Beta readers are alphas in my book

First I wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent me encouraging messages whether here on the blog or on the various social media outlets to which I am subscribed. Your encouragement means the world to me! I have finally, finally, finally finished my first round of edits and sent my manuscript off to my beta readers. I would also like to get a professional editor to give it a look-see so if any of you wonderful people happen to know one and wouldn’t mind giving me their contact information that would be amazing!

And if you’re anything like my parents you’re asking the question, “now what?” What do you do once the first edits are completed, besides panic and think that your readers are going to hate what you’ve written (or even worse tell you your book was ‘ok’). Yes I think mediocrity is worse than categorical hatred, call me crazy. But my next steps are to continue to build up my presence on social media to help me appeal to literary agents and also keep thinking about my manuscript. Even now that it’s in the hands of a higher power (aka my beta readers) I still have some ideas for changes. Some of them I have made already and others I will wait and see what my readers think before I implement them. I am also working on my synopsis and a rough draft for my query letters. I will be working on three different synopses (yes that’s the plural for synopsis, I looked it up). Why three you ask? Well because different agents will want different lengths and I want to be ready with a finely crafted synopsis for each of them. FYI I’m getting paid for every time I use the word synopsis. (I wish!) Synopsis, synopsis, synopsis. It’s just fun to say. But I digress. I will be doing a very short one, about one or two sentences long. Then a medium length one about a paragraph long. Finally a long one which will be about a page.  I will write a post all about query letters soon, but for now, I will be working on my draft to potential agents along with my synopsis. Aside from that, it’s really a waiting game.

What I won’t be doing: I am taking a break from re-reading my manuscript so I can go back to later with “fresh eyes.” Once I hear back from my readers, then I can go back and do my second round of edits. With all the time I’ve spent with this novel, by the end of my first round of edits I was at the “I don’t think I can look at this for a second longer” phase. That’s when you know it’s a good time to take a break. And it’s a good time to take one while you let other people read your work too, so don’t feel guilty about doing so. It will help in the long run, I promise!

I have also finished (with a lot of help from my website managing brother) setting up my writer’s forums. I will be posting in there a lot during this down time (and thereafter). If you are a writer I would love for you to join us, it is a great place for writers to go and get support and assistance from other likeminded souls. This is the first public mention of the site for my forums and you lucky readers are now a part of my official launching of the forums. YAY YOU!!! So go ahead and take a look. Post some comments and start some topics. The world is your oyster and these forums are your pearls of wisdom. (See what I did there?) thewritingpiazza.com/forums/

Again, thank you all for your support and now, your second call to action! If you’ve enjoyed reading my blog (or if you love me despite my blog) please get the word out about it. I would love to build some buzz for my forums and my upcoming book so if you could help me out with that I would love you forever. And if my unending love is not enough for you then here’s a shameless bribe! Get your friends to follow my blog and I will make sure your copy is signed and that you receive a special bookmark when you order my soon to be published book The Seeker Initiative. Just email me your friends’ names so I can verify (don’t be a cheater, cheater pumpkin eater). My email is thewritingpiazza@gmail.com. And I will make sure you get what’s coming to you, see.  Sorry, I watch too many gangster movies.

Until we meet again.

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