Medical Beta Reading Services
You've written a mystery, one with a body in it, and you know from your own reading that mystery readers will expect you to get the details right. (You have been reading in your chosen genre, haven't you?)
But how do you do that?
Research will help, but without first-hand experience, it's hard to know exactly what all that information you found on the Internet (or in a medical reference book) means.
Worse, it's hard to tell how much information to include at what point in your narrative. You want to hold back the critical detail until your sleuth can reveal it with a flourish, having diligently detected throughout the manuscript. And you don't want to overwhelm your readers with gore, especially if you are writing a cozy. It's a delicate balance between too much and too little; too soon and too late.
A traditional beta reader can offer a fresh set of eyes on the novel as a whole, focusing on the storyline, the flow, the building tension, and the climax, looking for anything that stops the story in its tracks. A Medical Beta Reader also focuses on the bodies - not just the dead one, but the living as well. Does your heroine faint, take to the bottle, or survive an attack? Does the hero suffer debilitating injuries the evening before, then carry the heroine up the stairs the next day? Inconsistencies can cause readers to stop reading, discard your book, and leave scathing reviews.
But there is a solution. Hand your work to someone who knows the human body.
I am an RN with more than thirty years of experience working with patients in a variety of settings, and twenty more teaching nurses how NOT to kill patients.
I will read your completed manuscript and give you feedback on the medical details in it, what works and what doesn't, and - most importantly - how to reveal just the right amount of information at just the right time.
I am also an author. I have four murder mysteries in print and another set to release this year. I love writing, and I love mysteries, and I love helping fellow writers. (Just ask my writers' group!) Let me help you, too. Because getting the details right means building credibility with your fan base, which means more books, and (if you care about this sort of thing) more sales.
It's a win/win/win. Your readers get a book they can enjoy. You get the warm glow of a job well done. And the world will be a better place with your work in it.