Trust Network


Trust Network is a novel by Rick Osborne about Xochitl Green (pronounced SO-chee), a web programmer whose life is put in danger after she writes an application that has a few too many uses, especially to the wrong people.


Beta? Really?

Everything else is in beta for three years. Why not my novel?



Between 2004 and 2007, I wrote a novel.

Well, technically, I sat down each November and wrote a third of the novel for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. But that's just splitting hairs. You're supposed to start a new novel with each new NaNo, so I also kindof cheated.

Anyway, so I have this novel. It's roughly 650 pages in its current form, which in coder-parlance would probably be considered beta. That is, it works—there aren't any major plot holes or continuity problems—but it's still a little too wordy, and definitely has a number of bugs still to be worked out.

This is where you come in. I'd like to enlist your help to debug my novel.


Not that bad

Cost: $25

Pages: ~650

Cost/page: ~$0.04

If you read at 2 pages per minute, it'll take you roughly 5½ hours to read.

That's $4.62/hour, or roughly the same cost-per-hour as a $9 ticket to a new movie.


Will you like it?

It's a modern-day world-hopping coder-geek adventure with a little bit of intrigue and twisty-turny fun.

I admit that the first 20-30 pages are rife with techno-babble, but I promise it all pays off.

No, there's no magic or fairies or vampires or aliens or sentient computers.

The Pitch

I think the novel doesn't suck. I've read it a couple of times, and I still don't hate it. That's more than I can say for much of the code I've ever written. I hope you'll agree with me that it doesn't suck. I'd like to let you read it, hopefully enjoying it at the same time, and give you the opportunity to make the book better.

But there's a problem. As it hasn't been published yet, it's currently print-on-demand, which is relatively expensive. To get a copy of my novel shipped to you would cost roughly USD $20-$25, even without me taking a cut. That's not a king's ransom or anything, but nor is it the $8 you'd spend on a new comparably-sized paperback in your local bookstore.

Oh, and did I mention that I'm back in school and thus qualify for starving college student status? I can't afford to buy everyone a copy of my book. Sorry. I know, I suck.

Let me make it worth your time and money, but at a bit less risk for me. I'll make you a deal.

Your To-Do List

First, buy a beta copy of my book. Give it a read-through.

Next, create a beta-contributor account, which will allow you to submit bugs.

Or, just leave some completely anonymous feedback.

If you hate it, apply for a refund.

The Deal

Order a copy. Read the book. If you don't think it was worth the money you paid for it, I'll buy you a $15 gift certificate to Amazon, iTunes, ThinkGeek, or any other reasonable online store.

The only catch is that if you want a refund via gift certificate you have to write a few paragraphs telling me what you didn't like and why you want your money back. You don't have to write a thesis—just enough to let me know that you at least gave it a shot. Of course, the more you tell me about what you didn't like, the more I can go on to make the book better.

But wait, I'll sweeten the deal. Even if you like the book, I'll still give you the opportunity to get something back.

If you help me debug the book I'll not only give you the $15 gift certificate, I'll send you a signed copy of the final book, free, when it is published. And your name will be in it, if you like, on a page dedicated to the people who helped.

A novel by Rick Osborne