I’ve been hidden under my computer desk these past couple of weeks, waiting for feedback from beta readers on my second book. This is the first time that I’ve taken this route. This past year has been a huge learning curve for me and I’ve picked up a plethora of tips that established authors use to improve their work. One of those is to use a group of readers to critique their work before they submit to publishers.
Last week, I got my first response and it was very positive. Phew! This was from a fellow crime writer and reader whose work I’ve read and have great respect for. The compliments were wonderful to receive, as always, and she also picked up on a couple of points that I hadn’t considered, giving me some useful feedback to work on. So, I’m working on those at the moment and this weekend it goes to another beta – we’ll see what that brings.
I also received a surprise email last Friday telling me that I’m Runner Up ‘Writer of the Year 2013’ with the Writers Bureau! I was quite overwhelmed. I didn’t even expect to get placed. And there’s an added bonus: the award comes with a £50 cash prize. Goodness! I immediately took my family out for a meal to celebrate and spent the prize, of course.
This writing journey is a strange one with lots of twists and turns that keep you on your toes. There are those moments when you want to pull your hair out, when characters don’t do as they are told, when you sit at the computer for a day with a bin full of paper balls next to you. Then, sometimes, it all comes together and starts to work. Or you get a surprise email like I did last Friday. I guess, sometimes, good things just happen…