Thanks, Everybody!

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who commented on my post about beta readers. I decided to remove the post because I did a terrible job of explaining what I really wanted. (I’ll admit, I’d just come back inside from some labor intensive yard work in 90 degree weather, so was probably too tired to even try to tackle the post.)

Please know that I definitely understand that most writers don’t have the time to be beta readers for another writer. I was mostly hoping you might have a friend or family member who’d enjoy it, but honestly, it’s not a big deal. And I apologize profusely for bothering you folks unnecessarily.ย 

So … pay no attention to that crazy ol’ granny behind the curtain. A good night’s rest in the glorious air conditioning, and she’ll be back to normal again. (Or, as normal as she gets, anyway.)

And THANKS for putting up with me. (I do go crazy now and then!)


11 thoughts on “Thanks, Everybody!

  1. Thank YOU, Marcia, for trusting us with your manuscript. Life has thrown all of us a curve ball of recent, but we’ll be hopping back into the game soon — and will happily and proudly serve as Beta Readers at that time. You’re an angel! ๐Ÿ’—

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    • That’s very kind of you, Gwen, though I’m pretty sure I’m no angel. With all you have going on in your life, the last thing you need on your mind is whether or not you could possibly beta read for me, but I’m touched that you’re making such a generous offer. I truly appreciate it, and promise if I decide to go beta reader hunting again, I’ll check in with you. Thanks so much! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–

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    • I know I didn’t have to apologize, but I was truly afraid my writing friends would think I wanted them to halt their own projects in order to read for me, which, while a fabulous thought, I know full well most cannot, even if they wanted to. I’ve only ever met one writer who could somehow manage to do so, and I’ll forever and always be grateful for your input, Trish. How you do it, I’ll never know.

      I would like to add a couple more readers to our group, but should have worded that post better, so folks in our online community knew I was never expecting them to put aside their own work for mine. Now if anyone amongst us knows of a friend or family member who’d enjoy joining the beta blog, I’d be delighted to have them, but I made a hash out of that post, so I’m glad it’s gone!

      Thank you for responding, Trish, and for SO much more!!!

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    • You are never a pest and have certainly helped me as often as I’ve helped you, or MORE!

      Hey! I think what we have here is a “Mutual Admiration Society!” ๐Ÿ˜ (Remember that old song?)


  2. I didn’t have a chance to comment on your original post, Marcia. I only caught a glimmer of it before heading to bed last night. Rough day, early sack time, LOL!

    I work a lot like you, a chapter at a time that I share with others. They’re my critique partners. They give me feedback and I do the same for them on their work. That way we can catch issues early in a manuscript before they become bigger problems.

    It sounds like your beta system has worked wonderfully for you in the past. I hope you can connect with a few new readers. And no need to apologize!

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    • So glad my method of work is like yours, overall. I just couldn’t do it without that feedback keeping me on track. And the only thing I’m sorry about is not making my original post more clear. I never meant to have my fellow writers feeling like I wanted them to put down their own work and read for me. DOH! Had I done a better job of explaining what I wanted, I’d have left it up. I might try again some day, but two of my betas are local friends I met through my wildlife talks, so I’m thinking that’s where I should try next. Face to face is always good. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing the way you handle this. And btw, GREAT tour post on Judi Lynn’s blog today. I really enjoyed it! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–

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