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I need *another* reader for the Tower!Guy story. I need someone who is willing to be a) nitpicky and b) honest in the kind of way that leaves teethmarks. The novel is 120,000 words, fantasy, and I'm willing to put it into any kind of electronic format you need.

Why do I ask this favor of you, my f-list?

I had lunch today with [livejournal.com profile] lagringa, and we talked about the Tower!Guy story. She had some really, really important things to say about it, and pointed out a lot of the places where the novel, was, well, *broken*.

She was abso-freakin'-lutely right about all of it, too.

I suffer from Clear Forehead Syndrome. It's where a writer believes, mistakenly, that their forehead is clear so that readers can just peek in and see what their thought processes are and know everything about a story that they do.

The main symptom of which is: I don't recognize that you, the viewer, have not lived in my head with this story for months, pouring over every single detail. Thus, you don't know all the information I do. So sometimes I have to explain things.

Also, I need to take a clarity stick to my novel and beat it like a redheaded stepchild.

She also suggested, in the middle of my first, best, and only experience with Greek food (I gotta try it more often, it was delicious), that I get another reader. So, I'm asking.

What she said has given me a lot of things to chew on, and has renewed my determination to get this thing *right*. I want to submit it somewhere, I want to really give this thing a proper go.

I thought I was going to do that a year ago, when Revenant Blues had been revised to death - but I chickened out. I refuse to turn back this time.

Date: 2007-09-03 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lagringa.livejournal.com
I hope I was helpful! Thanks for letting me read it.

Date: 2007-09-04 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ecmyers.livejournal.com
I would be tempted to help out, but I wouldn't be able to read it for a while, since I'm still revising my own novel. I also don't read a lot of high fantasy, if that's what this is... But if you don't find another taker, and you don't need it in a rush, maybe we can talk?

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