Today I wanted to talk about finding beta readers and why you should. As you know, I finished writing my first novella, Finding Forever, back in September 2016. Taking the advice of all the editors I know, I let it sit on my computer for at nearly two months before I went back to begin editing. After my first round of edits, my inner critic was on overtime constantly whispering in my ear about how bad it was, how no one would like it, how I would fail, etc. I wasn’t sure what to do. I knew I could rely on the members of my writers’ group to read and comment on my work, but was that going to be enough?
Yesterday I shared a very informative article on Facebook from fellow Irish writer Catherine Ryan Howard. The article was titled “how to your damn book” and the link is http://catherineryanhoward.com/2015/04/15/how-to-finish-your-damn-book/ for those who want to check it out. Catherine made some very valid points about writing but there was one that I wasn’t entirely in agreement with. As she does point out, not everyone writes the same and not everyone will agree with her tips. I am one of them to a certain degree.