I love my beta readers. Every last one. And I love their honest reactions. You’ll never get me to say anything else. At least not on the record.
My WWI-era novel has had the benefit of two rounds of beta readers. And it’s infinitely better because my readers were honest and I was willing to act on their comments.
But when I read this post by Logan Keys, I couldn’t stop laughing. Logan makes the point perfectly. We authors think we’re done. We think we’ve written our story perfectly. Then we find get feedback from those who are reading it fresh and we are hauled up short. We may not be wise to act on our initial reactions.
Seems as though you and I need to have a little talk. This likely will be an uncomfortable conversation— well mostly for you, but listen to what I say very closely… And please don’t interrupt.
What’s that? I can’t hear you? You want me to remove the tape from your mouth?
All in good time, my sweet, all in good time.
You remember not too long ago when I was all about the finishing of my book? Oh how I toiled. And then one day! Start. Middle. Ending. It was finished! Done. Finito. Termine. Getan. Acabado. Fin. I typed the end…