Click here for a summary of all my film feature projects.
Below are links to some of the writing I've done or have planned:
Editors I've used and recommend.
Screenplay Editors I've used and recommend.
Screenplay Coverage readers I've used and recommend.
Book reviews for things I beta read and got published.
Book reviews for books I otherwise enjoyed and want to promote.
Movie reviews, though the focus will often be on my thoughts about the movie as made.
I do alpha and beta reading for novels and short stories. I do it no charge as a way to give back to the community. However, I'm picky. I ask that your work be finished (unless I've worked with you before and know you'll get the story done), as I don't like getting hooked on a story only to find the author loses interest. It doesn't have to be clean, but I do ask that you've proofread it after having set it to the side for at least a week.
I prefer Word compatible, though I typically read using LibreOffice Writer, as that way I can make comments as I go. I've done PDFs a couple of times, but find the experience quite unsatisfactory. I don't read on a phone/tablet/etc., so no point in those formats.
I'm very interested in authors who want to experiment, but it has to be readable. I read for entertainment, not to get a headache, so if you're trying something really off the wall, I'm probably not a good first choice. If a few other people have read it and encouraged you, then I'm willing to take a look. While the sorts of books I purchase are generally limited to scifi, I like the ability to experience other genres that beta reading gives and have read, and enjoyed, such things as romance.
I particularly like erotica, but MF or FF only. Really dark stuff is perfectly fine with me; I visit a lot of dark places on the 'net. However, I'm not interested in visualizing MM. I've read historical fiction and enjoyed that as well, as well as romances, like I mention before. Steamy romances are favored, but not a requirement.
Areas that are of specific interest to me:
I have also started screenwriting, so am willing to take a look at your script, if you like. Similar caveats as above, and I'll also be looking at the formatting (since formatting is so important), so in that case, PDF is probably the only practical way to go about it. Personally, I write using Fountain, and can look at it that way, in a Word compatible format, if you prefer.
If you think you'd like my input (I won't be offended if you don't! I got lots of my own things to work on), reach out to me via my contact page with your working title, the genre you feel is the best fit and some sort of description of what your story is like. I don't expect an award winning blurb, but I do need to know something about what your story is to know if it's something I'll want to read. If you like, I can help with your blurb/synopsis, whether I read your novel or not, though suggest you post at Goodreads.
If the work sounds interesting enough, I'll gamble on a few chapters. You can send the whole thing, if you like, but I'll only commit to the beginning. If I get hooked by your story, I'll let you know. Of course, if I don't get hooked I'll also let you know, as well as returning your doc with any markup I added as I read.
I do make editorial markup and find it's almost impossible to avoid doing. If you don't care, just ignore it. I can try and avoid doing so, but I've been doing lots of my own editing so it's practically unconscious. I am NOT any sort of editor, though, so never think the stuff I catch is everything. Always assume you'll need line editing and proofing, at a minimum.
If I like your story and it goes on to be published (self- or otherwise), and I can get a dead-tree version, I'll reread your final version and put a review on Amazon (or wherever) and on my website here. Whether that means anything is anyone's guess.