I spent the last several weeks going through some very helpful (and only slightly painful) feedback from beta readers. It was fascinating to see how other people reacted to the story. One of the most surprising parts of the process was how few things all the beta readers commented on in the same way. Each person brought an entirely different perspective and had varying suggestions. I suppose I expected them to pick out the same things or offer similar suggestions. But each person brought to it their own unique perspective and found differing things they liked or weren't sure about.
And the good news is, no one thought it was terrible. So that was a relief.
I spent late last week and into the weekend doing another full read-through myself, and making changes and edits as I went. It was good to read through it again from start to finish. I was able to make some subtle and some not-so-subtle changes that will hopefully make the story a lot stronger.
And after another quick skim today, I sent it off to my editor. So it is now in the hands of a professional. I should have it back within about two weeks, and then my friends, we're almost there. I just have to be willing to stop tweaking, let it go, and call it finished. I have a feeling that's going to be difficult. Every time I read through even a small section, I have the urge to change a word here, a comma there. But eventually I'm going to have to declare it finished if I ever want it to see the light of day.
So to all those NaNoWriMo'ing (can I even "verb" that?), happy writing! I'll be anxiously awaiting editorial feedback, working on my next book, and preparing for an actual launch date that will be announced soon.