(BETA) MatchMaker, MatchMaker Make Me A Match!

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Does your manuscript need a final once over before you begin another revision, query, send it to your agent, or editor? Does your manuscript need a pair of fresh eyes? Have you burned all your CP bridges with your million drafts? Do you need to add a Beta-Reader or two to your critique group?

If yes, please get in on the Beta-MatchMaker Extravaganza that will be ongoing in December and January. I know I need to add another Beta and potentially another CP, and I’ve noticed some others out there who do as well. There’s been a lot of contests lately, people finishing NaNo and WIPmo, agent landings, and a whole lotta writers out there who may be new or old to the scene and are looking for someone to trade manuscripts with.

All you have to do is copy and paste the questionnaire below, or email me directly amiallenvath at gmail, or if you’d prefer, request the questionnaire via email by sending your email address using the “Contact” section of my blog, or via @ing or DMing me on Twitter. Then, I’ll send you the questionnaire  and will match you up. I will NOT give your email info out without sending you the other potential match’s info first. If both of you agree to the match-up, THEN I will give out your email info. I ‘ll read each questionnaire thoroughly and will also do some light Nancy Drew sleuthing (Twitter/Google) to make sure your potential match isn’t some crazy alien-bot looking to steal your work and bring it back to her planet. Then you can read off into the sunset, maybe become CPs in the future, and become Twitter Besties.

Please pass this info along since the more interested parties, the better!

Here are the questions to copy and paste, fill out and send to me via the form below or you can send it right to me: amiallenvath at gmail dot com.

I will acknowledge receipt of your questionnaire within 24 hours–if not, please check in with me via Twitter or posting a comment

BETA MATCHMAKER QUESTIONNAIRE

If I find a potential match for you, I will provide you with the other match’s info (sans email addresses) and vice versa. If both of you are interested, I will then pass your contact info along to each other.

Info on Author

Name:

Twitter Handle: @

Any publishing credits?

Industry experience or relevant education?

Agented?

Aspirations with this novel?

What is your genre of choice? 

What categories and genres would prefer to read?

Info on Novel To Be Beta’d

Category:

Genre:

Word Count:

How many beta readers are you looking for?

Are you ready to beta read now? If not, how soon? 

Do you need a beta reader now? If not, when?

Once you send your reader your ms, what kind of turn-around time would you prefer?

What kind of turn-around time can you provide?

Are you prepared to read the novel straight through, in a timely manner, and provide the author with notes related to plot, character, voice, etc.?

Can you provide notes, comments, insights, suggestions that are critical, yet constructive? In other words, can you handle being honest, but without being mean?

Can you handle someone’s opinions, subjective or factual, about your work if they are negative and not all “applause, applause?”

When you read is there any subject matter that makes you uncomfortable or bores the crap out of you? (i.e. swearing, sex in YA, drugs, Catholicism, gluten, blue aliens)

Use this space to give more info on your book that will help your potential match to want to Beta up: (fake example: my book is about a  17 y/o girl who loves cocaine, other girls, and saying and doing the F word).

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You’re SO Much Better Than Me. #WIPmo check-in! Beta Reader Match-Up anyone?

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November is Over. Cue Rocky victory jam, if you please.

A part of me wishes I would’ve pushed more, found more time, read less books, CPd, less, edited and revised less, but not so much. Not enough to make me feel THAT bad about not having the WIP of my dreams in the shape I’d LOVE for it to be in, now that it’s December 1. Oh well, I still got a lot done this month–A LOT–and I bet you did too. You completed a novel, wrote the query and synopsis, read three books in your genre of choice, kept your house sparkly–bed made, toilets shined, showered everyday, played with your kids as much as they wanted you to, kept on top of all homework, made amazing dinners every night complete with leafy greens, started holiday shopping, had sex w/your significant other or yourself five times a week, went to the gym every day but twice, kept your eyebrows groomed, and held crying babies at the local church nursery, right? If you did, that’s amazing–please drop your robot battery off at my house so I can try it for a week. When it comes down to it, it seems that everyone put in extra work this month in some way. Everyone who was editing, revising, NaNoing, WIPmoing worked hard. For that, I crank up the Queen (We Are The Champions, of course), tip my hat, and pull the lever that releases tiny book, and He-Man & She-Ra confetti. Yaaaaaaaay! 

What did you get done this month? Share your November writing progress in the comments.

P.S. I’m thinking of doing a Beta Reader Match-Up for December and/or January. (maybe on-going?) Not line by line critiques, just a search for like-minded turn-around times, straight read throughs and feedback on plot, character, voice, first pages, etc. It would be helpful for writers (agented and non-agented) who’ve may’ve already run their manuscript through a bunch of CPs, need fresh eyes, don’t have betas, are stuck on draft two and aren’t sure what’s working or not, or just need some feedback to push them into the next revision. I’d have a questionaire you’d fill out (things like: What do you hate to read? Does the word F*ck make you cringe, want sexy time scenes? Looking for a good MG or NA? Want an agented and an unagented beta? Want one reader or five? Looking for long term?) …and then I’d match you with beta(s) depending on the type of reader(s) you’re looking for.

Let me know what you think!  ; )

Yours Truly,

Ami