It’s about that time

I’ve fussed with my book of short stories all weekend. I believe it’s time to seek out advance readers. I’m looking for three or four people who will read an arc, and offer some feedback. There is a time limit, so make sure you can commit. If you’re dedicated, it will take no more than a day. (I’m sort of hoping you can’t put it down.)

Here’s what you’re getting into. This is a short book, approximately 29,000 words of actual material. I added a free sample of Will O’ the Wisp and didn’t count that. It consists of a mixture of micro fiction and short stories. They run the gauntlet of my speculative style in science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal.

My goal is to release this sometime in September. With the Wisp promotion in back, I’m hoping to catch some of the Halloween vibe.

Readers have a month to get to it, giving me a week or so to touch up any critical failures.

This book will price at 99ยข, and is an attempt to tie together some of my other marketing pushes. As an example, there is a new Lisa Burton story. I included a link to the paper dolls, that sort of thing.

I have a preliminary cover that I will also provide, but we are still working on one aspect. If you are interested, drop me an email. If we haven’t already exchanged email, let me know in the comments.

I’ve done a bit of research, and there are shorter 99ยข reads out there. I think I’m offering something of value at 99ยข, but advance readers are welcome to weigh in on that too.

Amazon is really playing Big Brother these days about reviews. I’m not asking or refusing reviews when I actually push the publish button. I’ll leave that up to my advance readers to decide.

I may hit my advance readers up to help with the cover reveal, and the release.

Let me know if you’d like an advance reading copy of The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack.

Update: Your response was overwhelming. Thank you everyone, but I have enough volunteers now. I think there must be a market out there for short fiction.

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41 responses to “It’s about that time

  1. I can read it, but how much I can read in a day depends on the day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I’m sorry Craig, I’d love to, but can’t commit at the moment. I am however interested in what Amazon are saying about reviews. Out of interest, where did you read they were getting funny?

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  3. I am available if you think my opinion can be of help to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Can I volunteer please?

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  5. You may have already had your quota, but I am willing to read. Not sure how long it will take me, if you are on a deadline, but I shouldn’t drag my feet too badly. Anyway, let me know. No worries if you already have your readers.

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  6. I can put a day aside this week to help. 29,000 words isn’t much. I think. I tend to look at pages.

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  7. I’m going on some job interviews these days, so I can’t make a definite commitment – I don’t know what my schedule will be like if I land a new job. If you have a particular story or two that you’d like an extra set of eyes on, I’m sure I can do that. I’ll definitely pick up a copy at Amazon when it’s released, and get a review out on my blog as soon as I can.

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  8. I would be a lousy one for feedback. Good luck.

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  9. Wow, you have enough readers already. That was fast. How late am I?

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  10. I’m late in finding this post, but it sounds like you’ve already got everything pretty much sewn up. I’ve started a week’s vacation so may be offline more this week than normal. You’ve got your pre-readers, but I’ll be happy to do a cover reveal and any other promo I can help with. When you’re ready give me a holler. And congrats on pulling this together. I look forward to it!

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  11. Me Me Me I want to read!

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