I’m looking for beta readers and critique partners.

More below if interested. Updated August 30, 2021.

"Blue Beyond the Sea"

short story - 9,000 words (30 pages)

historical fiction + magic realism

THE BARON IN THE TREES  + 

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE

Though a woman of water, legendary Edigna of France hears the voice of a linden tree. She flees an arranged marriage, creating a home in the boughs of a tree. A story of love and art, of magic and the power of calling.

I’m hoping for a quick turn around (a few days or week), as there are some contests I hope to enter in the next couple weeks. If you don’t have time right now—no worries! I’ll have new work soon.

THE HISTORY OF STARLIGHT

novel - read of the first 10 pages + query letter

historical fiction

UPROOTED x THE BOOK OF LONGINGS

This is the story of the battle against oblivion. It begins with a girl, long ago. 

Jerusalem, 978 BCE. A reckless princess and surly warrior-scribe must secure their nation's legacy in a world bursting with rebellions and betrayals.

I’d love feedback on my first ten pages and my query letter. I’m mostly curious to where you’d place it with category and genre.

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Nothing you want to read but still want to connect?

In a few months, I’ll have a sloppy second (third?) draft of another novel. So if you’re not up for reading one of the above—no worries, I’ll have something new soon. Here's a link to my other projects.

Um, but what is a beta reader?

 

Beta reader: Do you read? Fantastic. I’d love your feedback. Essentially I’d love anyone who thinks they’d maybe pick up my work anyway. I’m curious about a general reader’s thoughts.

Critique partner: Do you write? I’d love to find a group of writers to share work with.

 

Me: My work is historical fiction and magic realism. I love big-picture character work and finding what doesn't work logically in the world of your story. I can be an intense line editor. And I'm merciless about cutting purposeless words, paragraphs, scenes, and characters. I think CPs should be sensitive, compassionate, and gentle -- but honest.

Looking for: I enjoy magic realism, speculative, book club, upmarket, romance, historical fiction, adventure, and fantasy. I love character-driven, imaginative worlds, and humor. And I ALWAYS want a romance. Not only romance novels but a love story threaded through--think WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING or THE NIGHT CIRCUS. I'm not a great fit for dark or a work with lots of CWs. I like deep but get haunted easily.

If you think we may be a fit, send me an email and let's chat more!

 

laura@lauravogt.com