This blog series following the creation of Duty from idea to print book is part of an experiment. The first installment was Birth of a Novel: the starting point.
After a preliminary edit/read through by myself, I sent the novel out to a number of trusted readers. A selection of volunteers, they picked over the manuscript looking for everything from typos to plot issues. I am greatly indebted to these women. They spotted so many things I had missed. Their efforts pushed me to make the story even better than it was before.
Once all the beta readers’ comments were in, I spent hours going over the novel again. Changing tweaking, and polishing until it shone.
The final step was my husband. He reads everything I publish. Although he isn’t my target audience, he is my toughest audience. With a sharp eye, he questions everything and pokes at every loose thread. It is uncomfortable, but good for me. He has spotted issues I and others have missed simply because he is not the target audience. I think my work is significantly better because of his efforts, aggravating as they are to go through. J
Question: Would you let your spouse read your writing/read your favorite books?