My darlings, I'm putting out a call to any and all who love Science Fiction and Fantasy: Dana wants you to keep her honest.
Dana needs Wise Readers.
A Wise Reader is not the author's cheerleader, although there are times when it's appropriate to don a short skirt and shake pom-poms. No, the Wise Reader is the author's kick in the arse. They read the author's first drafts, rip the author a new one (constructively, mind), and force the author to actually improve the damned story. They tell the author exactly what they liked, and why, but more importantly what fell and bloodied the story's nose, and why. The author's task in all of this is to just sit there and take the punishment. Then the author drags her bruised butt back to the story and improves it.
Think of it this way: remember all those books you've read where you've wanted to give the author a piece of your mind in no uncertain terms? Well, this is your chance.
An author needs Wise Readers for another reason: deadline pressure. And I'm in serious need of some deadline pressure here.
I've been a bad, bad fiction writer, and haven't written any fiction in absolute ages. This stops now. As of yesterday, I'm taking one hour per day away from bashing teh stoopid and actually working on the stories that will rebuild my storytelling muscles. Got to build my stamina for that Magnum Opus that's been demanding to be written since 2006, not to mention the Magnum Opi that have been patiently queued up since I was knee-high to a short beaver. And, like any athelete, I shall need coaches, personal trainers, and people forcing me to push through the pain.
If you want to be one of those mentioned on the Acknowledgements page as "Couldn't have done this without...," all you have to do is drop me a quick note at dhunterauthor at yahoo dot com. By August, you will be getting a story in your inbox to Wisely Read.
Muchos gracias in advance.