I will finish my edits of Hard as Roxx tomorrow, after spending a week integrating editor’s and beta readers’ comments. I still like the book, though I wonder if it starts quickly enough for some. As is true in most of my stories, there are a number of plot points, and seemingly small details become significant as the book progresses. In any case, Roxx is a badass, and one of my favorite characters.
I’m still looking for a couple of dedicated readers, as though I’ve received comments and positive feedback, I’ve yet to have anyone read through the book. I’m no longer looking for proofreading and the like. Instead, I’m looking for readers’ perspectives: Are there plot holes? Does the story drag in spots? Is it interesting? Even though Sci Fi, is it believable?
My writing style, due to my establishing characters up front instead of just torturing two-dimensional shells, I believe loses some less patient readers. (From my 1st 2 books, I’ve sometimes gotten reviews like, “Boy, am I glad I stuck with the story.) I believe books should build continuously, and the end should be better than the start.
In this book, I’ve been told that I’ve created a world that, though 125 years in an vastly changed future, is just west of normal. One beta reader likened it to Steampunk, meaning she could see a world that existed in these rules. Another suggested I tone down a child’s smart mouth. Those are the kinds of things that are invaluable to a writer.
Right now, I am undecided about publication. I had a small publishing imprint interested in publishing my book, but I’ve since realized they have no more idea how to sell than I do, so I’ve pulled it back. I can either self-publish it, suffer the debasement of trying (choke, spit) traditional publishing (not bloody likely), or just leave it on my shelf of unpublished work.
If you are 1) interested in reading the book, 2) have time to read it in a reasonable time period, and 3) are committed to either finishing it or telling me its too boring to finish, I’d be very grateful to have you read it. I provide the work in pdf, Kindle, or ePub form.
Oh, and reward? Kindess is its own reward, dude.
* Potential readers should know there is adult language (cussing), violence, and non-explicit sexuality. Fans of science fiction, badass women, motorcycles, feminism, rapists getting the shit kicked out of them, moms, female leads, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Lee, genetics, robots, and future technology are especially welcome. Inquire within.