Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Seeking Edinburgh expert!

I am seeking a beta-reader of sorts for a novel set in Edinburgh, and due to be published as an ebook within a couple of months (hurray!). What I need is someone who knows Scottish speech habits and Edinburgh very well, so you can catch any errors I've made on those counts.

You wouldn't have to worry about plot, character development, formatting, or grammar, except within Scottish characters' dialogue, perhaps. You'd merely read through and see if any Scotland-related mistakes jump out at you. Also, I would want this read-through done by the end of July, ideally. Short notice, I know--apologies.

In return I'd send you paperbacks of both my existing published novels--The Ghost Downstairs and Summer Term (though that one doesn't come out till Aug. 27, so you'd have to wait a bit)--and the ebook of this one, What Scotland Taught Me, once it's all polished up pretty. I'll happily send the paperback of this one too if it ever goes into a print edition.

The novel is about 100,000 words long (eek!), genre is teen lit crossing over into women's fiction, and mood is realistic and somewhat romantic-comedic. Feel free to advertise among your Scottish friends. I may take on more than one such reader to cover my bases, if I get more than one taker.

To apply, either comment here or email me directly-- writerofirony at earthlink dot net. I think I have enough takers for now. Thank you so much!


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 7th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
I would say ask me as my mother is Scots or my friend Jess as she is living in Edinburgh.....
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Cool! I've got one or two takers already, but I'll email it over and you guys can see if you catch anything, as you like. Thank you!
Jul. 8th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Hi, you don't know me and probably have lots of volunteers already but just in case ... I'm Scottish and live just across the water from Edinburgh. I'd be happy to volunteer.

Jul. 8th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you--I somehow did end up with enough volunteers now, but hopefully I can keep you on call if I have last-minute questions!

I knew someone from Kirkcaldy...you live near there, perhaps?
Jul. 9th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
That's cool, I thought you'd probably have enough volunteers. I'll look out for it once it comes out - I usually print edition, but maybe it's time to get with the technology ...
I'm at the same end of Fife as Kirkcaldy, just round the coast a bit. Small world!
( 5 comments — Leave a comment )