I’ve been writing and reading friends’ stories informally for some time but I figured now would be a good time for me to expand my writing social circle. As such, I am offering to read the first chapter (no 20,000 word “chapters” please) of any story offered to me. There’s no application, no screener questions, I will read and give detailed feedback of any first chapter offered. No payment or favor of any kind is required, this service is free with no strings, literal or figurative, attached.
So why am I making such an open offer? Because I am as much an enthusiastic story reader as I am an author, and to show appreciation for talented authors, every week on Monday at 8 pm Eastern Time Zone, I will be sharing the story I was most impressed by the previous week both here on this thread and on my profile page for my followers to see. Of course, follows or reads of my work would be well appreciated but I think of those more as donations than necessary payment.
To ensure all writers who request my services get consistent quality feedback, I have standardized my critiques into the following three discrete categories which I’ll rate on a scale from 1-5, with 5 being a perfect score. As well, there will be a detailed explanation for why I gave it the rating I did.
- Is the main character a person or a prop?
- Is information conveyed through exposition or narrative?
- Does the plot as set up make sense and did I want to know what happened next?
Follow up reading of 2nd chapters and beyond will depend on whether I like the story or not so don’t offer me a chapter if you aren’t prepared for blunt feedback.
What I do guarantee for everyone though is an analytical breakdown of what drew me in or repulsed me in the first chapter as a reader, whether I think the premise of the story is interesting (keep in mind, it’ll only be an opinion), and all possible changes I could think of as an author to make it a more compelling opening hook. All of this within 24 hours, 7 days of the week (yes, I will admit I don’t really have much of a life :/)
A like/heart on your response means I’ve seen and put your story on my list.
While it is true that I will read any genre, I feel it’s only fair I give you some idea of my own background/areas of expertise.
Most Read Genre: Sci Fi, Fantasy is a close 2nd
Areas of Study: Biochemistry (formal schooling), Quantum Mechanics (more of a minor but also school), world history (for worldbuilding research)
Miscellaneous: I am asexual (meaning be VERY wary of asking me anything about a trope related to love/romance)