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  1. HI All, I've posted the first three chapters of my YA fantasy novel, The Soothsayer, in the critique forums and now I'd like to open up the rest of the novel for any interested beta readers. I'd be happy to reciprocate on your work, of course. I'm primarily looking for feedback on the plot pacing, dialogue, and descriptions used - or any other parts that may get your attention. The Soothsayer is an epic fantasy, similar in tone to the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis with a bit of "Game of Thrones" thrown in. While not strictly a "Christian Novel', it does have strong Christian themes that I think will speak to believers and encourage Non-Christians to explore their faith. That said, there is some slight profanity and violence in the story - be warned. Below is a very short preview/synopsis of what you can expect: Colin Devereaux is a teen in crisis. He’s an outcast at school, a target for bullies, and a helpless bystander as he watches his single mother wither from cancer. But those problems pale to the things he can’t explain – the dark creatures he’s spied lurking over his sleeping mother’s form, the strange old shopkeeper at the marina who seems to know Colin’s mind, and the mysterious puzzle box that the old man traded for Colin’s name. The line of reality blurs as the puzzle box opens revealing a path to a another world, and a clue that may save his mother’s life. Stranded in a kingdom devastated by darkness and war, Colin must lead a ragtag resistance against evil forces to find salvation for his mother and himself. Please let me know if you're interested. Thanks!
  2. I agree with Zee on this and can only add that sometimes it's even advisable to simply start your story outside the fantasy world and have your protagonist lead your readers into it as they discover the world for themselves - i did this with my own story and I've seen it done really successfully in other authors' work - C.S. Lewis - Narnia did it, so did Stephen King's in "The Talisman."
  3. Dungeons can vary greatly from region to region - and of course the experiences your protagonist goes through in each can be vastly different as well. In the second dungeon you can even have her recall the challenges of her first dungeon delve, and then completely subvert her expectations in this new setting. Have fun with it.
  4. Hey all - yeah I was asking about copyright itself not on vetting publishers. I've already submitted to several agents and publishers - I wouldn't expect them to sign any kind of agreement because I did my homework on them before I submitted. I purchased a federal copyright for my WIP now so I'm happy with that. Thanks again for all the responses.
  5. Congrats, now come the "fun" of revisions, lol.
  6. Thanks guys, A lot of opinions to consider here, lol. I think I will probably go with just getting a federal copyright of it for my own peace of mind - if a prospective publisher is put off by that then that's the risk I take, I guess. It's hard wanting to get feedback, wanting to get eyes on your manuscript, but feeling unsure of where might be a "safe" forum to do that in. Obviously, I feel like this site (and its members) are much more reputable, or at least ethical, than other options online. As far as asking beta readers to sign a one-sheet confidentiality agreement - in theory, I'm not sure why anyone would mind. We're all writers here, and I think we can all understand the hard work that goes into crafting our stories. I certainly wouldn't be put off if someone asked me to sign one - it's not personal. But If I have a federal copyright I wouldn't bother to do that anyway, it'd be overkill. Thanks again guys.
  7. So you're saying its best to just go ahead and pay for federal copyright, even if the work is unpublished or before I've signed a contract with a publisher? Wouldn't that turn off any prospective publishers?
  8. Hi All, So I've been reading conflicting answers about this online and I was hoping some of you could clarify. I finished my manuscript well over a year ago and mailed a sealed, registered copy of it to myself (poor man's copyright) as a first step to protect it. My goal is to have the book traditionally published and I know technically once you write it, it's copyrighted but I of course want to do as much as I can to keep it safe. That said I've heard that publishers generally frown on authors obtaining a copyright for their own work before signing a contract. At some point I may finally give up trying for the traditional publishing route and go to self publish the book, at which point I would definitely purchase a copyright for it. But now that I'm posting portions of my manuscript here (and elsewhere) for feedback, I'm thinking maybe I should take care and just get the official copyright now instead. What do you guys think? I've also toyed with the idea of having beta-readers simply sign a confidentiality agreement as a way to protect my unpublished work - of course I worry that sounds pretentious but I'm new to sharing my stuff online so I'm not entirely comfortable handing an entire manuscript over to a stranger without some kind of written understanding. I'd appreciate any advice you have. Thanks.
  9. I love the production quality on this book - sounds great. I might be interested at some point in the future (not anytime soon unfortunately) but I think the real challenge would be to find voice actors who could carry the dialogue - make it sound good. I'll be sure to contact you if/when Im ready for a service like this.
  10. That sounds interesting. I'd be willing to read it and give you feedback on it. I'd be happy to sign any confidentiality agreements or anything like that - just let me know. I've been looking for beta readers for my young adult fantasy novel as well if you're interested.
  11. I'd probably react the same way, lol.
  12. Thanks! Yeah the banner was something I threw together in paint shop pro, I'll look into fixing it so the text is a bit clearer to see. Thanks for the feedback.
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