So in the past 24 hours or so I got most of my feedback from my very brave Betas who volunteered to read the full manuscript. It was incredibly humbling, because for the most part I was told I “had a hit” of a novel. I found this especially incredible as several of my betas said “I saw on your blog that you wanted harsh criticism, but I honestly couldn’t think of things to improve.”
What I am mainly taking away from this is the follow kudos:
- The characters in my novel are good, and people care about them.
- The pacing of my novel is correct, as many people found it difficult to put down.
- The plot to my book is engaging, and people generally want to know what happens next.
- My terms of art are explained well enough to not be confusing.
- All sexual elements in the novel are kept within a certain level of taste
Things Betas have pointed out to varying degrees:
- I need help making the first chapter as awesome as the rest of the book.
- I need to do some tinkering in the first 100 pages to help sprinkle in some more background on the pre-existing relationships of some characters.
- I need to do a “find/replace” and change all “alright” to “all right” (I was misled about which was correct during drafting! *shakes fist in air*)
Thing I always knew in theory, but now feel I have practical experience with:
- No matter what. Some people will always wish I had provided more information, while others will find much of the information I supplied as “unnecessary.”
Still, the thing that was most enjoyable about these past 24 hours is that I feel pride in my work. It might have taken a year to write, but clearly it was worth the blood, sweat, and tears!