From Early Reads to Reviews
Posted on 01/14/18 in Writing
I am so thankful to all the individuals that read my book while it was in the drafting stages and am thankful still for those individuals currently reading or scheduled to read The Immundus and provide a review.
When it comes to getting early reads, I think Goodreads Giveaways and NetGalley are two of several choices of which aspiring authors should take advantage. Both of these cost money, but like any business, it’s an investment in yourself. However, if you would rather take the more parsimonious approach, you can search out beta readers on social media.
So far, the greatest beta reader feedback was removing the love triangle from my story. Half of the beta readers felt like a love triangle angle was overused, while the other half liked the love triangle. It was my developmental editor and line editor, Katrina Diaz Arnold that was the tipping point because she recommended to lose the love triangle and focus on one love interest. This, of course, meant that I had to rework the entire story. But in the end, after I sat back and reread my book, I knew that was the right decision, especially after seeing these two reviews:
“I thoroughly enjoyed The Immundus and am looking forward to the next book. Readers of books like Divergent, The Maze Runner and even Ender’s Game should enjoy The Immundus.”–Karen (Goodreads)
“In her book, Enquist . . . provides some intriguing reflections on evolution and genetic science . . . a well-paced sci-fi story with excitement, emotion, and character testing.”–Kirkus Reviews
Check out the second of four book trailers below.