I posted this as an update for my Kickstarter campaign yesterday, but then it occured to me that I should share it here to, as it speaks to the many things that must be done before publishing a novel. (Not to say that shorts and novellas don’t need a second eye or two, but those are easier to come by. ) Here’s the post!
I’m excited to say that I’ve sent KILL ME out to two Beta readers. For those not in the biz, Beta’s are people that read and critique a novel or story. Some offer general feedback while others will get down to the nitty-gritty pointing out grammatical errors, illogical word choices or any other problems that can break the flow of a story.
My two Beta readers are proving themselves very helpful, though I did have one ask if the novel had been edited previously, because of the low amount of errors she was finding. The other commented that the draft was fairly clean and she was glad to see that, compared to what shape most novels are usually in.
On the flip side, I’m reading both beta’s novels as well. We are basically bartering services. I’m enjoying it. It’s fun to see someone else’s process and read a novel prior to publication. It can also be a great learning experience, but even if I don’t pick up anything new, the fact that I’ve helped another writer along the journey to publication is reward enough. It’s like Literary Karma— and I could use all the help I can get 🙂
I’d love to hear from you guys if you’ve used Beta Readers in the past and if you have any suggestions on where to find them, how to structure the relationship or anything else that could be useful for other Indie Writers out there!