Well, I’ve now got two official beta readers, plus one beta listener (Beta One is reading his copy aloud to his girlfriend). Now, I just need some feedback. To my mind, there is nothing worse as a writer than waiting to hear back from a beta reader.
Maybe I’ll change that decree once I am waiting to hear back from a publisher, but right now I’m just so nervous about what other, real people think about my novel that THIS is for sure the worst.
Anyway – moving on.
I did receive a smidgeon of reaction today and it really did just set my heart alight despite being fairly vague. Here’s the text message I received from Beta One:
I am loving it, actually. Its slow going because I am reading it [aloud] to my girlfriend. So far we are both really digging it!
So okay, its not as affirming as the previous one, but still. It makes me happy that someone is actually reading my book. And Beta Two, well, I’m still waiting for the first real opinion as he just received his copy Monday. Still, I’m on pins and needles.
Beta Two is one of my favorite people in the whole world and I trust his opinion implicitly. His opinion on the ending, on the characterization, on the big splatterfest in act three, and on the simple things like sentence flow or names… they mean the world to me.
So… I wait.
And with each day, with each edit, I become more reactionary. I strike words and switch around sentences and tighten the prose as much as I can. Like I’m trying to get ahead, prepare the half-re-edited book for the initial reviews. Maybe its a good thing.
Maybe, the more anxious I get and the more brutal I am with my work, the better it will be in the end.
What do you think?
Love & Rainbows,