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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Beta reading phase for Speedwell

I think this is the most nerve-wracking part of writing any book. I've read my manuscript many, many times by this stage. This makes me the alpha reader - the first one to see it. Now it's being read by my beta readers - the second ones to scrutinise it.
I can't contact them.
I mustn't influence them.
I want to look over each of their shoulders and read with them, line by line, word by word. But I can't and I won't.
It's imperative that they give me their honest, possibly brutal, opinions and feedback. Only then can the real crafting and polishing begin where I iron out errors, continuity flaws, dialogue clunks, plot twists and dips in the tension.
It truly is torture waiting for the verdict.

In the meantime I have some short stories to edit which I'm hoping to publish very soon.
The short story collection is just a little taster of some of my other work and will contain three very different tales. It will be called 'Trio' and will be available to buy very soon.

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