I have received back the comments from my first beta reader for the second in the Jack Trader adventure series. As I suspected, there were things that I had seen multiple times but didn't recognize as being problems. But then, that is one of the reasons for having a beta reader. Another reason is to make sure the story or pieces of the story make sense. My first beta reader put a sticky note on a scene and stated "I don't know if this makes sense.' He was absolutely right. I have re-written it and now it is much more credible and more likely to happen. I made the changes and/or corrections suggested and now the manuscript is off to the second beta reader. The intent is that over the course of several readers the story will continue to improve. I'm not asking for grammar or spelling corrections at this time but for flow of the story and whether it makes sense and whether it is enjoyable to read. During the revision stage I had made changes, thinking I had taken care of anything that the change affected. Well, evidently not. Once the beta readers have finished and they, along with myself , are satisfied, then it will go to an editor for further fine tuning. One step at a time.
I am a self-employed geologist, land surveyor and indie writer living with my wife, Sandra, in a rural setting south of Wichita, Kansas