As an experiment, I sent my short story That Time We Played Spin The Bottle to a beta reader. A beta reader is not a professional editor. They’re someone who enjoys reading and can give unbiased feedback on written work. Although beta reading is often an unpaid exchange, I decided to hire a professional beta reading company to speed things up.
While I’m working on my novel (ironing out the kinks and removing plot holes) I will be releasing various short story vignettes from that world involving characters from the book. I am currently finishing up the first short story and would like to have that online by Monday. The first short story takes place in 1985, seven years before the novel and goes into detail a conversation had in the book. If I’ve done my job correctly, each short story should stand on its own, but make good additions to the novel. It should also serve to introduce readers to my characters and the world they live in. I will…