The Book, it is in Beta

So.  Two years after Viable Paradise 17, my submission novel is in beta.

Yesterday, I got a compliment re: the book from one of the beta readers.  I haven’t got her full feedback yet (I told my beta readers that I wouldn’t be returning to the book until after I return from Scotland in late June, so there’s plenty of time).  But her immediate gut feedback was quite encouraging.  And unlike at VP when I got compliments from two writers I admire and a Tor editor, I didn’t feel a need to maintain a poker face, so I grinned from ear to ear.  It was a great feeling.

Unfortunately, I then got an email that sent me into a towering rage.  It passed, but the adrenaline surge of the anger, along with the blood pressure spike, left me feeling pretty awful for several hours.  But I’m OK again.

While I patiently, yet eagerly, wait for returns from the betas, I’m focussing my work time on getting all my grading done, and my leisure time on video games and a critique or two I said I’d do.

But still feeling pretty good about this whole writing thing.

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About Michael Johnston

Father of a third grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-three years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA
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4 Responses to The Book, it is in Beta

  1. M.E. Garber says:

    Hurray! And congrats!

  2. RSAGARCIA says:

    Keep focused on the good news and ignore the rest!

  3. I wish I could ignore it, but it was my daughter’s teacher, who… well. This year is over, and that’s a good thing.

  4. RSAGARCIA says:

    Oh no. How horrible. I’m sorry to hear that. But as you say, yesterday is yesterday. We can start fresh today.

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