My First Beta Reader Experience
This morning I awoke to an email in my inbox that I had been waiting for. It was my first beta reader giving feedback on The Two Worlds. Excited, I opened the email and read quickly through what she had to say.
It wasn't all good.
She liked the way the story flowed, but she felt that it read almost like a screenplay (stupid film-making degree!). She also felt like I was putting all of my cards on the table and not leaving enough mystery for the reader.
I had a flicker of disappointment, but then a thought dawned on me.
She read my story!
I jumped out of bed with a grin on my face. Someone had actually taken time out of their busy day to read my book!
It felt great.
Of course, I have to wait for my other beta reader to finish reading before I can start editing. But Beta 1's feedback was just what I needed to hear. I'm off to research the advice she gave me and of course, I'll get back to you on what I've learned.
Have you had a beta reader experience yet? What was your reaction?