Thursday, May 15, 2008

Advanced Reader

Okay, okay. My wonderful friend Leah has sent me a few reminders to post. So hear it is.

I’ve been quite busy lately. I haven’t even been able to read up on my regular posts. For Shame!

I’m in a seasonal business and the hotter it gets the busier I get. Plus I’m working with a couple of IT guys developing some new software for my office, plus trying to be able to work from the new server remotely for my other office, which in three weeks has to be ready to go. I have to go to the other office (4 hours away or 5 for other people's driving speed) and install the new system. And I’m only half qualified to do it. So I’m crash course learning VPNs and a bit of networking. WAY over my head. But I think I may be able to pull it off. I’ll let you know.

Writing front – not much is happening on the actual writing. Got some things worked out in my head of how I’m going to point A to B to C and then to D for my story. I think I have something solved in my head , but I need to send Leah an email and ask her opinion. :)

However, I have some exciting news. In one of the classes I signed up for, during the intro’s I came across a published author that I had read quite a bit of. I shouted out to her to say “Hi, I like you work” and etc. without sounding too geeky. Not sure if I accomplished that but she did write back so I think I did okay. Anyways, we got to chatting and I offered up to be a sounding board for some stories she’s working on and she said she was looking for an advance reader. She has SIX books due to various publishers this year. I jumped at the chance and read the first three chapters of one these books and she liked my notes. Are they called note? Edits? Crits? What do you guys call them for advance readers?

So I’m an advanced reader now. YEAH!!!! I think this is a huge learning opportunity for me. It’s taken a lot of my writing time, but I think it will be so worth it. Maybe if I can do a good job on someone else’s stuff, once I get to a finished manuscript I’ll be able to look at my own work with that critical of an eye. Hopefully.


Leah Braemel said...

Send any questions you want! Way to go on being an advance reader for a published author - you'll probably learn a ton!

Dani said...

Thanks! That's what I'm hoping.