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I have a beta-reading job for anyone who wants it.
Ys
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2000 words, possibly a prologue to the novel I've been talking about writing for years.

The thing I'm most worried about is how convincingly it sounds (or doesn't sound) like it's from the POV of an eleven year-old boy in the twelfth century. Not that high-level historical detail has come into this yet, but I'd at least like somebody to take a look at it and tell me if it's removed enough from what an eleven year-old boy of similar intelligence today sounds like. Henceforth, it wouldn't be an issue; the first chapter would, tentatively, pick up four or five years later, and he's grown up a lot by then. His "adult" voice is better formed in my head than his childhood one. What I'm wondering is if I need to bump him back to nine or ten in the prologue. Hmmm.

ETA: This is getting so many responses that I've decided to sort through the volunteers later, shuffle your names up, and send it out to three or four of you at random! Does that sound fair?

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Heh, well, the first chapter of my thesis is on, more or less, adolescence (admittedly of the late middle ages), so I'd be happy to take a gander. Can't promise very extensive feedback though, so you may want to go with someone with more brainspace! :)

Seven responses and counting, wow - what I'm going to do, I've decided, is wait until people stop chiming in, shuffle your names, and send it off to three or four at random :)


If you don't mind a bit of a wait time, sure. (Semester ends in something around 3 weeks, and I have 3 papers due in that period, two in the next week.) Can't say I'd be able to help with any historical detail, but I'm usually good at editing other people's work.

Drop me an email, if you like. srmaclinATgmaildotcom.

Seven responses and counting, wow - what I'm going to do, I've decided, is wait until people stop chiming in, shuffle your names, and send it off to three or four at random :)

I'm around eleven-year-old boys a fair bit, so if you need a strictly "how do boys sound" critic, I don't mind taking a look.

Seven responses and counting, wow - what I'm going to do, I've decided, is wait until people stop chiming in, shuffle your names, and send it off to three or four at random :)

I've always loved historical fiction and can have a fair idea of kids in the middle ages so if you want to shoot it my way, either my username at hotmail or wordofwyrd at yahoo/gmail :)

Seven responses and counting, wow - what I'm going to do, I've decided, is wait until people stop chiming in, shuffle your names, and send it off to three or four at random :)

My area of expertise is a bit later, but I'm happy to give it a read if you still need someone and aren't in too much of a hurry (I'm frantically flailing about, trying to finish my dissertation in time to defend in June).

Seven responses and counting, wow - what I'm going to do, I've decided, is wait until people stop chiming in, shuffle your names, and send it off to three or four at random :)

Oooh! I'm writing a research paper on medieval ideas of childhood and parenthood in accounts of the Children's Crusade right now. Sounds really interesting! Let me know if you need any help.

Seven responses and counting, wow - what I'm going to do, I've decided, is wait until people stop chiming in, shuffle your names, and send it off to three or four at random :)

[You will be a likely intentional target, though, given your current research!]

Hello! I am about to submit my PhD thesis on fatherhood, so I thought I'd say howdy, as your paper sounds interesting!

Hello! Your thesis sounds interesting, too! I'd love to hear more about it.

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You may remember the chat we had, like, three or four years ago on the subject/plot of my would-be novel. This is it :) I had saved that chat, actually, but when I went looking for it on my hard drive this morning, I couldn't find it.

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I'm so happy you started working on it! I've been thinking about this story since you showed me that poem! Since I'm not much help in the beta department, I'll just sit in a corner hoping that maybe you'll post some snippets sometime, and hold my fingers crossed so you finish it soon-ish.

I've emailed you what I've got so far! And, oh, the poem, "Journeying," is out now in Issue 20 of Mythic Delirium! I'm very happy about that.

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