Almost a book!

Looky what I got in the mail today–galleys!

Poltergeist galley smallPoltergeist galley back small
Click on the images for bigger versions. These aren’t great pix, since I had to use the macro mode and it made the shapes a bit fish-eye bent–the real thing is nice and square like a book ought to be.

But needless to say, I’m rather pleased to see it–them, ’cause the publisher sent two. Books seem more real to me when they have covers. I’m giggly.

About Kat Richardson

Writer, editor, eccentric pain in the tail, bestselling author of the Greywalker novels.
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2 Responses to Almost a book!

  1. Nathan says:

    where to start, where to start??

    well, introductions are always best: my name is Nathan (as the above already inquired, though i refuse to ever give my real last name for security purposes); I’m a student at a community college in upstate New York and an aspiring writer. (i’m sure there’s more that could be said but i’m not really that interesting nor is there any more self-trivia that i can think of to include.)

    anyway… i just now (quite literally) finished your book (greywalker… duh), and, had i not been in a study lounge filled with silent, work drenched students, i most likely would have broken out into applause.
    I’m not entirely how likely it is that you’ll read this or what my chances of a response are (being a writer is hard enough, but how much spare time can one have with ferrets dooking about [i hope your sick ferret gets better btw]), but i thought i might try to contact you. (the link to you E-mail wasn’t working for me.)

    so aside from praise for your book (i’m eagerly anticipating the sequal), and sincere pity for the ill ferret (i had 2 of my own until i was forced to give them away for the sake of a “sane home”), i was also hoping for some advice.
    i’m currently in the process of editing my own piece but am unsure of where to go afterwards.

    if i don’t see a response i’ll understand, but i just wanted to give credit where credit was due.
    Good luck for the future.

    Loyal reader,

  2. Hi there Nathan. Sorry the e-mail link isn’t currently working for you. I keep meaning to change the mail system to a cgi script, rather than an html linkm but I haven’t had the time to mess with the script.

    I’m pleased you enjoyed the book and the ferret is doing much better. Taz is recovering, he’s still underweight but he’s much friskier.

    OK, writing… well.. once you’re done with the edit, you may want to find some other people to read it and give you feedback. That’s a dreadful task, since it’s hard to get the right group of people. Ideally you need “beta readers” who are going to be honest about the faults, while recognizing the good parts, and able to communicate the difference and what you might do to improve the work. The honesty part is one of the hardest things to get in the right proportions, since a lot of people don’t want to hurt your feelings by criticizing your work. Others may not know how to give criticism that’s helpful and still others may take the opportunity to tear your work apart as a way of bolstering their own egos at your expense.

    Ideally you want a mix of writers and non-writers to read your manuscript. Writers and editors read differently than people who read just for themselves. You’ll want both perspectives. I can’t tell you exactly where to go, since different genres have different expectations. Some writers prefer to work with a group in person, other’s prefer to work from a distance through e-mail or other media. You have to do what works best for you.

    What I do recommend regardless of genre is going to a convention for your genre or a writing conference that is supportive of the sort of writing you do. You can meet a lot of people who have similar writing interests and talk to professionals who may be able to give you more targeted advice and you’ll probably have a lot of fun.

    That’s the short version, obviously there’s a lot more, but I don’t want to clutter up this column too much–the font is really small–and I have to get my fingers back to the next manuscript.

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