Beta ReadersAre you a metaphor master? How about a punctuation paladin? Do you enjoy correcting spelling errors in the emails from your friends? Then, you should be a beta reader for Brian. It's easy to do. Just fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Be sure to check the box that you want to receive my reviewer newsletter. Then, when we have something that's ready to be beta read, you'll get an email to let you know. All you have to do then is rip it apart to whatever degree your heart desires, and then drop us a line so Brian knows what needs to be fixed.
What's in it for you?
- you get a sneak peak at the books before everyone else
- you will have helped make the world's literature better
- you'll have Brian's undying gratitude
- Brian will include the names of those whose feedback helped make the book better in the acknowledgments
- After it's released at Smashwords, Brian will send a coupon for a free copy of the final ebook to those providing helpful feedback
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InterviewersIf you're interested in conducting an interview, please contact us to discuss. If you're interested in reviewing a book, please see the Reviewers section below.
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Brian's ReviewsBrian says: I'm not actively seeking books to review (have a look at my to-read shelf on GoodReads, and I think you'll see why) or blurb. However, if you have something that you think I'll just love AND it's in a genre I actually read AND it's been professionally edited and proofread AND you like my reviewing policy, drop me a line so we can discuss. Please note though that I don't have a great deal of free time to read (and don't read particularly quickly) and I'm not much for deadlines, so if you're under a time crunch, it's probably best to pass me on by.
Reviewing PolicyBrian says: Writing a book takes a lot of time and effort. Anyone who undertakes such a task has my admiration. Because of that and because I, as a fellow writer, would hope for the same treatment, I developed the following reviewing policy for myself.
For books that I like, I will try to give an accurate, honest review, in the format and locations of my choosing. Typically, that'll be on GoodReads, sometimes on Amazon.
If I can't give a book at least 4 stars, then I take a closer look at why. If it's because of bad grammar, spelling, formatting, etc., chances are I won't even finish the book, and it'll wind up unrated on my unfinished shelf (although don't take inclusion there to be indicative of that or some other problem; sometimes I don't finish a book for other reasons). I know some errors will slip through, but when they're pervasive, I just can't go on. They're like nails on a chalkboard to me.
If the story was dull or the writing was bad or it's less than good for some other reason but I still managed to struggle through to the end, I'll take a look at the author. Are they dead? No problem, I'll give a full review, then (provided I feel like it; it's not like the author cares). Are they alive, but a big famous author whose pocketbook isn't going to be influenced in the least by what I think of the book? I'll give them a rating, but I probably won't publish a review. Are they alive and one of my struggling, possibly self-published, peers? I'm probably just going to quietly shuffle their book off to my read shelf with neither a review nor a rating (again, though, just because I finished a book but didn't rate it or review it, it doesn't necessarily mean I didn't like it; I may just have forgotten about it or not gotten around to it). If I know them, I may send them some private feedback. If not, I'm confident that other readers will have no problem letting them know that their work is subpar.
ReviewersIf you're a book reviewer/critic interested in receiving an electronic copy one of Brian's books for free to review, please fill out the form below. Your submission will be reviewed as soon as possible. Paper books are not provided through this program. If you'd like to automatically receive new ebooks to review, be sure to check the box to sign up for Brian's reviewer newsletter.
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