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I just came to say how amazing beta reading Elizabeth's new NA (I know!! NA!!!) book, Defying Reason was for me! She did amazing.. Wait... Wait... Elizabeth? Is that you outside my window with binoculars?? What? NO! You can't come in! No...NO...NOOOOOO....
(ELIZABETH SECKMAN FALLS THROUGH THE WINDOW GLASS)
I'm here...taking over Tammy's blog!
Now get on out of here, Tammy. Go ride your new motorcycle and relax. I've got this.
Thanks to the ninja master Alex J. Cavanaugh for the opportunity to share our fears and insecurities with the world (and each other!) Special thanks to this month's co-hosts, Chemist Ken, Suzanne Sapseed, and Shannon Lawrence!
Now, let's talk about....
Beta Giver Insecurity
Beta reads usually take me several hours. When I pleasure read, I feel free to skim over stuff to get to the meat of the story whenever and wherever I feel like it. I've even been known to jump whole chapters ahead if nothing plot crucial is happening.
But when I beta read, I'm reading every sentence, every word. I'm looking for errors and flaws- applying a hyper-critical eye to plot, characters, etc.
Then when I'm done, I write up an email with my reflections and attach the document with all my thoughts, suggestions, and beefs with the story.
Then, right before sending, I pause.
I know I don't know everything. I mean, I once thought this outfit was fashionable:
|Oh, the 80's! When style was big, and the hair was even bigger.|
Me and My eclectic blend of men:
Clark Gable, hot abs, President Reagan, and Billy Idol
But then I think about all the time and effort I put into reading and note taking. It's a waste to do all that work and then wuss out and say nothing.
In my email, I always try to stress to the writer...this is my opinion and my opinion could be crap.
The way I see it, raising books is like raising babies.
You read books; you get advice, but in the end, you do what's best for your baby.
Everyone should know that.
That way, I don't have to feel like an insecure ogre when I suggest there may be a flaw in someone's work. And if you don't agree, I hope you ignore me. Cause I would ignore you. ;)
Jo Leigh Harper comes from a long line of trouble-making, white trash stock.
Tanner Coulter comes from a longer line of wealth-creating, blue blood stock.
Jo graduated college top of her class, moving toward a future full of possibilities.
Tanner dropped out of college, trading a law degree for drinking games and one night stands.
A family crisis throws the rich party boy and the poor genius girl together. The attraction is immediate, though neither one is a heart-in-the-sand-drawing believer in true love. But as the summer sun heats up along the shores of the Outer Banks, so does the connection between them. Maybe, just maybe, they can win at love by defying reason.
Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever- after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach.