Thursday, April 29, 2010

Someone You Ought to Meet

I've been doing a lot of beta reading this last month. I think I've read from 5 different manuscripts. I still don't feel like I'm a very good beta reader, but I've definitely getting some practice.

A few days ago I got a note from a friend I read for last fall. I also read a different novel for her last summer and it was the first piece I had ever beta read. I had no idea what I was doing either time, but she claimed my notes were helpful, and she was writing to tell me SHE SIGNED WITH AN AGENT!!! I love hearing great news! She is a writer who really deserves this, and I'm thrilled for her.

I won't give too much away about her story or her agent because you can go check it out on her brand new blog. I hope you'll stop by and say congratulations.

21 comments:

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

What an awesome reward -- to know you had a part in that author's success. I haven't been a beta reader, but I've given feedback on many, many short stories. I know how difficult it is to word a critique in a way that offers insight without sucking the wind from a writer's creative sails. Congrats to you for doing it so well!

Looking forward to checking out her blog :))

Heather Sunseri said...

I've never felt like a great beta reader either, Natalie, but I definitely think I'm improving. I'm sure your fellow writers appreciate any feedback you can give them.

Excited for your friend and her new blog!

Candyland said...

I'm not an awesome beta either, but I'm learning. It takes a more critical eye than I'm used to. I'd much rather say what's awesome about it.

Wendy Sparrow said...

Beta reading is hard and I tend to line-by-line no matter how hard I try not to. I become a grammar fiend. I think it's just something that you improve at with practice.

Trisha Leaver said...

Thanks Natalie. You were actually the first person to ever read my book and if it wasn't for you it would of never come to life the way it did.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

This is so wonderful. I would be honored to know any crit I gave another writer made a difference. It really is rewarding to be on both sides of the beta read, I think.

Laura Marcella said...

I'm happy for your friend and that's awesome you had some part in her success!

Aubrie said...

Wow, congrats to your friend! See, you're probably a better beta reader than you think! *wink wink*

Jessica Nelson said...

Woohoo! Heading to her blog now!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Off to congratulate your friend!!

Jemi Fraser said...

Your friend has a great blog - I'm a follower now :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Wow! That's a great story! I hope everyone I've betaed for gets agented!

paulgreci said...

I met this writer on twitter. And, I've gotta say it--I think you're a great beta-reader!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I love people uplifting each other like this. Heading to her blog.
~ Wendy

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, that's great! I'll head over right now!

laurel said...

Isn't it fun to be part of one another's journeys and successes? That's why I love participating in crit groups so much that I'm in two.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Hey Natalie, just came across your blog from Trisha's and wanted to say I love it - your posts rock. I'll definitely visit again and congrats on your success so far!
Lindsay
www.lindsayncurrie.webs.com

Thomas Taylor said...

Congrats to Trisha. I find being a beta reader a great pleasure if I like a text and purgatory if I don't. I'm amazed that you can read five!

Erica Chapman said...

Awesome news! How cool is it to be involved with something like that ;o) I'm now following her blog too!

I'm still working on the whole Betaing thing. I've done 2 for one person, 2 for another, 1 for someone, and going on my 2nd for someone else. So I'm getting into it now. Helps me with my writing too, since they are all awesome ;o)

Great post!

Terri Tiffany said...

Congrts to your friend! I know I would be thrilled to hear that news about one of my critique partners or writer friends.

Um--I think you need to read mine next:)

Solvang Sherrie said...

I think you must be a better beta reader than you thought :)