Friday, July 16, 2010

Bring on the Betas...

So, the last week has been all editing, all the time. Lucky for us we have an amazing beta ninja who's willing to read (and rip apart) our work as we go. She gives us the gift of instant feedback and we will never, ever be able to thank her enough.

And now it's time for the big test.

We're sending our baby off to people who have never read our writing before (unless you count the blog). Writers who don't know Kate or Grace or Seth. Writers who (if we're being totally honest...) scare the shit out of us. They're that talented.

So, now we wait. And we see if they love it or hate it or want us to rewrite the whole damn thing. After all, this is our last chance to make big changes.

This might be one of the scariest things we've ever done, but I guess it's time for us to (wo)man up. Because after we're done with line edits, it's going to a couple other authors who we like and respect and who have written books that we love. And pretty soon after that we'll have to send it out to writers we've never even met before who may or may not want to say nice things about our work. And then there will be ARCs floating around and reviews popping up and tears being shed. And you guys might have to remind us to breathe.

Bring. It. On.

32 comments:

Carolyn V. said...

I hope they love it!!! Fingers crossed...fingers crossed! =)

Matthew Rush said...

Hmm. Sounds like one of those things that's scary but doesn't actually suck. Congrats for being at this stage ladies!

Liza said...

Fingers crossed that it is all positive for you!

Christina Lee said...

EEK-fingers crossed! Suck it all up now and enjoy the results later ;-)

Michele Shaw said...

You girls are awesome! It'll be great. Enjoy every moment.

Jill Kemerer said...

Scary stuff! But I know they'll love it! No fear.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Yes! Look how far it's gotten already! Now you can take a moment to breathe. Congratulations!

E.J. Wesley said...

It's probably waaayyy better than you think, but the betas will find stuff to work on that hasn't even crossed your minds. That's the beauty of great betas, they're not you! :)

It crossed my mind that I haven't read any of y'alls work (except the shiny *blog*); I'll have to remedy that soon!

Best of luck, and I'm certain that no matter what the early readers think, they can be bought off with chocolate and iPads.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh I can't wait for Liar Society to come out. I've already told my husband that I know I'm going to love it (have can I not love it when our tastes are the same). Okay, he has no clue who you girls are or what I'm talking about, but that's okay.

Good luck with beta readers, and definitely listen to them if they say make #2 steamier. ;)

Have a great weekend!

Megan said...

Good luck!

I'm sure they will love it.

Enjoy this time - it may be scary but its all on the big road to publication and another story to tell!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

You never knew something could be so wonderful and terrifying all at the same time, huh?

I have no doubt this is going to be a fantastic debut novel. Can't wait!

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Meredith said...

That's so awesome...and terrifying, but mostly awesome! I'm sure they'll love it :)

salarsenッ said...

Ooh, you both are fantastic! There is always a way to work everything out. (Eh...wait, I need to write that down on a piece of paper and then eat it. I can't ever seem to remember that.)

Good luck, ladies. You won't need it!

Dara said...

It will be fine! As others have said it will all work out :) Also, it helps that you have the right attitude about it. :)

BTW, I will be up in Cleveland this weekend. Some day, I will have to actually come up and make a point of meeting you both at a bookstore or coffee shop somewhere.

Lori W. said...

Congrats. for finishing up those edits, and that's wonderful you found such great betas. It'll be worth the fear factor I'm sure.

Tere Kirkland said...

I'm sure they'll love it. How could they not, after all your hard work?

Congrats for making it to this point!

Christine Fonseca said...

SWEET!!! Great job getting to this stage of the game.

Marsha Sigman said...

It's going to be awesome! How could they not love it?

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, scary. I totally feel your nerves. Just the thought of random strangers reading my book... ahhhh!!!

And I have a question for you, but I think I'll email it, lest I look/sound like a moron, okay? Okay.

Krispy said...

Congrats on finishing edits! Excited for you!

Jemi Fraser said...

Scary. Sending our babies off to strangers is very, very hard. Good luck :)

Icy Roses said...

Letting other people weigh in is the scariest! Ah, well. The feedback is worth it. :)

Lenny said...

hi miss lisa and miss laura. glad you got that editing stuff done. its good to let people read your stuff cause sometimes they can be a big help in seeing little things you didnt see or even think about. now im gonna help you not be scared. im gonna sing one of my favs for not being scared. here goes. dont worry 'bout a ting 'cause every lickle ting gonna be alright! :) have a fun weekend.
...smiles and sunshine from lenny

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

I have no doubt they'll absolutely love it. And they should consider themselves SUPER lucky to get a sneak peak of the greatness. ;)

Little Ms J said...

Every girl should know a ninja. I would say good luck, but you don't need it. You're on your way to your world domination. Please remember me when you start pooping diamonds.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

All your Betas can do is make your ms stronger...Only follow the advice that makes sense to you...Keep your voice strong!

I'm sure they will love it! You guys have been working your tails off...

Riv Re said...

Congratulations! And Good Luck! (Why yes, I did just capitalize that)

Tara McClendon said...

Congratulations on having the ambition to make your story the best you can. It can be scary to take this step (I know I'm not there yet), but ultimately your Betas may find the things that take your book up to that next level. (Unless you're already there, in which case you have nothing to worry about.) Best of luck.

Rachele Alpine said...

Good luck with the betas...I'm sure your book will be loved! I know the feeling of putting your book out there for feedback and how hard it can be (especially when you open yourself up to both positive and negative feedback).

Dawn Simon said...

I'm so thankful for my crit group and my betas. Good luck! Based on how much I enjoy your blog, I'm sure it will go great! I can't wait to read LIAR SOCIETY!

It's so exciting to follow your journey.

Claire Wilson said...

What an exciting, yet nerve-wracking stage to be at. I hope it goes well for you both.

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