This is a beta call for the copyedit of Magic Breaks. This is the stage where the story is mostly set and we’re looking for reader reactions (“He did WHAT?” and “I hate her so much right now”), plot inconsistencies (funky timelines, height of the characters being off, etc) and severe grammatical errors. The manuscript is still rough at this stage, so if you prefer to try your luck at an almost complete manuscript (ARC), do not put your name in the hat.
When do you get the manuscript?
Sometime this weekend. Working on it now.
When do the comments have to be sent back?
Before February 22th. We’ll take it sooner if you can do it sooner.
How do you make the comments?
MS Word comment feature is preferable. If you want to just write the general notes out, please include page numbers and or a chunk of text. We can copy the chunk of text and spot search the manuscript to find the place where you’re commenting.
How many beta spots are there?
Eight. Any more and we will have difficulties going through it. Strong preference will be given to people who had copyedited prior manuscripts, but at least two “new” betas will be picked so there is some chance of getting in.
Will I have to sign an NDA?
Yes. Here it is. I strongly encourage you to read it to make sure you’re comfortable with it. Ilona-NDA-1
Some highlights of the NDA:
1) Term. The term is set for 20 years. Standard term is 3 years. Here is why the term is so long. When you read the first, mangled version of the manuscript, it affects how you view the final product. We want to make sure that the reader experience at large isn’t affected by our mistakes and rejected chunks of the manuscript. Because we live in the electronic age, it is conceivable that the books still will be “in print” 3-10 years from now (and possibly longer) and we want to keep the rough versions from getting out.
2) Pitch. If you suggest something to us during the copyedit, a specific way to resolve a plot point, for example, you give up all rights to it. Basically we “own” your suggestions. This is to keep us from being sued.
3) What NDA actually makes you do: it prevents you from discussing, reposting, quoting etc the contents of this draft. This is done to prevent spoilers and to make sure that what most readers see is the polished complete version.
How do I put my name in the hat?
Comment on the blog (the contents of the comment are up to you) and then send an email to us at ilona dot andrews @outlook.com. Your email must say BETA CE Magic Breaks in the subject and must include your name and indicate that you will be willing to sign the NDA. The rest of the contents of the email are up to you. We are trying to gauge your attention to detail. If you don’t follow these instructions, then you’re probably not a good fit for the copyedit stage. We ask you to comment first, so we will have a public record of your entry. If someone gets their panties in a bunch later about whether or not people actually get in on beta from the blog, we can point to your comment. So really, the comment can say “I like goats!” or “Pick me!” As long as we get your email after and it follows the format, you are in.
How do I know if I am picked?
We’ll send you an email. Beta calls usually result in hundreds of entries, so if you don’t get some sort of email by Monday, you are not in. We apologize in advance.
What do I get if I beta?
You get to read the book early, help us make it a better book for everyone else, and your name in the acknowledgements. That’s it. Seriously.
If my suggestions are helpful, will you recommend me to other authors?