Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Next Phase: Read Through!

Brandon has officially completed his first edit of his book!  It was a tedious process of which he did not enjoy every minute, but was necessary.  Now that it's finished, he is ready to print out some copies and get feedback.

He printed several copies and we are going to pass them out to friends and family who we think would be interested in this genre and who believe will give us good feedback.  The worst thing would be for someone to feel uncomfortable telling him their true thoughts, and then he is heartbroken when no publishers will read the book.  Don't feel left out if you don't get a copy either - he only printed about 6 copies - it's expensive to print so many pages just for a read through!

So basically we're asking for feedback on content, flow, plot, and grammer.  Everyone knows how much a book will be torn apart if it has grammer issues, so that is a huge one.  I'm not sure what timeline we're looking at for getting feedback from everyone. I'm thinking a couple months?  Does anyone have any suggestions for a timeframe? I know our goal is to get the feedback early enough that he can get everyone's edits completed and we can send it out to publishers before the end of the year. So I'm thinking a couple months, maybe 3 or 4?  Then it will take him a while to go through the feedback and edits from 7 different people.

We also will need to start researching how to make submissions to publishers.  What are they looking for? What do you need to send with your manuscript?  How do you print off the manuscript?  We also have an indirect contact at Scholastic (see previous post here), so hopefully we can get someone to at least read it there.  I hear that is the hardest thing - getting someone to actually pick it up off the desk and read it.

Anyways, the next phase is happening and we can't wait!  We are looking forward to everyone's feedback and planning the next phase!


Ames83 said...

Hi, I randomly ran across your blog while searching for "finding pennies after a miscarriage". Strange, I know, but I just had to comment because your blog touched my heart. I had a missed miscarriage at 13 weeks and just had a d&c done monday last week. It's been the worst time of my life.

Ames83 said...

For some reason it wouldn't let me finish my last comment, but about the pennies, I have started to find pennies everywhere since the miscarriage, and tonight I searched online for the meaning and I've come across several things that say it's a symbol of a loved one who has passed letting you know they are with you. Your blog also showed up with your thanksgiving miscarriage update blog. Just wanted to leave a comment to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your posts. I can relate to a lot of it. I hope you don't mind me following your blog!

Kristen said...

Hi Ames83! Thank you so much for the comments. The entire reason I blogged about my experience was to help others. Talking to my friend who had had a miscarrige helped me the most through my experience, so I was hoping that my blog could help even one person. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It's the worst pain you will ever experience. It gets a little better with time, but now as my due date is just 2 weeks away, all my pain is resurfacing. All my hopes and dreams coming back and being dashed again. I'm so happy that you're finding pennies and I hope it brings you some peace. It definitely did for me. Thank you for following my blog and I hope to hear from you again!

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