I’ve been away for a long weekend. It’s mid winter in New Zealand and while we don’t get snow (except on the mountains) in the North Island, it’s been grey, wet and cold. I desperately needed a break.
I drove up to the sunny Hawke’s Bay, to a little village called Havelock North, with my twin sister, Leigh – left the kids at home. It’s situated in a wine growing region and we did the normal things of shopping and eating and drinking. I even managed to read a fabulous Kresley Cole book. Now I’m so relaxed I’m struggling to get moving again.
On the Saturday morning of my weekend away, I got an email from Megan Records with book two, INVITATION TO SCANDAL (due out May 2012), revisions. Luckily they are not extensive, and I’ve plenty of time to get them back. However, I have some work to do on the ending …
Because, I now have a new tool in my writing arsenal – BETA readers.
When I submitted my first book, INVITATION TO RUIN, to Megan, I didn’t even know what a Beta reader was. It wasn’t until my first sale, when I was let into the secret world of the published author loops, that the word Beta reader came up. I was pretty quick to realize the value of READERS feeding back on my work BEFORE it’s published.
My lovely Beta readers Diane and Danielle (I’m looking for two more if anyone out there wants to Beta read for me – must love Regency historical) have given me fabulous feedback and have indicated that they’d like more details of Anthony and Melissa, my heroine and hero from INVITATION TO RUIN in the epilogue of Invitation to Scandal.
Here’s some of the fabulous detail I got from my Beta Readers on INVITATION TO SCANDAL:
Did you find the ending satisfying? Again, I would have LOVED!! LOVED!! LOVED to have read that Anthony and Melissa were at the wedding and are living happily ever after that she is expecting or has had a baby or two and that Melissa and Rhea are just as good friends as Rufus and Anthony. I’m a hopeless romantic. Made me wonder if Samuel and Maggie will have a story? Will they????? Something like Anthony and Melissa? What about Stephen? Will he have a story? What about Alex? Will his story be coming? What about Stephen? Daniel too? OMG!!!! I CANT wait for this book to come out. I am crossing all my fingers that Alex and Stephen will have books coming out. Do you have any ideas when this Rufus’ book will be released? Is there any chance the other characters will have books. I’m very sorry to pester you.
If that isn’t the best pep talk I’ve ever received I don’t know what is!
Did you find anything confusing about the story? No, I understood the plot and the storyline. Two people trying to prove themselves in this world. One to become independent and the other to redeem his family name. And the both of them would do whatever it took to do to make it happened. My only problem with this book was the number of times that Rhea moaned about her parents’ marriage and that she wasn’t going to be dependent on any man and Rufus being betrayed and how he will never love again and that he would never trust a woman.
The last comment was a flashing red ALERT – things need to be tightened. So I have tightened them and it’s made the book much better.
For anyone who’d like a taste of Rufus Kight, Viscount Strathmore’s story here’s a snipet of when he finds out the identity of the heroine, Miss Rheda Kerrick.
…His forceful gaze swept over her trying to ascertain their identities. A shiver of fear sliced her insides. Damn the moon. She prayed it was dark enough, and her disguise good enough, that he would not know who she was. Perhaps he would think her one of Lord Hale’s stable boys.
Needless to say, I’ve found the experience of Beta readers invaluable, and I really thank them for offering their services. My two Beta readers take their job very seriously, and really, really think about the book and the series. I can’t thank them enough!
If you want to be added to my Beta reader list, please email me on
romance at bronwenevans.com
I’ve got thick skin (as most writers do in this business) and I’m open to any constructive feedback that helps me make my books better.
So, thank you to the readers. For not only spending their money to buy and read our books, but also for selfishly helping us make them even better. Way better…