Wow! I am overwhelmed by the responses to my previous post. My LJ friends certainly are suckers for punishment generous souls!

What I've done is made a short list of the folks whose input I think would be most helpful at this particular point, and I'm going to post the first three chapters of Indigo to a private filter and let them have at it. However, if you did not end up on the list this time around, you are by no means out of the running -- there will still be opportunity for you to volunteer again when I've got more chapters (or even the whole book) done, if you'd like.

Thanks so much to all of you who offered to help me out, and even more thanks in advance to my new crack beta-reading team!
Well, I have the first three chapters of Touching Indigo written -- finally, a proper partial to go with my synopsis. These chapters have already benefited from the critical eyes of [livejournal.com profile] lizbee and [livejournal.com profile] cesario, but I could use some more input, particularly from readers who have some experience or knowledge of:

a) criminal law, particularly in regard to psychiatric patients;
b) psychiatric counselling and therapy, particularly in the context of a hospital;
c) the effects of anti-psychotics and anti-depressants;
d) mental illnesses in general;
e) synaesthesia.

I've done a fair bit of research into all of the above, but I know without a doubt there will be things I've overlooked or simply didn't know enough to look up.

Anyway, if you don't mind reading three chapters of my original paranormal YA and giving me whatever thoughts, questions and criticisms that occur to you, I would be grateful. Though the down side to all this, aside from the work involved, is that you only get three chapters and then you will be stuck waiting for an indefinite period of time until I've written the rest! But if you like the book enough to want to continue, let me know and I will keep you in mind for future reference.

If you're interested, please comment on this post and let me know -- especially if you're an expert in one of the areas noted above. Comments will be screened for your privacy. Thanks!

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