That’s a tall order. I thought I had two after attending a networking meetup in CT. It is a tall order and a definite commitment. If you consider when a reader sits down, plugs in, or fire’s up to read your book they are investing several hours perhaps an entire weekend to enjoy your craft. There are so many variables as well. The genre for one. I don’t read horror. So, my time is precious to me and I just wouldn’t waste the time. A good book (my opinion) however I would feel satisfied and most often wish there was more.
I found a third critique partner and she read my MS#3. This poor MS has been around the block. Several times. Subject to a professional edit, always on the back burner, at least 50 queries have been sent out. The last batch of Q’s went out at the end of October 2017. Nothing. Do I want to bother to drop any one of the eight agents an e-mail. “Did you forget me?” or “I’m sure it was an oversight and the query I spent several hours preparing must have slipped off your desk and is under the printer collecting dust.” Not to mention the months–years it took to write the MS. This poor MS has been ignored, passed over, and dismissed. My critique partner loved it. This rant is only to show that if you can only get someone to read your work, then there’s a chance one of the characters, scenarios, or bit of dialogue will get under someone’s skin. Getting that to happen is the million dollar question. I’m rejuvenated by the extremely positive review my MS#3 received from someone whose opinion I respect. I will meet with her and discuss the MS (I love when that happens) I know what I have to do. The book is worthy, maybe the Q has a problem, the description needs tweaking, and my bio sucks (not much I can do about that) the work is good. I know that now. I knew it then, but the writer is always the last to know that the writing is not that good. Get people to read your MS. I find that is the hardest part. What’s a book? Something you buy and put on the shelf until a rainy day comes along. When the mood moves you. When the buzz comes along by word of mouth. When the Book Club chooses a book and you have a month or so to read it. It’s a pastime and I want it to be more.
Anyway, this little distraction from the real work at hand. I just completed Book #3 in The Summer Palace series. Presently titled Brumal Castle (not to be confused with Book#3 I mentioned earlier). I’m building scenes for The Summer Palace Book #4. The final and last chapter in the series, no title yet. Book #2 in the series White Tower is at the publisher waiting for me to sign the contract for another partnership. I was hoping for a traditional contract, but Book #1 is still in the early stages and has to prove it can bring in the sales. I’m like a juggler in the circus tossing fire balls up in the air expecting to catch and release each and every one before I scorch my hands.
So, I gear up for another round of Q’s. Only this time they’re going to be better. Because the work requires it.