Someone I know who has published his own books agreed to read my book.
He had excellent notes throughout, and some of it was really helpful.
At the end, he goes:
“You need to buy a book on plot and read it.”
Once I got over that BURN enough to digest what he was saying, I started laughing. Something about the writer-on-writer passive aggression makes me giggle.
FTR: hidden in this burn is a huge compliment – that my book is a very realistic portrayal of a journalist. Which, I realized after the smoke cleared, was exactly what I had set out to do.
His biggest complaints were the last sentences in the last few chapters, and the bit between the climax and ending. I don’t exactly need to read a book to figure this out 😛 I do have some choices to make about the ending, which is fair. And it IS where I pushed to just GET IT DONE.
Writing a book is hard, and editing it is no fun. I’m grateful to everyone who reads it, and appreciate all the feedback.
And now I have a new t-shirt design.