When I met Allie Potts, in person, back in June, at the Annual Bloggers Bash event in London I found myself experiencing a bit of an author / blogger crush.
Allie had flown in from the States to be at the event and as I have dreamed of being an American writer all my life (my parents sadly didn’t get my telepathic message from the womb about wanting to be born in America) I made a beeline for her. Allie is lovely, she has a fab sense of humour and her amazing American accent made me follow her around like some star struck fan.
I knew she had to come and guest post on my blog, hence today’s post.
When Allie sent me her proposed guest post I was intrigued by the title. It brought back those strong feelings I experienced when watching Orlando Bloom take on the role of Legolas in Lord of the Rings. I am not even sure whether Legolas was an Eleven prince but still the thought of
Orlando Bloom Legolas reviewing the second draft of my romance novel is a special one. I imagine the Elven take on romance is different and probably features a lot of poetic words, a lot of leaping into the air (sigh), Elvish ear stroking, tight wearing for the male elves and smouldering elvish looks cast across forest glades. As no one ages in the Elven relationship I bet its non stop romance and joy!
Anyway, enough of my thoughts on Elvish romance, please welcome author and blogger Allie Potts to BlondeWriteMore:
What to expect when your beta reader is an elven prince
Finding a reliable beta reader is tough work. While friends and family may offer to read your early work, they may not always feel comfortable providing the honest feedback your manuscript needs.
Therefore most authors, aspiring or otherwise, will turn to other sources at some point in their career such as critique circles or asking people they have met online for assistance.
While I recommend you don’t ask a person to be a beta reader unless you are familiar enough with them to know their book genre preference at a minimum, through this process you may find out you don’t know them as well as you think you do.
You may find out that one of your beta readers is, in fact, an elven prince.
Disclaimer– Asking any member of the fae for assistance can be dangerous and should only be done so with the utmost caution.
Don’t assume that elves only read from hand written scrolls. The modern elven prince is perfectly equipped to work with a digital copy of a manuscript such as a word document with track changes capability enabled. In fact, they often prefer it.
If you made promises such as having a manuscript ready for reading by a certain date, keep it. Elves are meticulous rule followers and very mistrustful of humans who don’t honor their vows. Once burned, you may never regain the trust of an elven prince again.
On the other hand, expect your requested follow-up date to be treated as a suggestion rather than a deadline. If solving trade disputes with the neighboring dwarven clans or participating in the occasional epic quest wasn’t enough, it is a known fact that time flows differently in the fairy realm. You may have to send a reminder as your requested follow up date approaches.
If you send a reminder, make sure to mind your manners. No matter how frustrated you are or how late their response is, it is never a good idea to be rude. Unless they’ve taken coin from you (which most won’t for risk of iron) never forget, they are doing you a favor. It is far better to move on to the next stage of the editing process based on feedback received from your other readers than to attempt to threaten an elven prince.
If you do receive feedback from your elven prince within the requested schedule, expect some comments to be lost in translation. Their language is an ancient one, full of flowery terms and idioms our short-lived species can hardly comprehend. You don’t have to accept every suggestion. Remember, the published work is yours and yours alone. No matter how awesome elven phrases may look or sound, chances are if you don’t understand their meaning, your average reader may not either.
Elves have keener senses than we do – particularly sight. No matter how much editing you did before sending your manuscript out, expect your manuscript to come back with more typos identified than you swore could possibly be there prior to sending. If they do find hundreds of typos, pages of repeated clutch words, or cliché phrases do not be discouraged. It is much better that those sort of potential quick fixes be found by an elven prince than a would-be reader.
It’s not a good idea to be beholden to an elf for very long and especially not an elven prince. While you should not feel obligated to beta read for them, simply because they read for you, some gesture of appreciation is still required. You can do so by sharing their work on social media, if they have accounts, by re-blogging their posts, or by sending them offerings such as alcohol, honey, other sweets, or by sending them early copies of your completed novel upon its final publication.
Sending a manuscript out for a beta read is terrifying process whether your beta reader is an elven prince or the regular human variety.
Just remember, while the feedback you receive might cause some sleepless nights as well as a few buckets of tears, you will be sure to become a stronger writer as a result.
And that’s no fairy tale.
Thank you Allie Potts!
That was amazing and I do hope the readers of BlondeWriteMore find it useful for when they are out searching for beta readers.
Allie Potts is a self-professed science geek and book nerd, Allie writes at http://www.alliepottswrites.com.
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She has a range of books published. I have read ‘An Uncertain Faith’ and loved it.
- The Watch & Wand – http://authl.it/B07791KJ2Z
- The Fair & Foul – http://authl.it/B01678T7CU
- An Uncertain Faith – http://authl.it/B00PYYB06A