It’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned the manuscript. Were you wondering what’s up with it?
Well, at the end of February I sent it out to a few friends who volunteered to be beta readers. These are people who give the novel a test run and report back with any problems they find.
While they were reading, I put the manuscript away and moved on to other things. At the time, I felt so done with it, I really didn’t care if I never looked at it again. But time passed and comments started trickling in.
Their enthusiasm was so contagious that I felt ready to pull it out again and tackle the polishing.
I printed out the novel and have just finished reading it from start to finish with the handy red pen that my writing partner Holly sent. And because I literally haven’t looked at it for about six weeks, my eyes are fresh, which allowed me to catch a few things I hadn’t been able to see when I was deep in the throes of creation.
Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve actually read it as a “real” book. Just between me and you, Vi, it was an incredible experience. I felt…in serious awe of myself. I wrote a book! And it’s damned good!
(oh, boy, you’ve no idea how hard it was to say that, having grown up in a serious never-toot-thine-own-horn culture)
Now it’s time for me to get to work reading and analyzing what my test readers had to say. Stay tuned because there’s sure to be a blog post or two coming out of the experience. 🙂