This weekend I am visiting the parents in Connecticut. That means that my dad gets to hear me read The Curse of the Radcliffe Rubies to him on the drive home. Not the entire book mind you. Just the first three chapters. Mom gets to keep a copy to read and get back to me on edits. They are part of my circle of beta readers. Dad loves thrillers and mysteries. Mom hates to read, especially anything paranormal.
My two other favorite beta readers (OL and B) are bogged down in their lives right now and they already read other versions. So my parents get to handle this round. As parents, they are very proud of me, but they always want to see me do my best so they are willing to point out weaknesses and mistakes.
How do I take it? Never well. I always say tell me the truth and eventually I’ll believe it. It’s hard to hear criticism of your work. It hurts. But the only way to improve is to hear it, accept it, and make changes. I’d rather fix it now than later anyway.
Who are your sounding boards? How do you accept their feedback?