My process for choosing the stories I read is simple–I read anywhere from the first line, to the first paragraph, to the first couple of paragraphs. If I like what I am reading, I add the story to my main reading list. If I don’t like it, I remove it from whatever list it was on and move on.
Here is what I am offering:
For any story submitted, I will read anywhere from the first sentence to the first couple of paragraphs. At the point where I stopped, I will post a comment explaining why I added the story to my list–or why I didn’t.
There are a lot of reasons why I don’t continue on–some are within the writer’s control, and some are not. If there are grammar, spelling, POV, or other glaring errors early on in the story, I will not read on. If this is the case with your story, I will point out the issue to you, so you can fix it and hopefully hook the next reader.
The second reason I do not continue reading is that I just didn’t like the story. It’s probably nothing personal, and if this is the case, but I will let you know the reason.
If I do add your story to my reading list, you may request a formal critique of your first chapter or a Read for Read. (You will be notified via comment if this is the case). Requests for formal critiques can be made through DM @AprilCox7. Please do not request a critique or Read for Read unless your story has been added to my reading list.
Payment: **There is no payment required unless your story is added, and you would like me to critique your story. ** In that case, I ask that you read the first chapter of my book, The Unspeakables, and leave a brief comment to show you have read it. In the case of a read for read, please contact me first before beginning the read, so I know to add your story to a read for read list.
All requests for initial reads will be accepted (meaning the first sentence to first couple of paragraphs read, along with a 1-3 sentence comment on whether I liked it or not), but here is what is more likely to make my reading list:
Books that have at least 3+ chapters and are updated regularly. The more chapters your book has, the more likely I am to read it because what I don’t want, is to become interested in your story and to get to the end and find out that it hasn’t been updated since 2017. Completed books are most welcome.
Books with close narration, like subjective first person or limited third person. I do read other narration styles, but it is harder to hook me on those. I am more likely to want to read your book if I connect to a character right away.
If your book has a modern fantasy theme, scifi, or is written about a fandom that I particularly like–I do read fanfiction as well as original stories. For a list of fandoms that have caught my attention in the past, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Your first couple of paragraphs should not have any tense errors, spelling errors, or any major grammatical or punctuation errors. Every once in a while, a story with errors such as these will have something that really gets my attention and causes me to want to read on, but it is rare.
I do not read poetry, RPF, or memes of any kind.
If you are interested, please submit a link to your story below, and I will check it out. Because this thread has had more activity than expected, I will not be able to respond same day any longer. When you link your story, I will add it to a queue and work on approximately five stories each day.
Harry Potter (my favorite–I am always looking for new Harry Potter books to read)
Marvel (especially based off of the Avengers or The X-Men)
Phineas and Ferb
Girl Meets World
That’s all I can think of off the top of my head, but it is in no way an exhaustive list.
- @infIorescent–Girls of a Feather