I’m Adva Shaviv, and in the coming months I'll need beta-readers for ADventures Heading up and Down, my ADHD cozy contemporary portal fantasy, consisting of about 80,000 words (around 280 pages).
I plan to have several rounds of beta-reading, of which I'll update by email to those who sign up using the form below.
Were you ever taken hostage by imagination?
Society is cutting off the wings of Tom, Alice and George, three turbulent siblings. On their quest to find their own path they find themselves in an ADHD wonderland, turning their own and others’ worlds upside down. They confront vicious stairs, a train of thoughts derailed, tissue paper babies, and even cake.
References to Mom keep coming up, but she couldn’t have had anything to do with it. Could she? And where are their cats and dogs?
No squirrels were harmed in the making of this book.
Please fill in this form!
Your answers will help me create a mix of readers with various backgrounds for each round, which is what I strive for.
Submitting this form is not binding for either of us. I will contact each of you in due time either to ask if you're willing to read at that specific time, or to let you know I have had enough beta readers and will not require any more.
Not sure about this whole Greek-letter stuff? Please read the questions and answers below the form.
Full name is great, but I'll settle for whatever you're comfortable with me calling you.
For instance, are you a writer? An editor? I’d love to hear what it is you write/ edit/ anything else you do in relation to writing or publishing. Ideally, I'd love a mix of professional and non-professional readers.
I'm hoping for a mixed group of readers. Please state if you usually read specific genres or sub-genres (specifically fantasy, but other genres as well), and any other preferences you have (e.g., a preference for books with LGBTQ+ main characters, books targeting a "Young Adult" audience, certain tropes, plotlines, themes, mood, writing style, even short vs. long books, or any preference you have.)
I'm sitting on the edge of my seat here. Also literally (it's an ADHD thing).
If you expect a different turnaround time, or if it's your first time and you have no idea, just let me know here.
If I figure out where my audience hangs out, it'll help me spend less time on social media! Yay!
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What is an "ADHD cozy contemporary portal fantasy"?
My novel is a fantasy, taking place in an imaginary world inspired by ADHD. A portal connects this fantastic world and our own contemporary world, so the plot moves between the two. It makes for a cozy read, where feel-good and the magical rule, rather than epic battles.
What are beta-readers?
These are the first readers of a novel's advanced draft, who give the author (me!) their honest feedback, thus influence the final novel by helping revise where needed. Of course, they also eventually get the final ebook as a gift, once it's published!
NOTE: I will not be able to reciprocate, and thus am only looking for beta readers, rather than critique partners/ swaps.
What’s in it for you?
A free read; influencing the writing by giving your opinion; thanks in the book’s acknowledgments (unless you prefer not to), and a free copy of the final ebook once it's complete!
What’s in it for me?
Invaluable input on what works and what doesn’t, and how to give the book its best form. Can’t do this without you!
What is required of you?
To carefully read the whole thing and send me back detailed feedback based on my guiding questions, chapter by chapter. Preferably, within 3-4 weeks.
What sort of feedback will you be asked to give?
All your thoughts about the book! What you think works and what doesn't; what you like and what you don't, in terms of worldbuilding, plot, characters and everything you care about as a reader. Also, pointing out mistakes like plot holes or inconsistencies, which I may miss, being too close to the text.
.What happens if you’re late/ can’t finish/ lose interest?
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for whatever help you did give me, and we part as friends!
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