Open Call for Betas
Okay, so Insomnia is kind of at the stage where it needs to be seen by eyes other than mine, so this is an open invitation for beta readers.
Insomnia is a New Adult, science-fiction novel set in an original universe. It’s soft science fiction with flavors of action, romance, and espionage.
Here is the most generic plot summary ever:
In 2010, we discovered that we were not alone.
Two years after first contact, the world is quieter. Disease has been eradicated, poverty lessened, and old enemies now feast at the same table.
But Stella Lundegaard is skeptical. She’s seen too many bad sci-fi movies to trust the people of Mars that easily. When her family is accepted, a process in which humans are chosen to live and work with Martians, she is less than enthusiastic, even though the stars are all she’s ever dreamed about.
But she doesn’t dream any more. Struck by reality, it is up to her and a rouge, nameless Martian to expose the Authority’s conspiracy and get help for the people of Earth.
In particular, I’m interested in finding readers from a variety of ages, genders, and backgrounds. It’s very helpful if you already enjoy science fiction, but this is pretty soft with a focus on character interaction rather than the weapon schematics of a Cetusian battle cruiser. I’ll put it out there that there are some very violent scenes and some torture, so if that’s something that triggers you we can find a way to work around that.
Otherwise, I don’t have a lot of requirements. I ask only two things of readers:
- They treat this as if they picked up a book at the library and have no access to the author. Ask questions only if I goofed so bad that you cannot read the rest of the book. Also, ignore my questions or prodding about your progress. Speaking of prodding:
- The only reason why I
would should prod you is if you have the copy for a long time and are not reading it. I totally understand if either A) The book isn’t interesting or B) You’re too busy. In that case, I ask that you tell me as soon as possible if you know you won’t finish it, and let me know what you thought of the book that far. Otherwise, I want to have some beta comments under my belt by December 1st when I need to move on with the project, which I feel is very doable with the novel’s length (125,000 words / 1 Twilight Book Long / ~10 hours of reading).
Really though, more than anything I just want people to take a gander at what I’ve got, and if you are interested or want more information about the book, please drop me an ask and I can get you a copy in the format you like best (word, pdf, pages, ebook, and I can try print if we’re friends irl) and we can figure out the best way of keeping in touch.
If you got this far you’re cool and thanks.