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 caught up on non-writing tasks. I cleaned the house for the … Continue reading Beta Readers and Biting My Nails

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 standing, on page 1, need to be longer. It’s difficult … Continue reading Your Best First Reader May Be Sleeping Next to You