Bring on beta reader round two!

You may have noticed that it’s been ages a little while since I’ve blogged about my progress on my WiP, The Big Smoke. That’s because, well… there hasn’t been much progress – until recently. Don’t get me wrong, I was doing a lot of thinking about my book and the feedback from my first group of beta readers, I just wasn’t making many hard and fast decisions about what changes to make. I guess I just needed some time for the ideas to percolate.

And percolate they did. Last week, I finally got my butt back in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard and made the hard decisions. And you know what? I’m really happy with how it’s come together. My beta readers helped me to see my work through different eyes and gave me some awesome ideas about where I could push things just that little bit further to really ramp up the tension.

So now that the changes are done, the manuscript is off to beta reader group two! My original plan was to get it to this group in December last year – hah! What high hopes I had. πŸ˜‰ The last group received The Big Smoke in three chunks, whereas the new group will get it in one hit, so I’m looking forward to their feedback in terms of overall consistency and repetition that may not have been apparent to the first group (plus their opinions on anything else, of course).

I’ve asked the second group to give me their feedback within six to eight weeks, and while I’m waiting, I’ll be doing a lot more research into the Australian self publishing market (more on this soon) and starting to plot my next book. YAH!! How exciting is that?! I’ve been working on The Big Smoke (previously Tangled, previously Entwined…) for SO long, I can’t wait to create some new characters. My next book will still be young adult, but it’s going to have some historical and science fiction-y elements too. Can’t wait!

Your turn

How’s your writing going? Hit any major milestones recently? Or, avoiding making any hard decisions? πŸ™‚



Filed under Beta readers, Editing, Writing

13 responses to “Bring on beta reader round two!

  1. Congrats on finishing your first big beta reader revision. Can’t wait to read the ms! And it will be fun for you to do something new after all this time. I am constantly being lured by the new. 40 pages in to writing one story, I think a new one would be so much better! πŸ™‚

  2. kenrob2037

    Beta readers. Wish I was smart enough to organise a group like that. How many do you have Cally? My milestone was finishing my third book last week. 74,000 words. It’s titled Painted.

  3. Congratulations on making progress on your manuscript. I can’t wait to hear about your publishing venture.

  4. Sounds great Cally! I think stewing about a book is just as important as the writing of said book … as far as mine goes … ugh! lol … I’ve resolved to write a 50,000 novel (first draft of course) in 30 days … I have two left … needless to say I gotta go write but instead I’m sitting here … ok ok … it’s time to write or die! Congrats on your progress I look forward to hearing where this goes … the short snippet’s I’ve read sound AWESOME!

  5. Looking forward to reading it πŸ˜‰

  6. touchwooddesign

    I’m all for percolating. When I’m asked about my projects lately, I say I’m making good mental progress.

  7. pk hrezo

    Oh good for you! Making progress! I just finished a new WIP and sent it to my trusty CP for proper shredding. SO nervous. You know that feeling when you send a brand new baby out into the world?? Eeeek. lol

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