Writing update status: Beta Readers.
For a few years now I’ve been working on my first ever book and hopefully that dream becomes a reality. It seems like it’s been a while since I finished that first ever draft… it’s been months! And now I’ve done a few edits and I’m up to the Beta Reader stage. I have some incredible people in my life that are more than willing to get their hands on my story and rip it to shreds with criticism. They’re the best! (No sarcasm intended, I love them to bits.)
This story has been a part of me for such a long time my emotions are yo-yoing like a bloody roller-coaster and I can’t wait to hop off. For now, I’m happy to endure the ups and the downs. I never realised how much anxiety fuels me every time I send that email with my story attached. It makes me feel like puking and celebrating at the same time. It’s a very strange feeling.
If you want to know what it’s about? I’m not sharing. It’s a contemporary YA. Let’s leave it at that. Surprises are for the best, you know that, right? Who doesn’t love a good surprise?!
So. Of the five people that received a draft of my book, two of those have finished reading the entirety of it. I never realised how nervous I would be going to meet up with a friends that’s read something I put my heart and soul into. Of course, they were completely kind with their criticism and honestly, I’m loving what the story is molding into. It’s definitely way more refined than it used to be already!
When I finish this stage, after I’ve applied all the edits suggested. I’ll probably do two or three more read-throughs, just to make sure I’m 100% happy with it. Then guess what time it is after that? QUERY TIME.
This is the big thing I’m fearful of. Everyone hating it despite how much energy and love I’ve injected into the story. Everyone just going, EEEEHHHHH, it’s okay. I know rejection is part of the process. I know that I’m probably going to get rejected a thousand times. I can only wonder what happens if no one likes it? Like they don’t like the concept or the characters. If they think it’s complete garbage, I don’t know if I have the strength to give up on it.
ANYWAYS! Moving on from my fears!
The next writing post I make will probably be a list of things I’ve discovered when researching how to perfect that gosh-darn query letter. So until next time! ✌