by Shelt Garner
I’m now transitioning from the first to second daft and things are going well. But I’m also beginning to have a growing sense of angst as to what I’m going to do once I finish the second draft and start looking for beta readers.
Not only does no one like me, I have no friends and no money. So, I’m struggling to figure out how I’m going to find anyone to read my second draft all the way through when the time comes. I’m probably going to have to pay someone to do it. I’m very poor and have a limited amount of time to wrap all of this up (at least in my mind) so…I don’t know.
Now, I did see a piece of advice about this matter recent that made a lot of sense — if you need beta readers, start looking into being a beta reader. That’s the best way to find someone to read your copy — be the person reading their copy.
But this is a lot of fun. This controlled chaos is a lot like what I went through during the good olde days of ROKon Magazine. If you want to be very charitable, you would say that despite how whacked out that whole situation was, at the time I was able to display the leadership necessary to grow the magazine to the point that it got before everything collapsed….because of my personal foibles.
Anyway, I’m really pleased with where things are going. I hope to wrap up the new and improved version of the first act in a few days (knock on wood) then start work on the second act. I’m also pretty sure I’m going to have to dramatically rework my planned third act.
This is where it helps that this novel is part of a series — I know what I need in the other novels’ plots and, as such, can remove or move things as necessary to make the best story possible.