I need YOU to make my books the best they can be. And best of all, you read my books for FREE before anybody else even knows they exist.
The best books aren’t born, they’re made, and you can help shape the future of my books before they’re even published. (And it’s a fun way to earn your spot in the book’s Acknowledgments page for all eternity!)
Awesome readers like you are the secret sauce! 🙂
Frequently Asked Questions
Use the links below to find answers to your questions. Hit the up arrow to jump back up here afterward.
- What do I get if I join Traci’s Reader Team?
- How can I read an Advance Review Copy (ARC) before a book comes out?
- What will I be reading?
- What do you need from me? How does it work?
- Do you have any examples of early draft feedback?
- What if I have some bad news?
- Deadlines? What deadlines?
- What’s this about StoryOrigin review and beta copies?
- What’s this about BookFunnel?
- Can I share or discuss the book with other people?
- How does this work?
- What’s the timing?
- Where do I sign up?
What do I get if I join Traci’s Reader Team?
Good question! You get:
- To read my books FREE
- To read them before they’re published
- Secret info about my writing and publishing process
- My undying gratitude for your insightful feedback
- The opportunity to shape the future of my published books and of my author career
- During the early feedback phases, you’ll get your name in the Acknowledgments of each book you give feedback on (ebook and print versions)
- During Advance Review Copy (ARC) phases, members of Traci’s Advance Review Team (TART) can read near-final copies of the book a few weeks before it’s published!
Plus, you’re getting in on the ground level, and will totally have bragging rights over everyone who comes after.
With your help, I’m going to make my books take off, and everyone who sees your name in the Acknowledgements will know you are one of the first who ever saw this series come to life!
So be sure to volunteer when I need early feedback!
To get YOUR review copy a few weeks before one of my books is published on Amazon, you’ll need to join Traci’s Advance Review Team.
TART, as I like to call it, is a smaller part of Traci’s Reader Team. You can be on both.
Find out how to get ARCs here:
Our Fae Queen is a six-book series that’s past the early feedback stage and is now in the ARC phase. To get an ARC a few weeks before each book is published, you’ll need to join TART. Depending on when you join, you’ll get to read multiple books for FREE.
Of course, you’ll need to read the first few books on Amazon or Kindle Unlimited to know what’s going on in the later books!
Most OFQ books are around 95,000 to 100,000 words long. (Compare to other books here to help visualize what this means… Zoom in.)
I’ve also started drafting up a NEW second-chance romance meets enemies-to-lovers reverse harem series involving vamps, demons, and witches that will be ready for early feedback soon!
Free books in exchange for your feedback or reviews! Not bad.
Here’s some more info about Our Fae Queen…
A sweeping romantic fantasy tale of Gloriana’s journey from a shy college student to a Fae queen unlike any who came before.
Along the way, she must balance loyalty to her human friend and their shared dreams against the needs of the Fae people who are counting on their queen to restore their long-lost magic. To do so, Gloriana will need to renew the fading Tree of Life by bonding with five ethereally handsome Fae consorts.
Legends say that every hundred millennia a Queen of Queens will rise…
Note: 18+ only. Book 1 contains scenes of trauma dealt by the baddies, but no sexual violence. All intimate encounters with Glori’s consorts are consensual.
In the six-book Our Fae Queen series, Glori will find limitless love with multiple Fae. Steamy group scenes in later books involve M/M but are always focused on Glori.
- Full-length novels
- New adult fantasy romance
- Reverse harem
- Slow-burn (5 consorts gathered over 6 books)
- Steamy stories with substance!
Expect unusual shapeshifters, a different take on faerie myths, and a sheltered heroine finding her inner strength with help from the men she comes to love. If you enjoy slow-burn romantic tension spanning two worlds, you’ll devour Traci Lovelot’s RH series, Our Fae Queen.
What do you need from me? How does it work?
As part of my team, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in every part of the process:
- providing me with your input on my early drafts
- reading the final drafts before publication in the form of ARCs (Advance Reader Copies)
- sending me typos anytime you find them, even if it’s after publication at author (at) tracilovelot.com
On those early drafts, what I need most are your impressions. If I could ride along with you and read your mind as you looked at the story, I’d know exactly what needs fixed. But I’m no mind reader! So tell me what confused you or where you got bored. Once I have your feedback, I can decide how to make the story even better.
As for the ARCs, the books should be in good shape by then, and I’d love an honest review!
Please point out any stubborn typos you find as well.
Do you have any examples of early draft feedback?
If you’re reading one of my early drafts, honestly answering a few of these questions will help me improve the books!
- What’s working? What isn’t?
- What makes you want to keep reading?
- What throws you out of the story?
- Do the characters’ actions and thoughts ring true?
- Are the characters interesting?
- What do you think will happen next?
- Did you notice any inconsistencies? (eye color, height, etc.)
Using StoryOrigin, I’ll ask you a question or two after each chapter to get your input.
Here are examples of the type of feedback I’d appreciate:
- The big battle felt anticlimactic for me. It was too easy.
- Ricton is always angry at everything. It gets old by Chapter 6.
- I don’t understand why Sora reacted this way.
- Every time I see a chapter from Ricton’s point of view, I feel bored and wish I could skip ahead to a Sora chapter.
- I thought Sora’s special powers let her do A, but instead she did B in this scene. This wasn’t well explained.
Impressions are also helpful, because they let me peek into your head and understand whether or not I’m revealing information quickly enough in the story. A few examples:
- I understand that Sora’s special powers let her do this and this, so I bet that will become important in later chapters.
- I totally agree with Ricton’s anger at Sora in this chapter!
- I think this detail is foreshadowing and will be important sometime later.
- I’m really loving the scenery through here.
- I’m dying to know what happens next!
With your help, I want to make these books the best they can be before I publish them!
What if I have some bad news?
Like that you think the story is boring, clichéd, and stupid? If it’s really that bad, this book may just not be for you, especially if you don’t usually read paranormal / fantasy romance or reverse harem.
But if you’ve noticed a major problem with the book and aren’t sure how to give me the disappointing news, here are some suggestions:
- Soften the bad news with some good news
- Avoid sounding like you’re critiquing the author personally (in other words, avoid saying “you”) — instead say something like “I prefer” or “I felt”
- Avoid exclamation points! or ALL CAPS
- Use tactful phrasing: I noticed, to me it seemed like, you might consider, have you thought about, possibly, maybe, I prefer
- Avoid phrases like: you need to, you have to, you must, you shouldn’t, you can’t, don’t, never, always
For more advice on giving bad news and being tactful, visit this page. (Note: It’s not on my site.)
What if you need to quit?
If you can’t finish a book because life gets in the way, that’s okay, just let me know as soon as you can. And if you’re still interested in reading future books for me, I’ll press pause until next time by keeping you as part of the team until you’re ready to get back in action.
Deadlines? What deadlines?
All things come in time. Although I publish myself, that doesn’t mean I don’t have deadlines. I have a publishing schedule to keep on track with everything I’ve promised my readers.
I’ll expect you to keep as close to my deadlines as you can, so that I have time to revise based on your feedback before publication.
Usually the deadlines to read one of my books range from 14 to 30 days.
If you’re involved in the early feedback phase, your name will appear in the print and ebook Acknowledgments of any of the books you finished! (Unfortunately, due to publication timing, ARC readers’ names won’t appear in the Acknowledgements.)
See a more detailed timeline below.
What’s this about StoryOrigin?
StoryOrigin is an amazing service that lets authors and readers interact in lots of great ways.
SO manages Review Copies, so that you can read an ARC weeks before publication and go ahead and type up your review while it’s fresh in your mind. Then it’ll notify you when I publish my book, and you can copy/paste your review from StoryOrigin into Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub!
Another of my favorite StoryOrigin features is Beta Copies, where you can read early drafts of my books and give input during the early feedback phases of my writing process.
Here’s what StoryOrigin’s Beta Copies lets you do:
- Apply for access to each book
- Give overall feedback on each of my chapters
- Give comments on individual lines, sentences, words, etc.
- Answer my questions between chapters
What’s great about this is that I can see where you are in the beta copy of the book so I don’t have to keep bugging you like, “Are you done yet?”
There ARE deadlines. If you give your feedback on the entire book, your name will appear in the final, published Acknowledgments!
Log in to StoryOrigin and go to the beta copies page to give me your early feedback.
What’s this about BookFunnel?
- I’ll beam a new book to you using BookFunnel.
- You’ll use the code to download it or beam it directly to your ereader, Kindle, tablet, smartphone, or other app or device of choice.
- You’ll send typos to me via email.
I’ll email you more detailed instructions once you join the Reader Team.
No, everything I send you must remain confidential. You shouldn’t divulge any story situations, characters, or plot points.
Let’s say I heavily revise the novel based on reader feedback, but you or someone else publicly mentioned details that I significantly changed. Future readers of the final published version would get really confused, because those details may have changed, characters may no longer exist or new characters may be added, whole cities may disappear, etc.
It’s just confusing to someone who never read the draft you helped me revise.
To be clear, no one has my permission to share these files with anyone else. These books are exclusive to Traci’s Reader Team ONLY.
What you CAN say
If you’re excited about the story, definitely share that! Also, feel free to tell people you’re a reader for me, and if they’re interested, send them here! They can sign up to read for free, too.
Talking to other readers
Please turn in your feedback and wait until after the deadline BEFORE talking to other readers about that particular chapter. That way, your review isn’t biased. I’d rather get your uncontaminated and fresh impression.
For instance, if you think Ricton is angry for no reason in this chapter, and then you talk to another reader. They tell you Ricton’s angry because Sora’s more powerful than him. So then you decide not to mention that you were confused. But what if I intended for readers to think that Ricton’s actually angry about his father?
How does this work?
After that, it depends which phase we’re in:
- If you’re reading an early draft, you’ll submit your feedback via StoryOrigin’s beta copies portal.
- As for ARCs (Advance Reader Copies), I’ll give you a heads up before the release date, so you can leave your review as early as possible when the ebook is released.
- Anytime you find a typo, please let me know, even if it’s after publication! Email me at [email protected]
For the early feedback phase, I’ll ask you exactly how you’d like your name to appear in the Acknowledgments of the ebook and printed book when I publish it. I know sometimes people do/don’t want their last name, prefer a nickname, or want a middle initial. (Unfortunately, due to publication timing, ARC readers’ names won’t appear in the Acknowledgements.)
Then I’ll send you the next book to read!
If you fall behind, you can keep reading as long as it’s just a couple weeks behind.
If you’re really far behind but might want to read for me again in the future, just let me know. I’ll push pause and stop sending you email reminders until the next round.
What’s the timing?
- OFQ4 ARCs: Available at the end of September (please review as close to the release date in late October as possible!)
- OFQ5 ARCs: Available at the end of December (please review as close to the release date in late January 2022 as possible!)
- OFQ6 ARCs: Available at the end of March 2022 (please review as close to the release date in late April 2022 as possible!)
- NEW SERIES early feedback phase should start sometime around Feb. 2022!
- NEW SERIES review phase will start just before publication, which is a moving target, but I’m guessing sometime around Dec. 2022.
- Hoping to start publishing the new series in early 2023!
- I’ll email you when the books are released so you can brag to everyone 😉
Join us below to share your feedback!
Okay! I’ll give you feedback. Where do I sign up?
Yay! Please join us by entering your email below! If you have any questions not addressed on this page, feel free to email me at author (at) tracilovelot.com
Thanks for agreeing not to share my books or details about the plot with other people!
You can read more about the team and the type of feedback I’d like you to send me above.