Friday, February 8, 2013

I Have a Request for You

In case you didn't see the update I made to my last post, that editor liked what I sent and asked for the full ms. Maybe I finally found a home for MY SUNNY VAMPIRE (and my other vampire stories). That would be nice. But even if it doesn't work out, my book will be published. I'd just prefer not to do all the work.

I'm still slugging away at BITE ME, I'M YOURS. Those last twenty pages are a struggle for some strange reason. I've come to realize that I had failed to have my characters react appropriately to what was happening to them, or I had way too much stuff going on when it should have been happening fast so they don't have any time to think!

Changing the ending isn't making the job any easier, either. But I'm certain once I'm finished, this book will be a thousand times better than it was before I started this revision project. Practice and classes really do help!

Anyway, that's where my request comes in. I need readers for BITE ME, I'M YOURS. You don't have to be a writer, but you should enjoy reading paranormal romance (if you want to know more about the book, see the tab, above).

I can't send a paper copy (too expensive), so if you don't mind reading on your computer and you WANT to read it, I would appreciate the help. I only ask that you don't take forever (no more than 2 weeks), you answer a few questions regarding the story, and that you delete the story when finished.

This request is only for my followers (since I kind of, sort of know you) or anyone I physically know (but is not necessarily following my blog) and I'm only looking for a few readers. I don't want to have to worry about someone I don't know, you know?

Anyway, if you are interested, please e-mail me at semckitrick(at)aol(dot)com. Put BETA READER in the subject line.

Since I'm not finished revising my story yet, you have time to think about it. I thought about going to one of my many writer groups and asking, but let's face it – writers are busy writing. So I thought I would ask here. Not that you're not a writer (I know many of you are), but non-writers are important, too. Seriously, I'll take anyone who loves to read. I need feedback – good or bad. And that's what I'm looking for.

The great thing about this request is that you don't have to feel bad if you don't want to do it. So if you're even hesitating, then don't do it. But if you enjoy reading something new, or want to be part of a writing project, well, here's your chance.

Of course, all this will be moot if a miracle happens and I sell MY SUNNY VAMPIRE and they also want BITE ME, I'M YOURS (before I'm even finished). Wouldn't that be a hoot?

Here's to a fun weekend! And if you're caught in the blizzard of the year (or whatever they're calling that storm), I feel for you. Hunker down, bundle up, and drink plenty of hot chocolate (spiked or not). J I'm sure someone will dig you out eventually!



LD Masterson said...

Stacy, reach out to Kim. (She's a follower although she doesn't blog much.) Paranormal romance, especially vampires, is her first love. I'm afraid for me, not so much.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Linda - Thanks. I'll go looking to see if I have her e-mail and direct her to this blog. I miss her at the meetings!

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

Actually Mom grumpy wizard/detectives are my first love (Harry Dresden). You are right though I do enjoy the genre.
Stacy I am happy to help...I miss the meetings because of my current work schedule but this feels like a great way to stay somewhat involved with the group.
Maybe someday soon I can ask you to return the favor!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Kimber - Thank you for helping. I really appreciate it. However, I need you to e-mail me (semckitrick(at)aol(dot)com). Your comment came to me as a no-reply recipient, so I can't contact you personally.

James Garcia Jr. said...

Hello, Stacy. Good luck with those projects. I've been looking for some betas, as well, but as you rightly point out - we writers are always juggling projects with precious little time to assist others. I hope you find someone, or, better yet, sell those babies!! I totally agree. It really would be so much better if we had help in this publishing game. Being writer, publisher and publicist all in one is way too much like work!
Take care, my friend. *waves*


Stacy McKitrick said...

Hi, Jimmy. It's so nice to see you out and about!

I've got two readers so far, that's if Kim *cough* *cough* sends me her e-mail address. :)

The Happy Whisk said...

I really believe practice, practice, practice.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Me too, Ivy! But it's better when the practice is FUN! I liked playing the piano, but hated practicing. Same with the clarinet. Probably why I don't play either now. Didn't like it enough. Not true with writing. YAY!