The Bard Class
Story Critique and Beta Reading for Fantasy and Science Fiction Stories
You want to bring your world, with all of its magic and mystery, gods and demons, starships and alien experiments, into a powerful, well-crafted, and polished story. To do this you need unbiased analysis of the impact of your story from a reader's point of view.
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As every bard knows, the best way to hone a story is to test it in front of an audience. Story Critique (also called beta reading) is a way to see what a reader will think of your story. Instead of looking at your writing as an editor would (with a critical eye for mistakes and details) I'll simply read your story (as if I had picked it up in a bookstore) and use my professional insight to give you my honest, raw feedback on the impact and effectiveness of your book from your audience's point of view.