Beta Readers and Biting My Nails

In early November, I sent my novel to three trusted friends for feedback. One is a freelance editor and writer. Another is a memoirist. And the third is a fantasy writer. They were all happy to take on the favor and agreed to an early December deadline. While awaiting their feedback, I set the novel aside and…

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Your Best First Reader May Be Sleeping Next to You

Last month I finished my to-do list of edits on my novel. The next step? Ask my husband to read it. So we do what we always do. I send the chapters in email. He reads them on screen. Then we sit together and go through them, one by one. “These paragraphs about where they’re…

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