First Readers, second books, waiting

It’s been about a week since I finished my second draft. I keep thinking of things I should have changed before sending it out to my first readers. It’s frustrating, but I’m trying to put a lid on it until I’m ready to start the third draft. I need this story to go to the back of my brain for at least a few weeks!

I’ve sent it out to a total of 12 first readers… a few  more than I intended. I’m really looking forward to hearing from them. A few comments have started trickling in, which has been really exciting for me. They’re very positive, but confused about a few worldbuilding details. For me that has been/is/will continue to be the hardest part of writing a fantasy novel. I want to treat my readers like the smart people they are, but I also don’t want to skimp on the detail! It’s a fine line to walk, and I’m hoping I’ll do it a bit better in the third draft.

It’s hard to wait for my readers responses. I don’t have time right now to even properly look at them, but I want them in my inbox now! I’ve gotten feedback on my short stories from mostly the same group and I trust them to tell me when they’re excited, bored, or confused. I’m immensely looking forward to the day when I can sit down with a cup of tea, sit down with the responses, and figure out how I can make my book better. Throughout the writing process I went back and forth between loving it and hating it, and right now I’m on the loving it end of the spectrum. I love it, it’s good, and I can make it even better.

I’ve begun the outlining process for book 2. It’s fun to think about where I want these characters to go and what characters I want to add. I think that having a complete outline for this before I start on draft 3 of The Cooper Sisters Book 1 will be really helpful.

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