Beta-reader phase

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“Coup de Grace”, the title of my new novel (Spring 2015) is now in the beta reader phase. I’ve had a couple of good critical reads thus far. I’m collecting the suggestions and integrating them as I go. It’s been a little tough given how much life intrudes at times. However, we’re moving right along.

Here’s where the book is in the process: I wrote a crappy first draft. I got my first beta reader to look at it and I critiqued it half to death and rewrote the draft. I sent it to the publisher who accepted it for publication for Spring 2015 (Yeah, Bitingduck Press). They did a first read and sent me changes, which I’ve integrated. I went through the book again, and tightened and cut.

Now I’ve got a couple of beta-readers looking at it. I’ve got a couple of others lined up. They’re all helping me look for flat spots and terrible writing. Then, I’ll get a round of edits back from Bitingduck’s story editor. Once this is done, the story should be in pretty good shape, don’t you think?

About Bill Bunn

Bill’s excited because his second YA novel, Kill Shot, is now available everywhere! Bill Bunn is the author of several books, essays, and articles. He is currently writing two pages a day to generate the rough draft of his next novel. Bill Bunn lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Bill teaches English at Mount Royal University.
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2 Responses to Beta-reader phase

  1. Angela Slind says:

    Best of luck, Bill! I can’t wait to read it! My daughter (she’s 13) has written two chapters of a fantasy/romance novel. I’m doing my best to encourage her writing efforts, rather than edit them. I’m helping her understand the left-brain activities of rewriting and editing will be just as important as the ideas, but to focus on getting the story out of her head first. Naturally, I’m trying to convince myself of the same thing. ;D

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