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As my headline suggests, I have beaten my ambitious deadline of editing Part 1 of Tangled by more than a week. Not only that, I actually extended Part 1 by 12K, so I’ve edited a LOT more than I thought I’d be able to. This weekend alone, I edited 26K, which probably explains the square eyes and dazed brain…
This was my work station today.
Yes, those are tweezers. It was breezy on the deck and I couldn’t find another bulldog clip.
In summary, I’ve reduced 62K down to 46K – that’s a whopping 24%. And thus, the size of Tangled Part 1 (which I will soon be providing to beta readers) will be 46K (or thereabouts).
While I’m on the beta-reading topic, I’ve made some progress since I put out a request last week. I had a great deal of interest (thanks everyone!), so I’ve decided to do two rounds of beta reading. The first group will receive the manuscript in three parts, and the second will receive the whole thing in one hit – in about December, if my beta-reading project schedule is accurate.
If you’re one of those gorgeous, amazing, delightful people who volunteered to beta read Tangled, I’ll be emailing you shortly to see which group you’d like to be in. I’ve also decided that since I’ll be receiving quite a bit of feedback, I’m going to develop a survey for my beta readers (like this guy did). This will help guide my readers on what I’m looking for and ensure I get feedback in a consistent format. Beta readers will still be able to provide feedback beyond the survey scope, but hopefully the survey will capture the majority of comments.
So, this is all pretty exciting for me! As you know, I’m new to this beta reading caper, so I’m open to any thoughts or suggestions about how best to manage this stage. Check out my beta reading project schedule (which is subject to change) and let me know if you think it’s realistic. Let me know what you think about a beta reader survey. Tell me I should go to bed because I’m not making any sense…
Oh, one more thing before I go. Does anyone know of freeware that has similar functionality to MS Project? That would be heaps better than doing my project schedule in Excel.
Hooray! Too much coffee! 😀