science-fiction, writing, technology
The book that I started in 2012 NaNoWriMo, still tentatively titled Briefly Tomorrow, has now been through it’s first full editing cycle. I initially started to edit it online since we didn’t have a printer, but that quickly proved a slow and painful process (not that editing is fast and painless at the best of times). We now have a nice new Canon inkjet, and I had a printout of my manuscript for the first time.
I read through the story once, then went back through with a red pen, making corrections, adding thoughts and ideas and questions to check later. This morning I finished applying all of the corrections and making suitable amendments back into the online version.
This afternoon it went out to beta-readers for the first time. It’s a new process for me, but the idea of beta-readers makes perfect sense. If you have one or two people to read and comment on an early draft, then the next draft should be good enough for a few more trusted friends to read and hopefully enjoy. I’m asking them to provide their thoughts on what works in the book, what they like, what doesn’t work, what doesn’t make sense, and if there are any obvious plot gaps. The aim of course is to improve the book, not to seek compliments, and I’ll appreciate any feedback they give.
It feels like an important step in the process, and while the beta-readers get into the story I can start to think about a cover design.