Listen, Ruminate, and Apply
When I decided to put my writing out there, I had to develop a policy of ‘Listen, Ruminate, and Apply’ to what my pre-publication readers might say.
Three things that sound simple, but are not.
As we all know, anything that I write is perfect in every way. (okay, I’ll wait until you clean up the beverage you spewed as you guffawed)
I’m getting ready to launch (the official announcement will come out in a couple of weeks) my debut novel Hot Flashes. I’m choosing the indie publishing path. At this time, my research has shown me that success can be found on either the indie or traditional publication paths. The world is a bright amazing place in publishing. It’s there for the taking. If you reach out and grab what’s available. Is this path the right one for everyone? No. To quote the great green one,
I digress. In order to make my project the best that it can be, I require other eyes to see my words and to verify I’ve told my story properly. Giving it to some one is one thing, listening to what they say is another. So, I’ve developed my LRA process.
Listen (or read) the feedback given – There is no point in having someone read your project if you aren’t going to listen to what they have to say. Giving clear criteria of what you need from the reader is important. Then, when they are ready to give you their feedback, listen carefully to what they are saying. The people I’ve entrusted my manuscript to are people who will tell me true.
Ruminate on the feedback – The feedback will run the gamut, from impressions to technical detail. It can be overwhelming and maddening. I often feel like I’m losing my mind, especially when my shortcomings are highlighted. I have to get through the reflexive ‘nuh-uh’ and use the feedback to analyze their points against my end goal. I’m I perfect at this? No, but I’m trying to get better every time.
Apply what I’ve learned – If one or more readers have issue with the same thing, I have to fix it. This is how I find my weak points in grammar, punctuation, and story.
The LRA is not easy, but the end results are worth it. Once my book is roaming wild in the world, I won’t have a chance to correct things. I want to bring my reader the best story I can.
So, thank you to everyone who has read, commented on, and supported me as I have created this story. I love you guys!