05 Jun Beta readers wanted!
Hi everyone … it’s been a busy couple of weeks, and I’m excited to say that I’m finally getting my new eBook ready for publication. It is a collection of Icelandic folk tales, with an introduction explaining the storytelling tradition in Iceland in centuries past, plus a little “field guide” to the apparitions and beings that commonly appear in Icelandic folk stories.
Some of these stories have been published before in a book called Icelandic Folk Legends: Tales of Apparitions, Outlaws and Things Unseen, which some readers of this blog may remember. It was first published in 1998 and again in 2005 or thereabouts, but is now out of print. The publisher has repeatedly said that they will publish it again in hard copy, but they’ve been saying that for about four years now and nothing has happened. At any rate, this new e-collection of stories is somewhat revised, and also has a couple of stories added, plus the aforementioned introduction and guide.
So what’s happening now is that I am looking for five or so volunteers to read the text for me and give me their overall impression, plus tips and pointers if they feel anything is unclear, or if they would like more information about something. This last point is important because when you’re plugged in to a place – and even if you stand with one foot outside of it, like I do – you sometimes stop seeing the forest for the trees and don’t realize that there are blanks that need to be filled in.
Since some of the stories have been published before (and because I am pedantic to a fault) I don’t expect there to be that many spelling or grammar mistakes that need to be caught. It is not a long book – around 15,000 words – and at this point I only have it set up in a Word document. However, it could be switched over to a very rough edition of ePub/.mobi for Kindle or other eReaders in a pinch. In return for this favour you would get my undying gratitude, plus of course a free copy of the finished product.
Any takers? If you would be interested in helping, please send me an email, as opposed to leaving a comment.
Incidentally, this is an experiment that I have been wanting to try out for a while now – essentially to crowdsource the editing and publishing of an eBook with the help of my community of readers, which I feel enormously privileged to have around me. I find it invaluable to get feedback from them (i.e. YOU) about what is interesting or curious about my country or culture, and what they (YOU) would like to know more about. In other words, if there is anything that you would like to see me write about at some point in the future, I’d be very interested to hear it – you can either post that in the comments, or send me an email.
UPDATE: Thanks so much to everyone who got in touch … and to anyone else who might have wanted to participate. I believe I’ve got it covered!