Wednesday, August 17, 2005

WANTED: Readers

Sorry I haven't posted lately. Every day I've thought, hey, I should go on and blog about why I'm not blogging, just a short bit, a few sentences letting people know I'm still alive.

Then I get wrapped up in what I'm doing, and next thing I know, it's the next day again.

Anyway, I spent the weekend car-shopping, which made me fall a couple of days behind schedule on my rewrites, so since Sunday I've been revising non-stop in order to have version 2.0 of my Luna fantasy manuscript ready for one of my readers tomorrow. My whole incentive for finishing it tomorrow instead of, say, Friday or Saturday, is so that I don't have to pay a few measly dollars in postage to send it to her, since I'll be in her town tomorrow. We all need a reason to get our butts in gear, and saving a few bucks is my reason, at least for now.

By the way, if anyone is interested in taking a look at my manuscript and offering feedback, I might have a few extra copies available. Contact me if you'd like to help out. Personally, I like to get as many readers as possible. If I could, I'd hold a test screening before the final draft and give out surveys to hundreds of demographically balanced readers to achieve the widest possible set of reactions.

Some authors would consider this an affront to their artistic independence. Then again, some authors think they're too famous to be edited (I won't mention any names that don't start with Anne and end with Rice). My point is, getting feedback doesn't mean I must make changes, so it doesn't affect my freedom at all. It simply lets me see my work through another person's eyes.

Must get back to rewrites now.


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