quicker, meaner, and they are only focused on one thing: their hunger for human flesh. Now Zoey is on the run, away from New York City, hoping to find a place of safety, away from the virus and away from the monsters that are chasing her. 

This application will require a little bit of work. If you can’t handle the small bit of work that it requires, then you most definitely can’t handle the moderate amount of work I’ll need for you as a beta reader.

But there are perks. You get to read the novel before anyone else. You’ll be in the acknowledgement section in the future, when it comes a real book. So there’s that. I need people who are legitimately going to help me out, put in the work and help me make this book the best. I know that you guys want to read the book and I LOVE that. Seriously, it makes me so incredibly happy. I hope that day will come very soon for you.

This application will require a little bit of work. If you can’t handle the small bit of work that it requires, then you most definitely can’t handle the moderate amount of work I’ll need for you as a beta reader.

But there are perks. You get to read the novel before anyone else. You’ll be in the acknowledgement section in the future, when it comes a real book. So there’s that. I need people who are legitimately going to help me out, put in the work and help me make this book the best. I know that you guys want to read the book and I LOVE that. Seriously, it makes me so incredibly happy. I hope that day will come very soon for you.

 That being said: here is how to apply!

You must sent it to whatanerdgirlsays [at] gmail [dot] com or through the contact form on this blog.

It must be sent in by June 30th, 2014. No ifs, ands or buts.

Information Needed:

1. Your Name. I need a full name. I don’t to know you as twilightfan27. I need a full name. If you’re not comfortable sharing your full name, then its not for you.

2. An email address. One that I can reach you at easily.

3. Why you want to read The Awakened.

4. Why you SHOULD be a beta reader for The Awakened.

5. Two Options Here: 

If you have a blog, please send me links to two or three book reviews you’ve written in the past

or

Write me two to three reviews on books you’ve read.

6. The link to your GoodReads page, if you have one.

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Remember, please get this in by June 30th!

Readers will be chosen in early July, and will be sent rules, and all instructions in mid-July before I send them PDFs of the novel.

Thank you all so much. Don’t forget to follow me on instagram so that you can check out all the sneak peeks I post on there!

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