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When and How to Get Feedback on Your Book-in-Progress
If you’re writing a book, eventually you need to get feedback on your writing skills, the material itself, and whether or not your goals were accomplished in the manuscript. After all, the goal of writing a book is to communicate with readers, and if no one has read your book at press time, you’ll never know whether your message is perceived the way you intend it to be perceived. You can read it yourself over and over again, but you won’t be able to get a sense of how others interpret your book without letting someone else read it.
Luckily, lots of different resources are available for getting feedback on your book, and some of them are free. After you’ve read it a few times yourself, consider the following places where you can look for help if you need someone to bounce ideas off of, someone to proofread your work, or someone to give you some advice on the organization and actual writing of your book.
Friends and Family—Your Readily Available Test Audience
Using friends and family members as a test audience is a great way to get book writing help. However, be careful when asking your friends and family for book writing help, because they love you they might not be as objective as they need to be when it comes to your book. Make sure that your friends and family can be tough on the book if they need to be. Let them know that you really want their objective opinions, and ask specific questions about aspects of your manuscript that you’re not sure about.
Colleagues—Those Who’ve Been There, and Done That
An Editor—A Professional with Experience in the Publishing Industry
Getting Feedback on Your Book
About the Author: Melinda Copp is a writing coach, ghostwriter, and book editor who specializes in helping aspiring authors reach their writing goals. Sign up for her free e-zine at www.FINALLYwriteabook.com, and get a free special report!
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