Author Topic: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative  (Read 6362 times)  

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Dev Beta Read *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #50 on: May 19, 2018, 05:03:29 PM »
I'm at the nebula conference! Just caught data guy's presentation. I had a hunch that there was room in the military fantasy market. Lo and behold, the numbers say that's one place where indies are still underrepresented. Well off to watch the awards! Excited, but also tired.

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #51 on: May 28, 2018, 05:26:41 AM »
June is full, but I've got two openings in July and three in August.

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #52 on: June 07, 2018, 08:57:23 AM »
Still thinking about the Nebula conference. What a blast that was. Got to meet some great indies from my favorite groups and podcasts, and some great trad folks. Most fun panel was the talk on Health and Happiness for writers. I say fun but...things got dark. The burnout is real. So is the elevated suicide rate among authors and spinal surgery from bad posture. Take care of yourselves folks, and get a support group. I have an author google hangout that meets every month or so and some fantastic clients who commiserate when stuff gets hard.

On to business:

I'm booked up for the next few months (If you're one of my regulars don't worry, I've saved a spot for you and your rates haven't changed.)

I've been doing these beta reads for a year now and am pretty happy with the group of authors I get to work with. From here on out, I will be more selective with which clients I take on, I'll still offer freebies from time to time, but more focused on my favorite genres.

Discount for Military Fantasy still applies (see bottom of my original post.) Also a discount for people who book four or more months in advance.

« Last Edit: June 07, 2018, 09:31:21 AM by Blerg et al. »

Offline Herefortheride

  • Status: Scheherazade
  • *****
  • Posts: 1350
  • Gender: Male
  • Chengdu
  • Loving every minute
    • View Profile
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #53 on: June 07, 2018, 09:13:59 AM »
Still thinking about the Nebula conference. What a blast that was. Got to meet some great indies from my favorite groups and podcasts, and some great trad folks. Most fun panel was the talk on Health and Happiness for writers. I say fun but...things got dark. The burnout is real. So is the elevated suicide rate among authors and spinal surgery from bad posture. Take care of yourselves folks, and get a support group. I have an author google hangout that meets every month or so and some fantastic clients who commiserate when stuff gets hard.

On to business:

I'm booked up for the next few months (If you're one of my regulars don't worry, I've saved a spot for you and your rates haven't changed.)

I've been doing these beta reads for a year now and am pretty happy with the group of authors I get to work with. From here on out, I will be more selective with which clients I take on, I'll still offer freebies from time to time, but more focused on my favorite genres.

Discount for Military Fantasy still applies (see bottom of this post). Also a discount for people who book four or more months in advance.

Dustin provides a ton of value and is very responsive. He considers your goals and writing voice and has given me angles I hadn't noticed before. I have commissioned him to help me with a tricky book this month and am excited for what we can come up with. Highly recommended!
Havenglade Mysteries (Book 1) developmental editing: 75%

Daughter of Dragons(DoH book4) prologue and chapter one: 17%

world-building and conlang for new series: 1%
H.C. Harrington

Offline geronl

  • Status: A A Milne
  • ******
  • Posts: 4263
  • Mirrors are scary to me, lol
    • View Profile
    • Floyd Looney's Sci-Fi
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #54 on: June 07, 2018, 10:55:12 AM »
I'm not sure what Military Fantasy is

Floyd Looney

Offline C. Gold

  • Status: Arthur C Clarke
  • *****
  • Posts: 2256
    • View Profile
    • Golden Elm Publishing
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #55 on: June 07, 2018, 02:32:07 PM »
I'm not sure what Military Fantasy is
I'd assume it's like the Battle for Gondor.

Offline geronl

  • Status: A A Milne
  • ******
  • Posts: 4263
  • Mirrors are scary to me, lol
    • View Profile
    • Floyd Looney's Sci-Fi
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #56 on: June 07, 2018, 02:33:33 PM »
I'd assume it's like the Battle for Gondor.

Fought by two armies of naked women with pool noodles?

:p

Floyd Looney

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #57 on: June 07, 2018, 06:27:07 PM »
Probably should start a new thread to chat about this, but to answer the question:

I know very little but, military fantasy is similar to military scifi.

Typically the main characters are serving in the military. The books are not always centered around a war or a battle. Rather the war is a backdrop and supply lines, intelligence reports, chain of command are important set pieces. The use of magic can vary. Sometimes mages take the place of artillery unit, other times those who can do magic are the special forces or communications/intelligence officers.

Often the MC is some grunt or unit leader. Personal stories are more important than who wins which battles.

A fantasy book with many battles, but no recognizable military structure is not really military scifi. A book about a fighter who is not enlisted or serving in some professional capacity, is not military scifi. And an epic fantasy about a king leading an army, is probably not military fantasy.

I would like to write a book about a cleric and a battle bard who trounce around just behind the front line staunching wounds, delivering letters from loved ones, and waylaying enemy spies, but if someone else can write it faster, I'd love to read that.

To my knowledge it does not involve large naked groups of women or men with pool noodles, but litrpg might.

This is an "author services" thread,  I don't want to bother the admins so any more q&a can go in a new thread ;) Pm me a link if you start one.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2018, 06:43:00 PM by Blerg et al. »

Offline C. Gold

  • Status: Arthur C Clarke
  • *****
  • Posts: 2256
    • View Profile
    • Golden Elm Publishing
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #58 on: June 07, 2018, 07:33:55 PM »
Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings, then. One of the guys starts off as a slave pushing ladders over chasms so the troops can go over. His POV was all about his ideas to help his ladder team survive, his advances, and the consequences that had on the army overall. It delved a lot into the strategy used to try and take over this chasm riddled area. Another POV is about a dude at the top end who has all the fancy equipment and what all was going on at that level. Squabbles between commanders, betrayal, trouble with the enemy, and issues with the the environment.

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #59 on: June 14, 2018, 06:47:28 PM »
Looks like I'll have one more opening near the end of June.
July is up in the air. A lot of reservations, but some folks might run over.

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #60 on: June 22, 2018, 08:45:54 PM »
I know I said no more editing outside of beta reads, but I'm considering taking on some full developmental edits. Haven't done one for a while. What do you consider a reasonable rate for developmental edits?

I'm leaving next month's slot open but, have a busy month planned, would much rather book for the end ofsummer.

Online Joseph Malik

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 593
  • Gender: Male
  • Pacific Northwest
    • View Profile
    • Writing and Fighting with Joseph Malik:
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #61 on: June 22, 2018, 09:10:41 PM »
I'm not sure what Military Fantasy is

www.josephmalik.com

My books are portal fantasy centering on an order of knights tasked with training soldiers in distant keeps but who function clandestinely to root out spies and reveal plots against the crown.

They're actually technothrillers, with plot points centering on technical details, but some of those key details are arcane concepts of espionage and military tradecraft.

The New Magic coming September 2018.
Website | Blog | Instagram

Online Joseph Malik

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 593
  • Gender: Male
  • Pacific Northwest
    • View Profile
    • Writing and Fighting with Joseph Malik:
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #62 on: June 22, 2018, 09:14:50 PM »
A fantasy book with many battles, but no recognizable military structure is not really military scifi. A book about a fighter who is not enlisted or serving in some professional capacity, is not military scifi. And an epic fantasy about a king leading an army, is probably not military fantasy.

Also, this.
The New Magic coming September 2018.
Website | Blog | Instagram

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #63 on: June 22, 2018, 10:01:59 PM »
Also, this.
Lol, I'm just noticing that I used the words sci-fi and fantasy interchangeably. Well you get my meaning.

Yours would definitely fall under the definition. Aren't you the author who has fans that that think the portal world is real?

Sounds like a cool concept, especially the training/intrigue angle...didn't realize it was part techno thriller. If you decide you need a beta reader, it's military fantasy discount plus I'll read early books to get up to speed with a seseries.

Online Joseph Malik

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 593
  • Gender: Male
  • Pacific Northwest
    • View Profile
    • Writing and Fighting with Joseph Malik:
Re: Beta Reading *Discount for Military Epic Fantasy*
« Reply #64 on: June 22, 2018, 10:21:42 PM »

Yours would definitely fall under the definition. Aren't you the author who has fans that that think the portal world is real?

Sounds like a cool concept, especially the training/intrigue angle...didn't realize it was part techno thriller. If you decide you need a beta reader, it's military fantasy discount plus I'll read early books to get up to speed with a series.

Thanks. I am that author, and I dropped a couple of Easter eggs into Book II specifically for those same readers just to blow their minds. Because I'm already going to hell anyway.

And I appreciate the offer,  but my beta reads are done and the ARCs are out. I may hit you up for Book III in a year or so.
The New Magic coming September 2018.
Website | Blog | Instagram

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #65 on: July 02, 2018, 05:26:16 AM »
July is full.

August is about half. September is looking busy too.

In addition to my day job, and my editing, and writing my own books, I am also a painter. I sell art in galleries and art markets. Lately that has picked up and I've had to cut back on the number of edits I do each month. So book them while you can because they're filling up fast.

I'd like to scale back the dayjob and open up more time for editing, but that's a little while off yet.

Offline Sarah Shaw

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 765
  • Gender: Female
  • Prague
    • View Profile
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #66 on: July 02, 2018, 08:56:50 AM »
Do you work with historical fiction at all?

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #67 on: July 02, 2018, 11:11:51 AM »
Do you work with historical fiction at all?
I've worked on historical romance, and I'm a big history buff, so I think it would be a good fit. Bonus points if it's nautical.

Offline Evenstar

  • Status: A A Milne
  • ******
  • Posts: 4763
  • UK
    • View Profile
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #68 on: July 02, 2018, 05:17:38 PM »
Could you list all your rates again? Or a link to a website? I get so confused when I see prices listed on posts that are three years old!

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #69 on: July 02, 2018, 06:05:11 PM »
Could you list all your rates again? Or a link to a website? I get so confused when I see prices listed on posts that are three years old!

Thanks, I should clarify that in the next update.

My first post is current, I update it every week. My website www.dustinporta.com still lists my old rate of $2.50 per word, but anyone who books soon can still lock in the old rate. So 50k words would be $125.

I don't offer freebies like I used to, but I'm thinking about 30% off the first book for new clients...

Online OnlyTheGrotesqueKnow

  • Status: Madeleine L'Engle
  • **
  • Posts: 98
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #70 on: July 02, 2018, 06:22:08 PM »
What genres do you take?
To be broken is to be singularly beautiful. Only the shattered are unique in a world of plastic. Scars are the tribal marks of the forgotten, they are how we know our own.

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #71 on: July 02, 2018, 07:02:10 PM »
What genres do you take?

Oh gosh, lets see...

I have the most experience with epic fantasy.
I've also done urban fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, and litrpg.
I have less experience but still enjoy working with: erotica, romance and mystery.

I'd really like a good military fantasy or historical romance. Maybe an alternate history with fantasy elements.

Genres I don't do: space marines (because I don't know military jargon), modern thriller, spy and superhero (doesn't hold my interest), literary and nonfiction (because I don't mix work and pleasure), young adult and new adult (but I will read middle-grade).
« Last Edit: July 02, 2018, 07:26:52 PM by Blerg et al. »

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #72 on: July 12, 2018, 07:47:21 PM »
Glad to see kboards is up and running again.
This is my favorite resource these days, would hate to see anything happen to it.

I guess this is a good reminder that we should all contribute to its upkeep periodically. There is a donation link on every page, but I'll try and dig up the post where the owner talks about what goes into kboards.
Next week I will be reposting it.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2018, 07:58:12 AM by Blerg et al. »

Offline ScottC

  • Status: Jane Austen
  • ***
  • Posts: 320
  • Lowell MA
    • View Profile
    • Author Facebook Page
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #73 on: July 17, 2018, 02:40:51 PM »
Dustin brings it! He did a beta read for me, and his ideas and edits were outstanding. I would work with him again in a second.

Offline Blerg et al.

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« Reply #74 on: July 18, 2018, 07:56:42 AM »
Dustin brings it! He did a beta read for me, and his ideas and edits were outstanding. I would work with him again in a second.

Muchas gracias! Appreciate the vote of confidence! I bring somethin' though I'm not always sure what, lol.

Also appreciate the bump to my thread as I will be out of town for my regularly scheduled update.
P.S. Just noticed, the cover of Eden Chip looks awesome in thumbnail format.
----
In lieu of tomorrow's bump: here is that link I promised last week: the thread about kboards, the passing of its founder and how we can help to keep things going.
https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,253691.0.html
« Last Edit: July 18, 2018, 07:59:42 AM by Blerg et al. »