Hi! Happy Saturday to you and yours. J here, welcome! Back on Monday, Jamie wrote about critique and how the conflicting feedback can be troublesome. I’m writing on a related theme today – Beta Readers.
I think the difference between critique partners and beta readers is this: a writer seeks critique while working on a project; a writer seeks beta readers when the writer feels the project is finished.
I was thrilled last week, to put the finishing touches on my last round of edits for my WIP (Work In Progress) and I proudly emailed it off to my Beta Readers. Now, I’m an Indie Published writer, which means that there are far fewer eyes on my work before it gets into the hands of my adoring public. This makes having trusted beta readers especially important. Of course, I want my product to be the best that it can.
I selected my Beta Readers quite carefully. These two women are both writers, readers and moms. This book is a ‘Tween Adventure and these ladies’ boys are just out of their ‘tween years. Most importantly, these Beta Readers can be trusted to give it to me straight.
When I sent my baby out into the world last week, I expected my Beta Readers would love her as much as I do, but would be able to point out a couple of things that could use a bit of spit and polish. If only…
The first to respond felt that the story didn’t work as it was written and suggested extensive re-writes. In a conversation with the second, she agreed for the most part.
Ahhhhhhh! Why do you hate my baby?!!! Why God, why??? was my first reaction.
But upon reflection, I was able to see that they had give me a lot of valuable and specific feedback about what was and wasn’t working. And it’s up to me as the writer to determine what I want to modify. But I’d be a fool to ignore their thoughts, because frankly, after calming down, I realized that they’re right.
So, today, I’m back to the drawing board to work out those kinks. Thank you Beta Readers!
Today’s secret: If you are Indie Publishing especially, but also if you are seeking traditional representation, having trusted Beta Readers will help you improve your product.
Today’s question: What’s the most painful, but most useful reaction you’ve had to your work?
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