So today we're jumping straight in and talking about something had has to happen in every writer's journey. Someone else has to read what you've written - *GULP!* Yeah, it's a huge step that you have to take, but if you ever want to get your work published at some point someone has to read it. Now, most people are to embarrassed to give it to someone they know. Sure you plan to tell them when it's published, but right now it's just a baby manuscript right?
Hate to tell you this. But it's actually far better to give your manuscript to someone you know before sending it to an editor - which you should do before sending out to query. Why? Not only is it cheaper than having to constantly send it to an editor (which each time can cost you between £300-£400) but it's also a really good, effective and honest way to get some feedback about the main body of your story - if it's done right. So without further ado, let's jump straight in.
So that's my take on letting someone read it. There are things that you should consider when asking others to read your work. In addition to worry about how they will receive your work, think about your target audience. If you're writing a horror book, try and give the book to someone who likes horror books. If you're writing a romance, try and give the book to someone who likes romance. They will have most likely read a lot of popular books in that genre and will actually (maybe even without realising it) be able to give you a more informed decision because of it. If you give your historical romance novel to someone who only ever reads high-fantasy or cop thrillers, they may genuinely enjoy the book but they look for something else in a novel. As such their advice may actually hinder your book performing well on the shelves, which is why it's your job as the author to decide what advice you want to listen to and what advice you will strategically appreciate but effectively ignore.
Any who that's all from me this week. I hope that you all have positive and productive weeks this week. If you have any further questions about this, stick them in the comments section or hit me up on my social media platforms. What do you think? Do you think it's better to find beta readers online instead of friends? I know that some people do this through twitter. What is your opinion? Let's get the conversation going.
Until next week guys, take care! Bye :)
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