Monday, January 26, 2009

Seriously?

Seriously. I'm done with the first draft of Paranormalcy. Honestly, I'm very bummed. I hate that time between finishing a manuscript and starting the first edit. I'm plagued by self-doubt and questioning every choice that I made. Fortunately when I start reading for the edit I usually perk right back up when I realize I was being an idiot and it's actually good stuff.

So...I need a reader for when I finish the first edit, probably by this weekend. Someone who hasn't read either of my other books. If you are interested, please email me a 1,000 word essay on "Why I Deserve to Read Kiersten's Novel."

Kidding. So, so kidding. (UPDATE: For now I think I'm going to stick with my original betas. Thank you SO MUCH for your interest though, it really means a lot to me.)

I'm a little nervous about this one. It's a huge departure for me, first person and very different in tone. I'm also keeping this one very close to my chest, thus the reason there haven't been snippets since the intro. Sorry folks.

14 comments:

Natalie said...

Believe me. The book is liquid GOLD FIRE. It's gorgeous. You will reread it and discover you are a GENIUS.

I really think they should write an essay. That would be great.

sraasch said...

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, OH MY GOSH!

*Waves hand so fast her carpal tunnel kicks in*

Pick me! I'll beta-read! And I list Jill as one of my references. I'll beta-read your socks off.

That is, if my essay is suitable.

lotusgirl said...

Wow! That was so fast from beginning to end. Didn't you just start writing that one?

It sounds like a fun read if you need someone like me I think I could do it. (If you're serious that is.) There will be no essay though. I could let you read some of my WIP.

Renee Collins said...

Woot woot! Another lightning fast novel, Kierst. Way to go.

I hope I can read it. I'll even write an essay. It will be called: "I'm entitled to read Paranormalcy because, as the Slow MoMo, my joys in life are few, my insecurities profound--give me something with which to drown out the wasteland that my life has become."

Kiersten said...

Renee, being a MoMo gives you automatic Beta rights to everything I write. You're in like flynn.

What does that even mean??

And Sara and Lotus, you made my night with your enthusiasm! I'm still not sure whether or not I'm going to send it to anyone other than my established betas. For some reason I'm really nervous about this one. I'll let you know though!

Kasie West said...

Wow! Great job. You're like your own production company over there with the way you're churning out novels. Congrats!

JaneyV said...

So...I need a reader for when I finish the first edit, probably by this weekend.

… you raise my hopes…

Someone who hasn't read either of my other books.

…then you dash them…

dangit!

megs said...

Kiersten I would love to read your book. I'd get through it fast and give you a real critique. Plus, I think it would just be a ton of fun!

If you keep going at this rate, your average will be around 4 or 5 books written a year! Good golly that's amazing, especially when you've got two kids.

Kiersten said...

Oh dear, now I feel bad. I think for now I'll stick with my writing group readers. I just don't want to hurt feelings; probably shouldn't have posted that in the first place, obviously.

JaneyV said...

Hurt feelings? You'd have to go a whole lot further than that to to even dent mine. You want to know what mean is you should go visit my blog. I'm super-nasty today!!

Personally, I still can't show anyone my work. I think that you're very wise to stick with your tried and tested group! ;0)

Whirlochre said...

Whoopee! Another one in the bag.

Megs said...

Ok, I've never been one for contests. I'm afraid my competitive spirit was lost somewhere in the pre-existence. But, for future reference, I would absolutely LOVE to be a beta reader at some point for any of your books. (Previously I wasn't sure how much editing you wanted on the ones you sent me...although I think they were mostly in their post-edited form...:))

Stephanie Perkins said...

Congratulations, chica!! This is a huge, wonderful, AWESOME thing. I hope you're celebrating (despite the uneasy bummed-out-ness).

If your original betas get too busy . . . add me to your waiting list ;)

J.E. Seymour said...

I have the same exact emotions after finishing a first draft. I have two good friends who work for me for free and enjoy my books thankfully. They also work as continuity editors as well.