‘Teaching Mr Leavis’ being sent out to beta readers soon!

Beta readersA short post today (and it will be short this time!) to say: I’ve reached another milestone in my writing journey. Yes, that’s right I’ve finished the first draft of my third (third!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) novel Teaching Mr Leavis.

And I’m sending it out to beta readers soon. So watch this space – I may be able to publish it before the summer if all goes well. Or at least it should definitely be published before the end of the year. Eek!

My thanks goes out to the nine people who’ve very kindly agreed to give their time to have a read of my novel. I have to say I’m always a bit apprehensive at this point in the writing process, the first point at which anyone apart from me gets to read the whole of the first draft of my novel.

Yes, I’ve already shared parts of it on WIPpet Wednesday (where a group of us writers share and comment on each other’s writing), but that’s different. This time people will be seeing the whole of it and that’s rather scary! Will they hate it or (just as bad) be disappointed?ย As I’ve told people, I feel that this is very much an early first draft, so I’m hoping that my beta readers can share their wisdom on how to make it much better.

But having said all that, it is exciting too because as a writer obviously I want people to read my books. So I’m hoping this will just be the start. That eventually many more people will read Teaching Mr Leavis too. ๐Ÿ˜€

What are your thoughts and feelings when you’re sharing your book with your beta readers and/or editor for the first time?



8 thoughts on “‘Teaching Mr Leavis’ being sent out to beta readers soon!

  1. MS assessment of my ms has been done by a professional reader who I wouldnโ€™t have known beforehand and paid for. My beta readers have dropped off the face of the earth due to new jobs, babies and moving houses. Iโ€™ve looked up some of the indie websites where people are starting out as betas/proofreaders and other online forums eg reedsy, as wella s on Goodreads, but it seems the world and their mothers are looking for betas at the moment!!!!So yup, this has been one of my biggest issues, my lotto win is no longer going to finance a house, itโ€™s to have a devil-may-care attitude to choosing my edit process!!To be honest, it’s playing on my mind all the time-I really need to find readers/an editor but money is the issue…

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    • Hi there! Thanks so much for your comment, it’s really good to have your thoughts. Sorry not to reply before – I’ve been away.

      I understand your dilemma. I’ve been lucky to find good beta readers each time I’ve released a book and people who will do a good edit too. I think with editors especially it’s really hard to find one who will do a good job. Even if you pay for one, you’re not necessarily going to get the best edit out there.

      So it’s a difficult decision to make – how much to spend on an editor and who to go with. I’ve found my blog really helpful to get the message out there – that I need beta readers. Facebook is very helpful too. I hope you can find the right people to read and edit your work.

      Thank you very much for following my blog!


  2. Congrats on getting your book out there to beta readers. That’s always scary, isn’t it? You’re baring your soul on paper. I’m grateful for my beta readers. Although the process isn’t easy, they see things I can’t see and have helped make my manuscript better.

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  3. Hi Linda! Good to hear from you and to have your thoughts on this. Yes, it is a scary moment, sharing your work with other people for the first time. But it’s also really worth it – just to get that first bit of feedback is so helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. It’s so hard to find beta readers, and when we finally do we (or is it just me?) wait around unable to eat or sleep, wondering if they’re going to hate it. I’m sure they’ll love yours.


    • I’ve heard it can be hard to find beta readers, but I actually haven’t found it that difficult lol. And thank you for the compliment – I certainly hope they love it! If they don’t – well I guess it just means I’ve got something to work on! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Congratulations! How is the publication process going?
    I have only published one novel, but book two is also just about to be sent to beta readers. I feel both excited and terrified, but less terrified this second time as I’m using mostly the same beta readers, and I trust them, and respect their opinions, but every book is different, even if it is part of a series like mine, and it is daunting. The final stage is the editor, that’s pretty terrifying, too, because she’s tougher on me, but I couldn’t do it without her. Betas and a proof-reader, editor are essential. Then I do all the formatting myself.
    All the best ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Hi Luccia, thanks so much for your lovely comment, good to hear from you. The publication process isn’t easy is it? I’ve self published my first two novels and I’m going to do the same with ‘Teaching Mr Leavis’.

    If I’m honest I haven’t had a huge amount of success with self publishing, but I still feel I’ve reached more readers than if I’d continued trying to be published the traditional way and getting nowhere with it! I’m currently on KDP Select – which I’ve been on since the beginning – but I’m seriously considering leaving as, what with Kindle Unlimited, my sales are not what I’d like them to be.

    I’m currently giving ‘Teaching Mr Leavis’ a major edit, which is going well and is actually fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to publish it later this year. I agree with you that sending a novel out to beta readers is scary. But obviously it’s necessary and it makes my writing so much better to have someone else’s input before I publish it.

    I read your interview a while on Lit World Interviews. It was really interesting and your novel sounds compelling. I’ve always loved ‘Jane Eyre’, so I’d definitely be interested to read it sometime (at the moment I’ve got a reading list as long as your arm!).

    Thank you very much for following my blog and for your interest in it and me and my writing. I appreciate it. I’m now following your blog. Have a lovely weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚


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