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Old 11-24-2014, 09:49 AM   #1
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I've finished the first draft of my science fiction book (much of it is past the first-draft stage).

I'm looking for readers to give me feedback on the general story flow, etc. If you think you'd enjoy doing that, let me know (on this thread or via PM), and I'll get a Kindle mobi file to you. I can even send out a limited number of paperbacks.

You'll find more typos in chapters 17-40. At this point, you don't need to bother reporting those--I'm just interested in general impressions of the story.

Here's a very preliminary short blurb about it:
On May 22, 2015, every person on Earth sneezed. Simultaneously. It happened at twenty seconds after 3:01 p.m., Washington time.

Jake Corby had dropped out of the world and used his fortune to change his identity, but he knew the government would track him down. He knew they'd force him to help figure out who or what was behind this impossible event.

When a spherical interstellar spacecraft appears over New York City and broadcasts a crazy message, it's clear the future of the human race may depend on how it interacts with this strange alien.
And here's the cover:



Thanks for your help!

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Old 11-24-2014, 02:49 PM   #2
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I'd be interested. Enjoy science fiction. Don't have any way to read on a Kindle though. Could do MSWord, PDF, etc. Or paperback. Word might be nice as I could use the comments feature.


How many pages are we talking, and how soon do you need the feedback?
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I have a Kindle and would be willing to critique.

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I'd be interested too, but I don't have a Kindle. A pdf, or whatever text file would be okay. A paperback would be great but those are probably pricy in small quantities.
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Don't have any way to read on a Kindle though.
I just found out here there is an app for that. You can read Kindle files on a PC. I haven't tried it yet though so can't tell how well or even if it works.

The link is https://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fi...ref_=klp_f_win
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To the folks who don't have kindles, there is a kindle app available for the PC (as well as pretty much any other platform you can think of ... iOS, Android, etc). So you could install that (it's free) and read it that way.
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To the folks who don't have kindles, there is a kindle app available for the PC (as well as pretty much any other platform you can think of ... iOS, Android, etc). So you could install that (it's free) and read it that way.
I am open to that route.
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SyFy is not really my forte, and I fear I would really make a bad reviewer.
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No real rush on the feedback. I'll be doing a lot of revisions.

I'll send links to the mobi (Kindle) file, assuming that you non-Kindle owners will be able to read with the Kindle reader app.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:59 PM   #11
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I'd like to sign up too. I love SF, and I'm pretty good at finding typos and ungood grammar.


I used to be a proofreader back in the 70s. It was a horrible job. They made us read backwards looking for misspelling so we wouldn't be distracted by the story.
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I'm interested - sci fi fan and amateur editor. Kindle works fine for me.
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To help me keep track of comments/errors and requests, please post them all here from now on.

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Congrats on getting this far. I'll critique it for you.
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Massive and lifelong sci-fi fan. Very happy to help and would look forward to it.
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