A blog-friend has asked me to read a book.
Okay. I’ve got lots of experience; in fact, I’m reading three of them, right now.
Read Our Manuscript
She wants me to read Her book, Kevin: Murder Beneath The Pines. Our fellow-blogger, the lovely KayJai, has published her third book, and wants me to read and review it. I am honored and willing, if somewhat under-qualified.
This will be the sixth such book that I have read. The first was for an author in Washington. I did a terrible job, because I thought I knew what I was doing – but didn’t. I have read four for BrainRants, who made it a lot easier, and more logical. You can’t put colored pencil marks on a digital copy, so he sent all of his in a Word file with numbered lines.
Don’t ever attempt to do your own proof-reading. Get someone else – preferably three other people. When you read your own work, you will see what your mind expects to see, and errors that might irk readers can sneak through.
This book is not yet Great Literature. She is still on a learning curve. For what it is, the third attempt by a busy lady, it is a delightful little murder mystery, suitable to be discussed at a book club meeting, or a knitting circle. It begins with a Dilbert-like glimpse at office politics, but soon devolves into a look at darkness, not only in the deep, piney woods, but in the hearts and souls of men. Small-town characters have to learn to deal with big-city-type crime, and its after-effects on the survivors.
If you are writing, or thinking of writing a book, and need/want a Beta-reader, I am usually available. My forte is the words, and usage, and construction, and punctuation. I am not so insightful or helpful with plot, story arc or character development, although I often have some opinions.
Well, enough about me. Now it’s your turn – to provide emotional support by returning soon to read my next post.