I’m excited to say that I’ve sent KILL ME out to two Beta readers. For those not in the biz, Beta’s are people that read and critique a novel or story. Some offer general feedback with others will get down to the nitty-gritty pointing out grammatical errors, illogical word choice or any other problem that can break the flow of a story.
My two Beta readers are proving themselves very helpful, though I did have one ask if the novel had been edited already because of the low amount of errors she was finding. The other commented that the draft was fairly clean and she was glad to see that, compared to what shape novels are usually in.
On the flip side, I’m reading both beta’s novels as well. We are basically bartering services. I’m enjoying it. It’s fun to see someone else’s process and read a novel prior to publication. It can also be a great learning experience, but even if I don’t pick up anything new, the fact that I’ve helped another writer along the journey to publication is reward enough. It’s like Literary Karma– and I could use all the help I can get :-)