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Beta Reading

Greetings, fellow writers! I’m excited to announce that I’m available for beta reading for those needing it. Right now I’m accepting two fiction stories. But first, introductions! Who am I? My name is Michelle E. Lowe, and I’ve been writing for the better part of twenty years now. I have several published novels out, with a steampunk series in the works. I’ve studied writing in workshops classes and have worked with editors in polishing my own stories.  I’m easy to work with and will offer only honesty. Throw me your first two chapters and I’ll send you back a FREE sample of what I can do, allowing you to determine whether or not I’m the beta for you!

What I can do for you is . . .

. Thoroughly read over your manuscript

. Give detailed feedback

. Fix any typos or grammar flaws I catch

. Help with plot development and characterization

. Point out things needing improving such as show not tell, POV crossovers, and dialog

. Point out overused words and more!

Genres:

 

Note: I mainly read fiction for adults, but may consider YA

What I read:

Science fiction

Fantasy

Steampunk

Action/ adventure

Thrillers

Mysteries

What I don’t read:

Nonfiction

Children’s

Christian

Romance

Exotica

Poetry

Horror (Only because I haven’t read nor written enough in this genre to give any real insight.)

Why use a beta reader?

Even if you plan on hiring a professional editor, having your work critiqued first is a very wise move. Beta reading isn’t about having your work praised, but instead, it lets fresh eyes take a look see and what they find can help improve your story. No matter how many revisions you’ve done, it pays to have someone else do a sweep of your manuscript and offer any useful advice. Not to mention, beta readers can usually do a little sprucing up along the way.

NOTEBeta reading is NOT a replacement to editing. You may still need a professional editor to finish the cleanup work.

As a writer myself, I understand the valuable position you stand in when handing over your story to someone who isn’t close to you. I will give out advice without being condescending about it. Trust me, I’ve been there many times, in fact, I’m there right now, waiting on reviews for my own novels. Not to mention when you don’t hear back from anyone, you only think the worse. I will always keep you updated, letting you know the progress, and of course, you’re always welcomed to email me anytime with questions or concerns. Having good commutation is the foundation of a healthy working relationship. As a serious writer, I also understand that there is a lot to learn about storytelling, and soaking in as much knowledge as possible can greatly improve your craft. As we take this joinery together, I will bestow what I’ve absorbed unto you.

My rates:

100,000 words or more, $100

75,000 words or more, $75

Novellas, between 20,000 and 50,000 words, $50

NOTE: These prices are non-negotiable, however, there are two payment options available.

The Process:

Step one:

Contact me! Simply email me at michellelowe7 (at) gmail (dot) com and tell a little about yourself, how long you’ve been writing, about your project and what sort of feedback you’re looking for.

For example: Are you looking for someone to just read through and catch typos? Do you want someone to point out plot holes? Help with character development? Point out awkward sentence structures? Even do a little editing, and so on. Just let me know, and it’ll be done!

Include your first two chapters in a Word doc attachment. I will send you a confirmation email, informing you that I’ve received your email. It’ll be something like, Hi, NAME! Thanks for contacting me. I have received your email and will contact you again shortly.

I will then go over your chapters, and if I feel that I can help you with your book, I’ll send the chapters back with the type of feedback you’ve requested. After your review, and make your final decision on whether or not you want to proceed, just email me back and we’ll get started!

NOTE: If you have any concerns about sending your entire manuscript over to a stranger, just visit https://www.copyright.gov and register your book.

Step two:

Once you’ve made a decision that you want us to work together, you can decide on payment options. You can either pay the full amount upfront or pay as we go. I’ll email you an invoice to pay via PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account to make a payment.

Here’s how the pay as we go option works.

Payments will be broken up into two or three increments.

For 100,000 words or more, ($100) it would be $33 to beta read the beginning, $33 for the middle, and $34 for the end.

For a 75,000 words or more, ($75) would be cut $25 for the beginning, $25 for the middle, and $25 for the end.

And for novellas between 20,000 and 50,000 words, ($50) this amount will be sliced in half, $25/$25

NOTE: There are no refunds in the pay as we go option. Once payment(s) are made, I retain the full amount whether  you want me to finish beta reading your manuscript or not. If you choose to pay in full and somewhere along the way you decide not to go on, I will refund HALF of your payment no matter where we are in the process.

Payment(s) are due before any beta commences.

Step three:

Once payment is established, I’ll begin reading immediately. Whether you choose to pay as we go or paid in full, I will be sending you back your book in three increments, beginning, middle and end, for you to review. If you’ve paid in full, I’ll already be starting on beta reading the other chapters while you review the previous ones. If you’re paying as we go, you can either send me a payment and I’ll get started on the next section of your book while you review, or wait to pay until you’ve completed reviewing.

After you’ve reviewed your chapters, simply hang onto them until the entire book is completely read over. Once you’ve reviewed everything and made any necessary changes, email me back any questions you may have, and if you’d like for me to go over what you’ve done, I can do that. No charge! I’m also available on Skype if you’d like to chat face to face.

 Teaming up with beta readers can be a fun and fulfilling experience for both author and reader alike. For example, in helping you with your work, you’re also helping me in mine. All proceeds are going towards turning one of my own novels into an audiobook. So you see, we’re all helping one other achieve in this crazy world of writing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve kick off a Patreon campaign!

First off, WHAT IS PATREON?  Patreon is a place that gives you the chance to support artists and entrepreneurs, and in turn it allows us to keep doing what we’re doing—making stuff! Oh, and there’s always something in it for our supporters, too.

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SWAG!

I did mention there are rewards, yes? For any contributions made, whether it’s $1 OR $150, you’ll receive anything from a spin-off story, copies of the Legacy series, to an audiobook!

So please, come visit my Patreon page and be part of this journey with me!

 

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So, you’ve decided to become a writer. Great! Wonderful! Supervious! This world is always in need of more storytellers. Whether you fancy writing science fiction, romance, non-fiction, children’s, history, horror, or fantasy, being a writer is an endless adventure. One of my favorite quotes of all times is said by Toni Morrion:
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
Now, that you’ve established that you’re a writer, you go ahead and craft out your first book. It’s done. Congratulants! Writing out an entire book takes discipline, determination, and devotion. Most importantly it proves your seriousness to the trade.
Right. You’ve written your book, now what? Publish it? With Amazon’s free self-publishing option, publishing has become so simple, it’s only a few clicks away. But wait! Before you go off and press that publish button, ask yourself these questions:
. I wrote this book, but I have truly learned all there is to know about the art or writing?
. Will my book be able to stand up with other high quality novels already out there?
. Is my book ready for the world to read?
. Am I ready to be a published author?
If you’re asking yourself any of these questions, than consider what you need to do in order to improve.
Being a writer is much more than simply putting pen to paper, it’s a learning experience. Just the same as any other subject in life, it pays to learn a thing or two about the craft and understand its techniques. Yes, there is a technique to writing, it’s not just putting one word in front of the other. Even if you have your book edited, chances are as a new writer you haven’t learned the methods of writing. So, how do you learn? The answer is easier than you think. Just enroll yourself into the Wolf Pirate Project! This nonprofit organization is an online writer’s workshop program geared towards helping aspiring authors sharpen their skills and become bona fide writers. You mentor will work with you throughout your entire book, editing your work and teaching you the important fundamentals of storytelling.
The founder of Wolf Pirate Project, Catherine Rudy, and her scurvy crew are on a quest to bring more quality written stories into the world of literature one book at a time. I know firsthand just how well they can advance you as an author. In 2008, Wolf Pirate took me under their wing and turned my book, The Warning, into a five star rate novel! They again assisted me in 2011 with Atlantic Pyramid, which earned a spot on the Best Books of 2014 list! I can honestly say that without the guidance of Wolf Pirate I’d most likely have never reached such limits.
If you really care for your book and becoming a genuine storyteller than take your writing farther and watch it blossom with the help of this wonderful group. Join the crew today!
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website5I’m a big nerd at heart. I love fantasy and science fiction movies such as Indiana Jones, The Neverending Story, Star Wars, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, The Crow, The Lost Boys, etc… I’m addicted to shows like The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, and Game of Thrones! I have to listen to music constantly. Some of my favorite artists are Tori Amos, Amanda Palmer, Radiohead, Kidneythieves, Green Day, White Stripes, Switchblade Symphony, Concrete BlondeJane’s Addiction and The Doors. I’ve collected all The Sandman graphic novels and still read them once in a while. My favorite video games to play is any old Atari game I can pull up on my computer. My number one game crush is Ms. Pac-Man!

And don’t get me started on books! Just to name a few titles I’ve read: Djinn on the Rocks by Dante Elgin, The French Mistress: A Novel of the Duchess of Portsmouth and King Charles II by Scott, Susan HollowayGeek Love by Dunn KatherineNeverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Gallows Thief, by Cornwell Bernard, Most of the Odd Thomas series, by Dean Koontz, Heart-Shaped Box, by Dean Koontz, Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill, and currently reading Black Feathers series by Joseph D’ Lacey.

I worked as a film projectionist for nine years until everything went digital. The solitude of working as a projectionist provided the perfect refuge for writing. The Warning, Cherished Thief, and Atlantic Pyramid were all written in a projection booth.

I have two spoiled cats, October and Poe.

 

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I also love oil painting.

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Poe’s Haunted House Tour

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First chapter!

Poe’s Haunted House Tour is available in paperback and digital edition at Amazon.com

Have you ever been into a haunted house before? Would you like to? Take a tour with a little ghost named Poe who lives in a haunted house where it’s always Halloween. And as you drift through one spooky room to the next, Poe gives you some fascinating Halloween history! Come with Poe and learn how this wonderful and fun holiday came to be!

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The Hex Hunt: Surviving the Sea

 

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The Hex Hunt: Surviving the Sea is available in paperback and digital edition through Amazon.com.

After defeating the hex in Mr. Cod’s château, Rain and Sage journey to the Industrial City only to discover—to their horror—that the hex has turned the entire city into a polluted, frightening place. Fortunately, they meet a helpful young boy named Jayden, who quickly becomes a valued friend.
When they discover the spell code inside a Mechanical Garden, Rain reads it and drives the hex far out to sea. The three find passage on board Captain Natsuko’s ship, and they believe all is well.
However, the hex has power greater than they suspected. Halfway through their voyage, the hex attempts to destroy them by resurrecting a dead pirate and his lost vessel, Jupiter, from the bottom of the sea! Will Rain, Sage, and Jayden escape the ghost ship and be able to continue on with their mission to stop the hex? Find out in this second installment of The Hex Hunt: Surviving the Sea!

The Hex Hunt: Surviving the Sea is available in paperback and digital edition through Amazon.com.

 

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The Hex Hunt: The Island of the Sleeping Volcano

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The Hex Hunt: The Island of the Sleeping Volcano is available in paperback and digital edition through Amazon.com

After their dangerous encounter with Captain Jag’s ghost ship, Rain, Sage, and Jayden head for the Island of the Sleeping Volcano. Just as the sun peeks over the horizon, they reach the island, only to find that it has been completely cloaked in hardened lava! Sage takes them to her master’s castle where Rain learns a shocking secret that will break her heart. Even so, she cannot escape the inevitable confrontation with the angry hex. As the hex races toward the island, it comes up with a desperate plan to prevent Rain from saying the spell code once and for all! Read the conclusion to the ultimate battle and find out what the hex has in store for Rain in its last attempt to win its freedom!

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The Hex Hunt (Vol.1)

 

20First chapter!

The Hex Hunt (Vol 1.) is available in paperback and digital edition at Amazon.com.

Rain was an average farm girl, until one day a magical fox named Sage appears, asking for help. When a spell goes horribly wrong and becomes a hex, Sage is sent by a powerful sorceress to hunt it down. Rain must read a special spell code in order to pull the hex back to the sorceress’s island…a land nearly destroyed when the hex awakened the Sleeping Volcano within.
Sage leads Rain to the Town of Caves, which is left strangely vacant. They soon learn that the hex has taken the townspeople to a château and placed them under a magical trance where they’re forced to dance endlessly for its entertainment. It is now up to Rain to find and read the spell code that will free the townspeople and send the hex away.
Join Rain and Sage in part one of their adventure!

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Spine Shivering Stories! (Short story collection)

These are some short stories I’ve written throughout the years. After being tucked away for so long, I’ve decided to bring them out, dust them off, and share them.

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A Night in Cetatea Poenari
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