So, it wasn’t as bad as I thought!
Turns out I misunderstood one of my readers. She did, in fact, “get” the ending of my latest novel, and that is some mighty fine news indeed. That means the person who didn’t understand it, might be having trouble because of lack of familiarity with the genre and its tropes.
That’s fine; she read through as a favor, not because it’s the kind of book she likes. And she gave me some amazing insights as a storyteller along the way. So, if she didn’t “get” the ending, well…she shouldn’t have to. I’m very grateful for what she did do, which is identify some things that needed a touch or clean-up, and she made me think about readers from a new perspective.
She also did a great job proofing. Between her and my First Reader, I don’t know how there can be anything left to proof.
So I’m over the moon, knowing the ending came through as I hoped. And if it still could use a touch-up, that’s okay too, but that will probably involve pinging some other readers for input. Before that can happen, I’ve got timeline issues to hammer out and a few final tweaks to make.
So happy day today, from the storytelling standpoint. Excellent news, and special thanks to all those who gave of their time to read my manuscript. I know it was hard to squeeze out that much dedicated time, and I didn’t even have the decency to run spell check for you beforehand. So embarrassing.
Anyway, book one of this series is still bubbling in the background. The world’s best First Reader thinks it might be better suited to a reboot, from the very first word, and see where it ends up. I’m beginning to think she’s right, but man…that’s a big task. I have to gear up for that one.
How’s things by you?