A few years ago, I answered a call for beta readers. A beta reader is someone who will read a novel’s early, barely edited final draft and provide feedback on everything from plot and character arcs to grammar and spelling. Betas often do continuity checks, as well, to do things like make sure a character with black hair in chapter 1 doesn’t suddenly turn ginger in chapter 10 without a visit from Miss Clairol.
The tale was cleverly done, and it held my interest. Sure, it had a few gaffes. At that stage, no story is perfect, but it was very well-constructed. I’ve been waiting for the final, published version since then.
AltWit Press will be releasing it on April 21, and I’m very curious to see how editing improved an already stellar story (all puns intended).
Here’s a blurb:
A simple diplomatic mission becomes a life and death struggle that could plunge the entire galaxy into a war… When an alien ship lands unexpectedly in the middle of her clan’s territory, Bast is sent to investigate as part of her scout trial. After an accident, she meets these new visitors. She and her senior scout Rrrark are invited to return with the aliens to their home planet to open diplomatic relations. What started out as a simple mission becomes complicated when they discover a pirate scheme that might be more than it seems. Are Bast, Rrrark, and two of the aliens called Psygens capable of stopping the pirates?
Watch this space. When it releases, I’ll shout it out to the world!