15 Things You Consider Once Your Draft Is With Beta-Readers #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

 

Once you send out your draft to beta-readers you can expect a few sleepless nights, some solitary walks in the rain and a period of nervous reflection.

Here are 15 things you consider during this troubling time:

  1. Changing your name and assuming a new identity. “Lucy who?”
  2. Having a sudden bout of Writer Amnesia when their feedback returns. “Good grief did I write that…sorry can’t recall anything about a romance novel!”
  3. Making a knee jerk genre change before their feedback comes in. “Yes I have just made the natural leap from romance to serious political thrillers!”
  4. Will they like it as much as you do?
  5. How your literary baby is doing out there, on its own, in the big wide world?
  6. All the things you should have done to your draft but failed to do, because by the end you had no energy left.
  7. The amount of thinking time it took up when you were writing or editing it.
  8. The nagging doubts you had at the back of your mind about certain parts or characters which you happily ignored whilst writing or editing. Will those crafty beta-readers pick up on these?
  9. The lessons you learnt from the last stage of drafting.
  10. How the hell you managed to complete the last draft?
  11. Starting to write something new.
  12. The amount of weight you put on or lost during the last stage of drafting / editing.
  13. Whether or not you should email your beta-readers and talk them through the final steamy scene, which is now making you cringe every time you think about it. Perhaps it might help your cause if they knew you got a bit carried away in the last chapter?
  14. Maybe it needed more time? Maybe it wasn’t ready to fly the nest?
  15. Whether you should contact your local priest or vicar and ask them to pray for you and your draft?

 

If you are experiencing this situation right now, I feel your pain. We can stay strong together.

Have a great day folks!

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37 thoughts on “15 Things You Consider Once Your Draft Is With Beta-Readers #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

  1. Yes. All of those I felt during my beta-reading session… Ugh… it makes me nauseous just thinking about all the questions that filled my brain. Of course it didn’t end up as terrible as I thought it would be… it never does. 😄

  2. BETA reader process is a lot like when I coached football. Every Spring we evaluated the players for the real games lying ahead in the Fall. At then end of the all the practices in the Spring, we would play a Spring game as a test to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses to work on before we kickoff at the first “real” game to start the Fall season where wins and losses matter. Expect feedback reflecting the strengths and weaknesses of your story. Accept their comments and criticisms as positive feedback to help you be ready for the kickoff of your book when the wins and losses really matter the most. Great coaches encourage criticism, so should successful authors, because, like great coaches, we should know how to capitalize on the advice of others without taking it as a personal attack. While your MS is out with the BETA readers take the time to begin planning and strategizing your promotion efforts, identify the agents or publishers you want to submit, write your query letter, or take a few days away with family. Once you get your BETA feedback, you will have what you likely need to finish your MS for its kickoff in the weeks before the real season begins when your book goes to be published.

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