Third-party Review of Completed Manuscript
Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:46 PM
Glad I found this community, I am excited to be apart of it.
So my question is this: after you finished your manuscript (and by "finished" I mean you went through all of your own revision reads), how many outside readers did you seek to read through it? My parents, fiance, and brother are looking at mine, though none of them normally reads epic fantasy. Still, they are all sharp writers and quite blunt, so hopefully I get something out of their takes. But beyond core parties like that, have many of you sought outside readers for your drafts?
I'm putting the finishing touches on my synopsis and query letter, so basically I'm trying to determine when "enough is enough" and it's time to start sending out the letters. Obviously, I want to have my shelf-ready version of the book completed prior to sending out the queries.
I searched for this question but couldn't find it discussed in much detail, so I greatly appreciate any insight you can offer.
Posted 31 March 2012 - 04:15 PM
I don't think there is any set number of people who need to read it before you feel it is "ready." I just wanted a good "cross-section" of people so that I felt that I was getting a variety of viewpoints.
Posted 31 March 2012 - 07:46 PM
Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:26 PM
Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:29 AM
Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:41 AM
Probably just the lawyer in me, but I'm a little wary of using someone off the internet without someone vouching for their credentials/veracity first. Thanks again.
Not another one, lol. This place is overrun with lawyers turned writer (myself included).
Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:01 PM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:33 AM
Good luck to you!
Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:49 AM
It is important to know whose eyes will be on your manuscript and this is why a trusted crit partner is worth their weight in gold or platinum.
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Posted 29 April 2012 - 07:24 AM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:31 AM
In addition to seeking assistance from fellow writers, I would also solicit from people who are not, people who are most likely to be just a casual reader. They may not be as much help when it comes to writing mechanics, but in terms of getting a feel for how the average reader would like your book, their feedback is valuable in that way.
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