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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!


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?