Thursday, May 26, 2011
Waiting For Readers
Agent 99, but I am having a little focus group first by asking 5-6 readers who've never seen my novel read it fresh to make sure it does what I want it to do. Then, I'll ask the new readers a ton of questions. Then, I'll make changes as necessary. Then, I'll send the book off to the agent. However, waiting for people to read something you've written is pretty unbearable. For a while I thought: Okay, so it's not very enticing, the subject matter isn't compelling, and even my writing can't hold their attention. Then I realized people are just busy. I got this back from one of the readers: "I am on page 87 of your novel and I must say it is very good. I thought I might not be interested in it because it is not usually the kind of books I read. I got hooked. You are a very good writer and I expect to read the entire book." Well, so that's a calming note. We'll see. I wish people would read more quickly, but it's Memorial Day weekend, so I might as well chill.