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So, I received my editors notes, and another talented reader's notes, on LANE MERGE which is book two in the LANE CHANGES Saga and there is quite a bit I need to do. I stepped back from this book over the last two months, which means it'll be released a bit later than I anticipated. As the book and notes flitted through my head over the last few months, I realized I didn't have the amount of beta readers and friends reading it that I had with the first book. I asked, I went on social media and found only three people willing to read it. Between working five days a week, taking a college class and volunteering I haven't felt like tackling it to rework parts of the story line.
The bright light at the end of the tunnel? A friend of mine graciously offered to read the third book and after each one she wanted the next...and yesterday I sent her the LAST one in the LANE CHANGES Saga...the seventh book. It was rewarding to know someone was reading it; they liked the same parts I did and even mentioned a few things that stuck out to her as the editor and one beta reader did. So, those scenes I know I really should change!
I still feel a bit defeated and promised myself any criticism wouldn't get me down, but it has derailed me for a bit. What do you do, as an author, to get back on the horse and keep working? I know writing is subjective to the reader, like a piece of artwork; not everyone is going to like it. But, the amount I need to work on is a bit daunting!