Wanted: Steampunk Beta Readers

It’s #FogboundFriday once again, and today I want to talk about…

Beta Readers

I am looking for people who would like to be involved in the Beta Reading of Fogbound before it goes to final edit and publication.
If you are interested in becoming a Beta Reader, all you need to do is go to the Mailing List page and sign up. Make sure you click yes on wanting to be part of the beta reading group and add a few notes as to why you feel you would be a good beta reader and you will be considered when we finalise the list.
As far as I’m concerned, all you need is one or more of the following:

  • The ability to read (Just to warn all our American friends that the book is written in British English, so you may find some spellings not to your tastes.)
    • However, it would be great to get some American English comments about the book and whether it caused any real issues with reading and if it would be worth me looking at a US spelling version of the book in the future.
  • An interest in giving some feedback about what you have read
    • We would appreciate you taking some time out to give us a bit of feedback when you have read the book.
    • If you haven’t been a beta reader before, then we will be looking for comments about your experience reading the book. If there are any problem areas in the book, where something didn’t seem to make sense, or wasn’t explained well enough, or if you just plain didn’t like how it was written or the outcome.
    • We will provide a link to a website where you will be able to leave your feedback, and hopefully we could call on you again for future books in this Fogbound series or other books that I have planned for the future.
  • The ability to read using an e-reader (Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iPad, etc.)
    • We will provide copies in pub and mobi formats which should work with just about all e-readers regardless of make.
    • We will also provide some instructions as to how to get the book onto your e-reader to make the process as easy as possible for you.

If you are selected for the beta reader group, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log your feedback and links to the different e-reader formats for you to download and start your reading.

Save 20% on the RRP of Fogbound

As a thank you for everyone who signs up on the mailing list, we will send you a 20% discount code when Fogbound is published later this year.
If you don’t want to be involved in the beta reading phase, then that’s fine – you can still benefit from signing up to the mailing list which will notify you of Fogbound news and developments, and you will still receive the 20% discount code at launch.


Leeds Steampunk Market: Full Steam Ahead

I will be attending this fantastic Steampunk market at Middleton Railway over the weekend and promoting the Fogbound novel and Roleplaying Game. Trips available on running Steam trains throughout the weekend and plenty of great traders plying their Steampunk goodies. Come and join us for a great day out.
Sat 30th Jun and Sun 1st Jul.
Check out all the details here.
OK, that’s all for now, so until next time, Be Splendid to one another.
#Steampunk #Fogbound



Published by Gareth Clegg

Gareth lives in make-believe worlds somewhere in the dark spaces between fantasy and science fiction. There he converses with imaginary friends and survives on a diet of tea, the finest curries available to humanity, and the occasional slice of Battenberg.

4 thoughts on “Wanted: Steampunk Beta Readers

  1. Being a writer, artist, engineer and avid fan of steampunk, I feel that I would make a fine American beta reader. I’m also quite familiar with British slang if that helps.


  2. I am a graphic designer who designs print and digital magazines and books (ok, I have done only one genre fiction) so have an editor’s and proofreader’s eye but I have beta read several science fiction, horror and fantasy books. I am American but I read a lot of British fiction, especially period.


  3. Hi Diane, thanks for your comments. You sound like an ideal Beta reader and again it would be good to get an American view on the book for your comments. If you sign up on the mailing list page you will be added to the selection list for Beta Readers. http://garethclegg.co.uk/mailing-list


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