Wednesday, April 3, 2013

IWSG: The HANGOVER After Pouring a Seckman!!!

 
All over the blogosphere I would hear about people joining THE CLUB.
You know, the CP club or Beta club.
 
They would hang out in clicks, drink writer's drinks, & dance like rowdy party animals.
I didn't have a pass in, being the new kid, but I could hear them thumping red pens to some wicked tunes.

SONGS CP's or Beta's JAM TO:

1. Your "Voice" is oh, so good

2. I can't seem to shake these plot holes

3. Prose my story playa!

4. You have dope MCs MR. DJ!

5. I aen't speel notin wroung sence I met youu



THEN ONE SPECIAL DAY...
 
The birds came flying in opening my curtains. A doe nudged me awake while my husband came in with my four kids singing "The Sound of Music" in unison all while carrying a metal tray of delectable breakfast treats. And a familiar white owl swooped in with a letter.
I broke the red seal and read:
 
 
"Tammy dearest oh, Tammy dearest. Where for out though...oh forget it!
Would you care to beta read my third Coulter book?"


LATER THAT NIGHT....
 
I was at that darn club. That elite club. I dressed in my best Jessica Rabbit dress, and sashayed up to Elizabeth Seckman and said:
 
"YES! Yes, I'll marry, I mean...beta read for you!"
 



CLIFF NOTES VERSION: I'M A BATA, I mean, BETA READER NOW!!

LEDGE NOTES VERSION: She's gonna hit it out the ballpark with her 3rd book!!

TO THE EDGE NOTES VERSION: It's about a Coulter... my only hint!


HOW DID YOU FEEL THE FIRST TIME YOU WERE ASKED TO BETA READ???





45 comments:

Mark Koopmans said...

First time it happened to me... my Mamma said, "You'd Beta read the damn newspaper so we can find a job for you."

That's kinda sad, right?

I *was* only 5...

Honest...

(PS... I got some good knock-off Hawaiian breadrolls if you want to buy some... just let me know...)

Beta go now... :)

Suzi said...

Wait til they come back for the 2nd time, then you'll feel even better cause you know they're happy with what you do.

Congratulations on being a beta reader!! :)

Al Diaz said...

Ok, first of all, that Hedwig rocks!! and you and Elizabeth are kinda hot :)

I was freaked the first time I was asked to beta read something as I had absolutely no idea what that meant or what I was supposed to do. The fact that my mother language is not English but Spanish made it more terrifying for me. I think the very first beta I did, I royally sucked.

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats on the beta read at your sea and I hope they all can carry a tune when they sung to thee hahaha

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I totally know how you feel! I was very excited when I got to join the club. (Only cool club I've ever been a part of.) ;)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on being a beta reader. I always like doing that for my CP partners.

celeste holloway said...

Whoot-whoot! H to the yes! I've got mad love for those Coulter men, and Elizabeth rocks! I agree with you 100%, she's gonna hit this one out of the park!

When I joined the club, I was afraid I'd hurt the author's feelings, so, at first, I was a little shy about commenting. It didn't take long to get over that. Now if somebody asks me to beta, I tell them only if they want a reader who'll be honest. Elizabeth is my favorite writer to beta for because she wants feedback and is always eager to return the fave. Great post! :)

M. R. Buttars said...

I'm still waiting for my first invitation. With the cp groups and beta reader invites I'm still the new kid on the outside. ;)

Congrats on your big break! Rock those tunes!

Rena said...

Beta reading is awesome. I think the most important thing for me was that I was able to really see how something did or didn't work in another story. It was so useful.

Julie Luek said...

I love being a beta reader and getting to read different genres I wouldn't normally explore! I'm getting the hang of it the more I do. I have two in my queue and need to get my reading tush in gear, as a matter of fact.

Tammy Theriault said...

YOU GUYS ARE QUITE THE AWESOME ELITE CLUB!!!

Andrew Leon said...

Now I wonder how it would have been if, say, they had been singing it in rounds.

Beta reading is pressure!

Samantha May said...

Aw how fun!

I think the feeling I had was very, very similar to the euphoria I feel when momma brings home the big jars of Nutella.

Something like that.

Elise Fallson said...

You are going to be a bodacious beta reader.
:D

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You are going to be a really fun beta reader.

klahanie said...

"Ah, thank goodness! That amazingly wonderful Gary has arrived to leave one of his much loved comments!"


Yes, Tammy and Elizabeth. Have I got this right? You two are getting married, for beta or for worse...

I'm devastated to find out that "IWSG" doesn't mean, "I Was Seeking Gary". Oh well, whatever!

You are very welcome for my eagerly anticipate comment.

Your starstruck fan,

Gary :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Talk about sexy animated pic. I'm sure E. Seckman will love this.

Tammy Theriault said...

YEAH...ELIZABETH IS ONE SAUCY AUTHOR!

T.J. said...

A nervous wreck :) But now I head up the CP/BR club. BAHAHA! Haze those new authors like no tomorrow. Oh sorry, I mean introduce them to the club elite. Yeah, that's what I meant.

Romance Reader said...

Congratulations on the Beta Read!

All the best!

Nas

Jay Noel said...

I got my daughter a Betta fish over a year ago, and it's still alive. Does that count?

Tammy Theriault said...

You guys are hilarious!!! STOP MAKING ME HAVE AB WORKOUTS!

Shannon Lawrence said...

How did I feel? I felt freaked out! Well, I felt flattered, but then overwhelmed with the thought that I didn't know how the person would take my feedback. I'd once beta read for someone way long ago. After asking repeatedly how harsh they wanted me to be, and being told they wanted it ALL, I gave them what was still a rather light, nice version, figuring I could go one step further after addressing the initial issues. And they were not happy with me. They thought I was going to come back and say it was great, no problems except you spelled "your" wrong or something. I am now quite shy of the whole thing, because we went awhile without talking after this. Yeah, not a pleasant experience.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Tammy Theriault said...

shannon: wow, that sucks! and is exactly what i think about! trust me, elizabeth has to keep reminding me i'm not tearing her a new one, i'm ok, i'm ok. hahaha...
she'll just get me back as she beta reads mine...haha!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Tammy,

It's been ages! I,be missed you INFECTIOUS humor!

Congrats! A beta read for Elizabeth is AWESOME! What a Coe! She is such a honey!... Not to mention so talented! Of course, that gives you even more AWESOME status! Not that you need it...

I was beyond thrilled when I was first asked to beta... An amazing author... His book is now in his agents hands ready to sell. I was so homered. I knew he would get his agent with this novel... And I was right.

Now everyone in the Blogosphere will be hounding you to beta for them.... Welcome! We are honored by your awesomeness!

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats on joining the club!

Christine Rains said...

Congrats! It's a thrilling ride. Hm, I don't remember exactly when I first beta-ed or CPed, but it's been years. I'm very happy to have excellent ones of my own too.

Tammy Theriault said...

To cool! I'm enjoying these stories!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is awesome! And you're reading for one sharp lady.
I beta read first for one of my critique partners and it was cool. I learned how to spot my own mistakes in someone else's work. (Don't tell Elizabeth that's what you're doing though.)

Nick Wilford said...

The club will definitely benefit with you as a member. You'll get gold card status in no time.

Tammy Theriault said...

Alex: I'm all about learning for my own through others!

Nick: A card...I just want the members only jacket!! :D

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats on becoming a beta reader. Wait until you have to turn them down because of deadlines. I'm not there, but my CP is. She's learning to say no.

Cynthia said...

I often find it flattering when people ask me to read something they'd written, just because I know how so many writers are quite guarded about their work.

Heather Holden said...

My first beta-read was nerve-wracking, since I felt certain I had no idea what I was doing! I still feel that way, to be honest, but it's gotten easier for me to critique things since that first time. :)

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go jam to "I aen't speel notin wroung sence I met youu." :P

Tammy Theriault said...

I'm gonna jam out to some tunes too!

Pk Hrezo said...

Aw I love your excitement over it! I know sometimes I feel bad for asking for beta readers, cuz it's a big job sometimes. I'm sure you'll do fab and if you ever want another beta job, just holler cuz I've got a new story coming up. ;)

Tammy Theriault said...

I'd love to!!!

Gwen Gardner said...

Awww, this was really cute! Happy beta-reading!

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats! It's definitely fun to be a part of that club.

Tammy Theriault said...

I'd love to!!!

Medeia Sharif said...

The first time I was asked to beta read I was a little nervous, because I had only read chapters in the past. It was rewarding to hear that my input helped.

Lexa Cain said...

I have a group of CPs, but you're right - the first time a fellow blogger asked me to beta her ms, I had a little dance party in my head (I was less Jessica Rabbit than Dumbo the Elephant, though). I also loved your song titles!
Super-funny post! :-)

Emily R. King said...

Beta reading is FUN! Every time I do it, I feel like I'm getting a glimpse at a future best-seller.

Elizabeth's writing is fun, too. I've read for her, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Tanya Reimer said...

hahaha. My first time I was told to suck it up and share. 'nough acting like a childish writer.
And so grudgingly I did. :)

Shah Wharton said...

I really need to get a beta reader and to join a critique club. I once was, but it moved to Yahoo groups and I hated that platform.

How does one get into this VIP club? And would anyone like to CP with a speculative fiction writer? :P

Best of luck

Shah (IWSG)