I've decided I would like a fresh pair of eyes or two on my manuscript. So I'm looking for a partner or two to do some critiquing. Probably start with sharing a couple of chapters, just to make sure we're good fits, before going onto a full swap.
Who I'm looking for: My book is science fantasy (query at the bottom), so I'd really like someone who reads fantasy or sci-fi. I can in theory read anything, but let's be honest, I'm not going to be particularly useful for something like romance. My reading habits only very rarely stray from the fantasy/sci-fi shelf. So the farther your book strays from those, just know that while I will give it my best shot, my familiarity with the tropes of other genres might be lacking and my interest not as high. If I have multiple people contact me, I also will give precedence to people who have been giving useful critiques on this site.
What I'm offering: I've critiqued a couple manuscripts before. Basically, I go through and annotate my thoughts as I go. "I'm confused." "I think this will happen." "I like this character." "I don't like this character." "This sentence sounded awkward." "This made me laugh." You get the idea. I'm basically offering a snapshot of how one reader is reacting to different aspects of your book, big picture and more nitty-gritty, positive and negative. I also will help out with spelling and grammar if I see them, even if you're not asking for it, because I just can't let those sorts of things sit by if I see them.
What I'm looking for: Ideally, I'd love someone to do the same with my book what I'm offering for them. I want to know unbiased reactions, is this working, is this not.
When I want this: I don't have a strict timeline, but I'm hoping to have the feedback within a couple of months, and I will do the same for yours.
If you are interested, post here or PM me, and we'll see how it goes.
Lara Kavarin can pilot a ship through the void between the worlds, salvage lost artifacts from ancient ruins, and put her life on the line for her friends. Stopping an affable renegade from destroying the worlds isn’t exactly within her line of work.
Too bad that’s what she needs to do.
Travel between worlds requires two things: a ship that can sail the nil-matter of the void, and the innate ability to pilot it. Lara’s got both. With her close-knit crew, she keeps her head down exploring remote worlds. Then the power-hungry Coalition comes to Lara for help saving those worlds from their own mess.
One of their captains, Amerlaine Silver, has turned on the Coalition. She’s slaughtered the pilots who could give chase and plans to take down the Coalition by any means necessary—even if that means massacring innocents in the process. Lara’s the only pilot left who can stop her. And if Lara doesn’t, Amerlaine will use a newly-discovered device to open the void, unleashing terrors and destroying worlds.
In a mission like this, Lara is outmatched in experience and resources. She’s afraid of the risk to herself and her friends, but terrified of what failure would mean for everyone. As an experienced traveler of the void, she knows firsthand what horrors will be freed: unkillable eldritch monsters and time warps locking victims in perpetual loops. Despite her fear, Lara can’t allow the worlds to end that way.
If she doesn’t save them, no one will.
OUROBOROS is a 104,000-word science fantasy. Thank you for your time and consideration.