A Chance to Read My Stories Before They’re Published



Would you like to read my stories before they are published? Are you willing to be Beta Reader? I seek Beta Readers for Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon (a picture book story) and A Hippo Learns to Fly (my first board book story*.)

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, Beta Readers read stories before they’re published and provide feedback to the author about their reaction to the written material. I can provide details if you express possible interest. Please let me know if you’d like to be a Beta Reader for either or both of these stories.

*For those who may be curious as to why I wrote a board book story, I’ve received requests from readers with younger children to please write board books. This first attempt was inspired by Kristi and uses ideas from one of my earlier picture books. Thank you for your suggestions, Kristi!

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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18 Responses to A Chance to Read My Stories Before They’re Published

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  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Calling all BETA READERS for TWO books by Russ 👍
    Please contact Russ using the comments under his original post
    via the email address in his About Page at:

  3. I would love ❤️ to be a Beta reader.
    I’ve never done it before. I am a fan of children’s books. Give me the details and I’ll do my best. I did read a short story a friend once before publishing it.
    I hope you have great success.
    Isadora 😎

  4. Do you have some beta readers Russ???

  5. lovessiamese says:

    Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles and commented:
    Attention all book lovers: here is a chance to read books before they are published. You read the manuscript, look for errors in syntax, continuity, and readability, and get back to the author with your comments. (Remember to be constructive; writers have feelings too). Reblogged from https://russtowne.com

  6. ksbeth says:

    hi russ – let me know if you still need readers, i’d be happy to do so. if not, i look forward to reading your future books as you write them )

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