Before my printer ran out of ink this afternoon, I was printing copies for beta readers. I'll be sending out copies over the next few days, which I have to admit is both exhilarating and terrifying. If it isn't obvious, the term beta readers is derived from the software industry, where they have beta testers use their product to discover the bugs. Beta readers get an early look at the book and read it with an eye for whether the story is working. They will hopefully point out plot holes, sections that are confusing or pull them from the story - essentially anything that isn't working, so the author can take another look and make the story better.
To everyone who volunteered to beta read - THANK YOU!! I know there are lots of you that offered and I haven't been in touch with everyone about reading it. That isn't because I don't appreciate your offer or don't think you'd make a great reader. I simply had more offers than I could handle! I so appreciate everyone's willingness to support me in this endeavor and I'm sorry to make you wait a little longer before you get your hands on a copy. It won't be too long, promise! Plus, there will be many more books to come, so hopefully I'll still have people willing to be my guinea pigs for future books.
I am also very excited to announce we are working with a very talented artist, Trevor Smith, on the cover. He's a recent recipient of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Grand Prize, the Golden Brush Award - can you say award wining artist! Bam! We've been emailing back and forth with ideas and I am beside myself with excitement to see what he comes up with. Go take a gander at his website - his art is really amazing.
And stay tuned for the cover reveal. Okay, don't exactly hold your breath for that, because I won't be revealing the cover until we're closer to publication. But it's going to be awesome.
Have I mentioned I'm excited?