I want to give a shout-out to the amazing team of beta-readers who helped out with Bad Girl Good.
You’ll all receive (or already have received) an email thanking you in ‘person’. But publicly, I want to say: Y’all Are Awesome!
Beta-readers make my books immeasurably better. They catch my silly mistakes, they tell me the truth about characters they hate or love, and they let me have it when I try to do things I shouldn’t do. They’re the first eyes on my stories, and the feedback helps a ton.
Bad Girl Good will be hitting the electronic shelves shortly.
Yesterday I sent out Odyssey for Passion to my lovely team of amazing readers who offer feedback, insight, and general thoughts about the crazy stuff I write.
The time after clicking ‘send’ and waiting for feedback is slightly nerve-wracking, but it’s worth the wait. With the help of beta-readers, I’ve avoided silly errors (like having someone order a salad and later be eating a cheeseburger). I’ve changed endings (from a comment that said, ‘Well, the story was fine… but that ending was really weak). And, check this out: I avoided having a main character commit a huge fashion faux pas. David, from Under His Roof, was almost arrested by the Fashion Police for doing the unspeakable, the unthinkable!
Socks with sandals. This is an exact quote from a very observant reader:
When Rachel arrived David was sitting on the porch and he was wearing socks. When they return from their walk he kicks off his sandals…
Please tell me he wasn’t wearing socks with sandals!!!?!
I just googled ‘Socks with Sandals’ for fun. So glad I did. Please watch this video:
I’ve acquired an amazing team of beta-readers. And two days ago, I sent them Slaves on Pertz.
This is a big deal for a newbie author like me. I have unleashed a novel onto a group of people I don’t even know personally. What will they say?! Will they hate it?! Love it?! Will they think, ‘Eh..’?
The problem is I haven’t heard from any of them yet. I’d like to think that they’ve all downloaded it to their readers and are reading here and there when they get a chance, but practically, these people have lives and kids and I’m lucky if they’ve even checked their e-mail yet to find the book. 🙂 But I will be the first to admit that I am an insanely impatient person. Seriously. If I’m expecting a package in the mail I am like a monster unleashed onto the world.
Beta-reading involves reading a novel before it is released and simply providing your thoughts, comments, and potential ideas to the author/editor. Ideally it would not involve catching typos or other errors. If you’re interested in beta-reading my books, contact me!
Another quick update: I’ve decided to release a novella within the next month or two that will be more in line with Under Order and Social Service. Since Slaves on Pertz is an odd erotic sci-fi book, and Odyssey for Passion is also… different…, I want to give the folks who enjoyed my first two novels something I know they’ll like. I’m about 7,000 words in and expect it to be 30,000 words. About half of the length of a short novel. It will be interesting to see how readers react to shorter works. I started writing novels because that’s what I like to read, but upon thinking about it more, a lot of people don’t have tons of time to commit to a full-length book. And in the erotica genre, well… yeah. I want to have something available for everyone.
Enjoy Saturday, everyone!