Walking on Clouds

I outlined the minor problem of getting my First Reader her copy of my latest manuscript in my last post, but I wanted to take a minute to explain how we overcame that issue, and also what process we’ll be using going forward.

See, I’m a little bit late to the game. I used to be an early adopter – very early. It’s come back to haunt me from time to time, and as the years went by, I guess I just sort of slipped in my technology upkeep. So I’m late getting to the cloud.

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Author Challenges in Getting Reader Feedback

One of the great benefits in having a spouse who loves to read is the feedback I get as a writer.

My First Reader spots a lot of things in her initial passes through my work. And she catches other stuff when the time comes to read the work not one chunk at a time, the way I write it, but as a cohesive whole, as other readers will experience it. There are challenges, to be sure, because she’s already seen the piece, perhaps more than once, and it’s hard to keep her eyes fresh so she’s not “reading from memory,” as I call it. But for the most part, having my First Reader in my corner has improved me as a writer manifold.

Another challenge we face, though, is how to get the work to her. Continue reading “Author Challenges in Getting Reader Feedback”

The Value of Reviews

I received a 3-star review on my novel Scales of Justice on August 15, 2012. And you know what? It was really eye-opening and valuable to me.

I wanted to pop in and say thank you to the reviewer, but I’ve heard that’s a no-no from the author’s standpoint. I don’t know if I agree. I thought the reviewer’s insights directly hit upon some of the weaknesses of the book and brought up some great ways to improve it. I’m more than half interested in actually implementing those changes. They’d be great.

So, to the person who gave that review, thank you. Thank you for telling me how I could do better and what you did and didn’t like about the story. I’m sorry it wasn’t as much fun for you as you wanted it to be, but I can tell you the gift you gave me, of an honest review, is one I will honor and respect in my next book. I’ll be a better writer for it.

Thank you again, and God bless.

-J. Dane Tyler

You can see the review here. It’s the only 3-star review I’ve gotten to date.