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The Iron Door Beta Reader

Thank you for agreeing to read the first draft of The Iron Door! You can download the PDF by clicking the image at the right.

Any and all comments or criticism are welcome and appreciated. Here are some specific questions to think about:

1. Did the story hold your interest from the very beginning? If not, why not?

2. Did you get oriented fairly quickly at the beginning as to whose story it is, and where and when it’s taking place? If not, why not?

3. Could you relate to the main character? Did you feel her/his pain or excitement?

4. Did the setting interest you, and did the descriptions seem vivid and real to you?

5. Was there a point at which you felt the story started to lag or you became less than excited about finding out what was going to happen next? Where, exactly?

6. Were there any parts that confused you? Or even frustrated or annoyed you? Which parts, and why?

7. Did you notice any discrepancies or inconsistencies in time sequences, places, character details, or other details?

8. Were the characters believable? Are there any characters you think could be made more interesting or more likeable?

9. Did you get confused about who’s who in the characters? Were there too many characters to keep track of? Too few? Are any of the names or characters too similar?

10. Did the dialogue keep your interest and sound natural to you? If not, whose dialogue did you think sounded artificial or not like that person would speak?

11. Did you feel there was too much description or exposition? Not enough? Maybe too much dialogue in parts?

12. Was there enough conflict, tension, and intrigue to keep your interest?

13. Was the ending satisfying? Believable?

14. Did you notice any obvious, repeating grammatical, spelling, punctuation or capitalization errors? Examples?

15. Do you think the writing style suits the genre? If not, why not?

Some Things To Keep In Mind:

Please have comments back to me by March 1st if possible.

Be honest. I need straight talk, not a pat on the back.

If you notice a continuity error or plot inconsistency, please make note of it. I started this ten years ago and probably forgot or changed details between bouts of writing!

Anyone who submits comments will receive mention in the acknowledgements, and a PDF copy when the book is published. Also, if you ever need a favor, I owe you one.

Thank you so much!!!

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