Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Readers Needed

We're less than four months from the release of A Soft Breath of Wind. Aaaaaggghhh! Exciting, but also a little panic-inducing. See, it's been a long time since WhiteFire has put out one of my books. And as I'm one of WhiteFire's editors, I'm a little paranoid about the editing on this one, LOL. Because we all know authors can't find all the mistakes in their own books. And while I trust our other editors implicitly, having many sets of eyes on a book is still vital.

So I decided that this book needs some beta readers. Beta readers are folks who agree to read a digital version of the book and note any mistakes they find. I'm also, of course, going to need some endorsers and influencers.

Are you interested in reading an advance copy of A Soft Breath of Wind (you can find a blurb of the book at the bottom of this post)? If so, email me at roseanna at roseannawhite dot com and let me know which role you'd like to fill. The breakdown and time requirements are as follows:

August - Endorsers

In just a few weeks, I'll send out copies in your choice of format (digital or paperback), for you to read (either partially or in full) and consider for endorsement. To endorse, you must be:
  • A published author with a decent following (preferably in historical fiction)
  • A high-profile reviewer
Endorsements will be due back by September 1. There will be space for one or two on the cover of the paperback version, and the rest will go on an interior fly page. If you also wanted to post a review to websites and blogs after release, you wouldn't hear me argue. ;-)

September - Beta Readers

These spots are filled - unless you're such a fabulous editor that I just can't pass you up. ;-)

In early September, I'll send out digital copies of the book (your choice of format) and you will:
  • Find typos
  • Let me know any places that aren't clear
  • Mark any other mistakes you see
  • Give me your overall impressions
  • (Optional) agree to post a review once the book releases, if your opinion is favorable
Beta readers must agree to have a list of things to be fixed emailed to me within two weeks of receiving the book, to give me time to input these final changes before finalizing the manuscript.

October - Influencers

Spot left only for digital copies!

In late October, I'll send out your choice of format (digital or paperback) of final copies of the book. In return for this free book, you agree to read it and do at least a couple of the following:
  • Post reviews on retailer and review sites (Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc.)
  • Buy a copy for everyone you see in the grocery line
  • Blog about it (assuming you have a blog)
  • Have the cover tattooed across your forehead
  • Talk it up to all your friends (and book clubs!)
  • Take out an airplane banner ad for it
  • Request your library stock it
  • Invest in a giant blinking sign for your roof that says "Buy A Soft Breath of Wind!"
  • Request your bookstores stock it
  • Leave some bookmarks/postcards with libraries or stores or in waiting rooms
Now, all those influencing suggestions (ahem) hinge on you liking the book. As a reviewer who gets copies through the publishing house, you are welcome to post a negative review. But an influencer is not meant to be unbiased--an influencer is meant to be Team Roseanna. So if you read the book and hate it, just don't ever breathe a word, LOL. If you like/love it, please spread the word!

While it's obviously best if you can do some of these (the reviewing at least) as close to the November 15 release date as possible, there's no time limit on this one--a positive review and word-of-mouth is helpful at any time! So while I appreciate you getting right on this, I'm not going to get mad if life gets in the way and you don't get a review up for a couple months. =)

Are you interesting in taking on one of these roles? Or a couple (you could both beta and influence, for example)? Please let me know ASAP! (Influencer space is limited) Again, my email address is roseanna at roseannawhite dot com, or you can leave a comment below with your email address and I'll contact you. =)

About A Soft Breath of Wind

A gift that has branded her for life.

Zipporah is thirteen when the Spirit descends upon her, opening her eyes to a world beyond the physical goings-on of the villa outside Rome she has always called home. Within hours, she learns what serving the Lord can cost. Forever scarred after a vicious attack, she knows her call is to use this discernment to protect the Way. She knows she must serve the rest of her life at Tutelos, where the growing Roman church has congregated. She knows her lot is set.

Yet is it so wrong to wish that her master, the kind and handsome young Benjamin Visibullis, will eventually see her as something more than a sister in Christ?

Samuel Asinius, adoptive son of a wealthy Roman, has always called Benjamin brother. When their travels take them to Jerusalem for Passover, the last thing he expects is to cross paths with the woman who sold him into slavery as a child the mother he long ago purged from his heart. His sister, Dara, quickly catches Benjamin s eye, but Samuel suspects there is something dark at work.

When Dara, a fortune-teller seeking the will of a shadowy master determined to undermine the Way, comes into the path of Zipporah, a whirlwind descends upon them all.

Only the soft wind of the Spirit can heal their scars...with a love neither divination nor discernment could foresee.


  1. Good morning Roseanna,
    Congratulations on your new book!

    I would be happy to help you out in reading your new book, A Soft Breath of Wind.
    I could do the beta reader & the influencer....(just so you know, I have not proof-read a book before).
    Will send you an email too.
    Blessings, Tina Rice

  2. You already know I want to be a beta reader and I am (if I do say so myself) a GREAT influencer :)

    1. Gee, you do? ;-) I'll put you down as both! Make sure you email me or message me on FB sometime with your email address, and with your physical address if you want a paperback for the influencing. =)

  3. This book sounds fabulous. I would love to help you out. I can definitely handle the job of influencer. I have never actually proofread a book but I do tend to spot any typos that are left in books that I read. If you don't get as many beta readers as you would like I will be happy to help that way also. You can contact me at: debbiewilder(at)comcast(dot)net

    1. Thanks, Debbie! For now I put you down as an influencer, but if I need more beta readers, I'll let you know! And will email you to see what version of the book you'd like and an address if you prefer paperback. =)

  4. I would love to be an influencer! I have a blog with almost 200 reviews, foundachristianbyhisgrace.blogspot.com, and I post reviews to Amazon, CBD, B&N, Deepershopping and Goodreads. I would love a paperback copy, because I keep all my favorite books, and after The Culper Ring series I'm eager to read this one.
    Thank you for the chance to sign up!
    Faith Farrell mickeydog@myfairpoint.net

  5. I just emailed you - I would love to do Beta and Influencing for you. Thank you griperang at embarqmail dot com

    1. Putting you on the list and keeping an eye out for the email. =)

  6. I am interested in being an influencer for sure. This will be a different genre for me to read and review, but I have really enjoyed your previous works. If you run short on Beta Readers, I read really fast and pick up typos, etc. all the time in books, so I think I could be of some help there, too. I will send you an email. rmaney@firstarpchurch.org

  7. I would love to be influencer. I hope I am not to late. Thank you! lisastifler@yahoo.com

    1. You're not too late at all, Lisa! Just send me an email at roseanna at roseannawhite dot com letting me know whether you prefer digital or paperback, and if paperback, your mailing address. =)

  8. I wish I could be a beta reader, but you see, I have this book due in March and I need to write more words faster. I don't think I could beta read in a two-week period. But I could squeeze in endorsing if you still need someone.

    1. LOL And I know those editors of yours are absolute tyrants, so we don't want to interrupt your writing! Will email you about endorsing. =)

    2. Yes, absolute tyrants.

  9. Hi Roseanna

    I would love to be an influencer. I work in marketing in Namibia and have a blog, unfortunately it's a fashion blog. Lol

    My email address is elzitabeukes@gmail.com

  10. I would also love to be an influencer. Anything to get a copy of a Roseanna White book!!!

    1. Email me to let me know digital or paper, Anne! And with your address, if paper. I know I have it somewhere, but...

  11. Hi Rosanna,

    I emailed you, but it failed to deliver so I'll try again. I'd be happy to be a beta reader and an influencer. Just in case my email doesn't go through, my email address is annaATannaweaverbooksDOTcom. Thanks!

  12. Hi, I would be happy to be an influencer, if there is still an opening for that. I would also like to accompany the review with an author interview of you if possible. My blog hosts interviews and reviews for authors, and many of my followers would love your writing!

    My email is scheele. sarahlynn@gmail.com. I would prefer a digital copy. You can see my blog here if you're curious. stardustandgravel.blogspot.com

    1. There are digital spots left, yes! And I'd love to do an interview. I'll shoot you an email here in a minute. =)

    2. I've tried to email you at sarahlynn@gmail.com, but it keeps failing. Is that the correct address?

    3. Sorry, it's scheele.sarahlynn@gmail.com. My phone kept auto correcting to all capital letters so I left a space between the SCHEELE and the dot. I am still figuring out my machine's quirks!

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  14. I would love to be an influencer for you again! I was able to spread the word and get others to buy Whispers from the Shadows and a couple of your other books and I would be more than happy to do so again. :)