This is one very happy camper-I got some feedback today!
As a New Writer getting feedback from the people you trust is so important. After all you are giving yourself heart and soul-all laid out on the train tracks of life for the embarrassment express to come along and turn you into pate [where I grew up this was called spread and it came in a jar!]
I think it’s important to get feedback from good honest people. I chose a whole variety of readers, from a professional Librarian friend and a couple of close cousins who REALLY like their books [all a similar vintage to me as I am aiming to maybe grab a few more mature fantasy fans], to friends and a few younger colleagues at work, to gain their insight into the rough draft. I also asked my brother who flies slightly more than Superman and enjoys a bit of a fantasy read when he is travelling.
I think I asked about 10 people, and my poor husband who has listened to it as an audio in the car! Considering our island is only 9 miles long this has taken a while.
Some have read it, some have half read it and some haven’t started. Feedback has been generally honest and positive which has lifted my [oh my God how embarrassing they will all think it’s total crap] depression a bit.
It’s pretty easy to get despondent when you feel like you have no idea if it’s ok or just bloody awful!
They have been helpful and positive, two of them have even asked for the 12000 word start I made on book 2-seriously I hear you ask! My poor husband may not stand the strain!
At the moment this has come to a bit of a halt until I feel ready to carry on again!
Comments have ranged from: I loved it; I really care about the characters; you cannot kill him off he’s my favourite; only you could invent a gay Pixie; it ends a bit abruptly like you missed a page-he was absolutely right and it is much better for the feedback!
You are asking people to invest in a novice writer- my book is 75,000 words and it’s a fair old chunk of their time so don’t expect a full literary summary back.
All I can say to any other new writers out there is it feels pretty good when you get positive feedback. The fact that two people told me off for leading them over a literary cliff and almost finishing someone off means that even as an amateur I have managed to make them believe in my characters- which is what it’s all about! Hooray!