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A Time to Edit

It’s nearly ready. The next book in the Strengthen What Remains series, A Time to Endure, is in the hands of beta-readers.

In the picture on the right I’m about to mail the first sixteen chapters of A Time to Endure to one of the beta-readers.  

Kyle Pratt with chapters from A Time to Endure

In the upcoming novel, the exciting saga of Major Caden Westmore continues. In the first book of the Strengthen What Remains series, Through Many Fires, nuclear terrorism destroys six American cities, leaving the nation in chaos.

In the second novel, A Time to Endure, the economy teeters on collapse. The dollar plunges, inflation runs rampant, and the next civil war threatens to decimate the wounded country. In the face of tyranny, panic, and growing hunger, Caden struggles to keep his family and town together. But how can he save his community when the nation is collapsing around it?

A third book in the series is planned for next year.

A Time to Endure will be released in paperback and Kindle on December 12th of this year. In early 2015 the novel will be available on on Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and as an Audiobook.

Visiting a Beta-Reader

One of my beta-readers, DeLynn, is a longtime family friend.

Kyle Pratt with DeLynn

Life has taken her away from the area where I live; however, when she came back, to visit family and friends over the 4th of July, we visited.

Most of the time was taken up with reminiscing, eating and fun, but I also had to discuss some business. She was previously a beta-reader for Through Many Fires and has volunteered to do the same for A Time to Endure.

Some of you may be wondering, “What is a beta-reader?” Wikipedia defines it as, “a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling….”

Every author I know has a group of these precious individuals. My beta-readers receive a digital copy of the manuscript before it is released and, using the Microsoft Word track changes function, mark grammar, spelling and continuity errors. They need to be quick readers (2 – 3 weeks to read a book) and a bit of a grammar Nazi. In return they get a signed first edition of the book they read and my gratitude.

At one point, DeLynn mentioned she would like to have her name used for a “nice character” in A Time to Endure. I obliged. Such a sweet character, too bad she dies horribly in the last chapter. (Just kidding, DeLynn!)

My beta-readers will soon be getting chapters of A Time to Endure to read. I’m always looking for a few more readers. If you’re interested in joining the cadre of beta-readers use the contact page on my website to let me know.