Thursday, November 12, 2009

Any Takers?

I've spent the entire day today and most of last night revising the beginning of BEAUTY SECRETS. So now comes the fun part, sending it out into the world and asking for a critique.

Would any of you fine folks be interested in reading the first 20 pages of my MS? I'm not looking for a line edit, but more of an overall opinion. Basically I'm wondering if I've set the story up enough to hook you, and if I've given you enough time to know my protagonist before diving into the mystery aspect of the novel.

My mantra for the last twelve hours has been, "Set up the story. You need to set up the story. Set up the story. You need to set up the story."

So...Let me know if you're down to help me out!

Thanks guys!


Wendy Sparrow said...

I'd love to.

bug at sparrow dot us

Steph Damore said...

Thanks Wendy - I've sent it your way!

Bane of Anubis said...

Steph, I'd be happy to -- FYI, it's not really my genre, so my feedback would be more general/less genre related.

If you're interested, you can email me at

Steph Damore said...

Thanks Bane! (wait, you're name's not Bane?! JK) I emailed it off to you. I think it's great it's not really your genre - a diverse audience is a good thing!

Wendy Sparrow said...

Done! I emailed it back with my comments in the document. Let me know if it doesn't come back quite right.

You're full of awesome, Steph!

Diana Paz said...

If you like, I would be happy to take a look at it.

dianap698 (at) gmail (dot) com

TLH said...

I'd love to read it! Fantasy/Scifi are sort of my "expertise", but I'm a big fan of mystery as well. I've always wanted to read some of your work!

Pop me an email at if you want!


Stephanie Thornton said...

I'd be happy to critique!

thorntonstephanie at hotmail dot com

Steph Damore said...

Diana, Tara & Steph:

Awesome! Thanks ladies for volunteering. I've sent the first 17 pages off for you to check out. Let me know if you have any questions!

AND, thank you Wendy & Bane for your comments. It's already helped tremendously.

Diana Paz said...

Hi Steph, I just wanted to say you are a gifted writer. I know I'm not the sweetest beta on the block, and I hope my belief in your awesomeness came through.

Steph Damore said...

Diana - no worries. Everyone's comments were super helpful, insightful and wonderful. Thanks again.