Who do you share your work with? Who are your readers? Do you limit yourself to your critique buddies? Have you found some Beta Readers via your blog? My daughter is my first reader, then my critique buddies (listed on the my side bar) are next. Once I get my critiques back (usually about 4 or 5 people are available to critique) I make revisions and start the process again. I haven't shared my work with very many people. Today I got an exciting email from my sweet blog friend Lenny. He said he would like to read A CAKE I WILL BAKE before I go to the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) next month. :) HUGS to Lenny!!!
What about you? Who do you share your work with? Do you share it with non-writing friends? You know...readers?
(This is Bill. Bill is a reader.)
We took some new Iowa friends to the lake with us on our last trip. We swam, ate, played games, tubed, skied, watched movies and read. Yep, that's right we read. Nothing says friends like walking in a room and everyone has a book or a kindle or an ipad in front of them and they are reading. :)
We talked about books and ebooks. They have a kindle and an ipad! We have books, lots of books. I bit the bullet and asked Bill if he would be interested in reading one of my picture book stories. He said sure. Then he got real serious. "I read for two purposes," he says. "To be entertained or to improve myself or myself at work. I'm not easy to impress." "No worries," I say. "I want honest feedback." (Holy cow, this guy is going to make me run and hide in the closet!) I hand him my computer and walk in the kitchen to do the dishes.
Then he said those magical words. "I liked it. I really liked it. I could feel the emotion in the characters. I could feel the anxiety in the two little girls...their fear." (I was so relieved!) Then he teared up and continued to tell me how he could feel the story deep inside him.
I thanked him and had to walk away. I was in tears. I'm still overwhelmed that my words gave someone this reaction. (smile)
Letting someone new read my words was scary...
I have a challenge for you...Let someone new read a piece or a segment of your work.