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Old 03-27-2016, 06:49 AM
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Ok, so LaDonte here, and I've just finished my first novel. I've been working on it fro the better part of two & a half years. I'm proud of how far its come, but I feel that I need some fresh, and honest eyes (we all know how asking family and friends for reviews go).

My novel is called The Family: The Brotherhood, and the synopsis is as follows.

Levana is home to countless gangs, but there are two that hold the most power: The Family and The Brotherhood. The Family, headed by Leone King, though borne of good intentions to unite fractured communities spawns the creation of The Brotherhood, the cruelest gang Levana has ever seen. Headed by Nicholas Black, The Brotherhood do what they want, when they want, with little opposition apart from The Family. Two young men who were once the best of friends, are pitted against one another in a cat-and-mouse game of survival. Lines will be crossed, loyalties tested and lives lost. When all is said and done, who will be left standing?

If interested, don't be shy, you can pm me. Thanks!

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Old 03-27-2016, 08:15 AM
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Undulatin' my way through Miller's Tropic of Cancer.

You familiar with his work?
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:25 AM
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Ho dontemm.

I agree with the idea of other eyes needed for feedback. And to try and parcel out a novel in acceptable word count units will put you in the Rubber Room.

I tried to connect with another writer to do a Beta Read trade. Finally gave up. Then I tried to interest a small group of members whose feedback had demonstrated them as serious writers. I was about to give up when I made a connection.

Me and the other member of WB just finished reads of our work. I dan't speak for the other person, but his feedback helped me in a rewrite and I love the result. I'm about to begin another Beta Trade with a different WB member.

Part of the problem is that there aren't many members working on long projects. But if you want to fish WB for a Beta Read, don't expect anyone to jump at it. You have to ask. Paying attention to the quality of each members feedback to others will give you a short list. Then PM them and see if you can arrange a trade.

I also did a research project on the net. My search words were "Finding Beta Readers". I learned a lot. The nature of Beta Readers. Types of reads. How to set up the agreement justly. and more. I'd suggest you do this search.

Word count of your novel is important as it can be translated into an estimate of time a person needs to read your work.

During my Beta Read search I also learned there are Beta Readers who charge, sometimes a lot of money. I learned the difference between Coaching and Beta Reads. There are also Writing Support groups with more members than WB working on major writing projects. One huge site is Writingforums.org

Good luck to you.

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Old 03-27-2016, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Nick Pierce View Post
Undulatin' my way through Miller's Tropic of Cancer.



You familiar with his work?


You'll have to finish that one and move on to Naked Lunch.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:57 AM
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You'll have to finish that one and move on to Naked Lunch.

Did that one in the early seventies.

Continue to learn more and more of Bill.

Quite a life story he has.
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:03 AM
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"A psychotic is a guy who just found out what's going on"

Yeah, Bill again.
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:11 AM
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Nick, about your current avatar ...

Yeah, Mr. Pierce, thats old Seward shootin' off something other than his mouth.

I figure he's in Kansas judgin' by his age and the terrain.

I do note that he is wearin' good ear protection even though he is outside.

Wonderin' if he's bangin' magnum.


Nick, I ...


Know how you feel, Pierce.
That fellows' antics have often left me at a loss for words.
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