In May, I sent my latest draft of Quest for Salvation to some of my best friends. I knew that it would take a while for them to get to it since most of them were finishing up classes or busy with work, so I didn’t really expect to hear back about it until the end of summer. But to my surprise, one of my best friends finished reading it and she said that she loved it and thinks it would definitely sell!
Needless to say, this is very encouraging! She isn’t a writer and she doesn’t read very much fantasy, so to get this kind of feedback is great! Feedback from non-writers can be some of the most valuable. Readers can tell you a lot more about the flow of the story, and if those things you think are holes are really holes, and if the story makes sense on a whole. Feedback from writers is great, don’t get me wrong, but hearing from an average reader can really point you in the right direction, or give you encouragement that no, your story isn’t falling apart around chapter ten.
As of right now, I am a little under half-way through draft five. I’m to a point that requires more re-writing, so it’s a little bit slower going, but I still think that I can finish by the end of July. When that is finished I will be stepping into the realm of querying, which I am already starting to work on. Wish me luck!
Take care, fellow travelers.
How are your projects going? Do you think feedback from non-writers is helpful?