But how might things turn out differently if you let other people read what you’re working on, even in the early stages? Here’s what you stand to gain by doing just that.
Benefit #1: Confidence in your writing. Let’s face it: the worst feeling in the world is finally publishing your book on Amazon and watching the sales counter tick up as slowly as a thirsty tortoise dragging itself across the desert, while any reviews that do get posted are mostly negative.
By contrast, the best feeling in the world is checking out your Amazon sales report and seeing that each day has been better than the last. The reviews, mostly positive, all praise a solid story by a first-time novelist. You’re off to a great start, and now the sky’s the limit as you begin writing your next book!
Receiving feedback on ChapterBuzz—as you write—can make all the difference. You’ll feel great about publishing your book when the time comes, because you’ll already know that your story is engaging, readable, and concise. Your early readers have let you know this!
And keep in mind, all feedback you receive is good feedback. Purely positive comments will make you feel great of course, but constructive criticism is also a win for you. Why? Because 1) it shows that people are paying attention to your story and actually care about the quality of your novel, and 2) you know that, once published, your novel will be the best it can be, because you’ve used some of the better suggestions your readers have given you.
Benefit #2: New readers. Don’t wait until the day of your book launch to tell people about your book. Instead, start connecting with readers now, while you’re writing it.
Where do you find these readers? On ChapterBuzz, we have a whole network of book lovers and fellow writers ready to discover your work. The Better Writers Club (which you have until July 15 to join) is also a great way to connect with your fellow writers, who, by the way, can also become your Fans on the site.
The best part is that when you do publish your book, it will be with much greater fanfare, and you’ll already have your first potential customers.
Start getting your name out there!
Benefit #3: A sense of community. Being part of a friendly, knowledgeable, and welcoming group of writers can make all the difference when you’re working on a big project like writing a novel. It’s comforting to know there are others who are doing what you’re doing, can bring you up when you’re feeling discouraged or uncertain, and share in your triumph when you’re on top of the world. It’s a journey, enjoy it!
Please join us in the Better Writers Club before the deadline of July 15. It’s time to get that novel written and published!
I’m Timothy Pike, self-publishing and productivity coach specializing in helping you publish a beautiful book to the virtual shelves of Amazon—and the real shelves of your local bookstore. It’s all part of the Better Writers Club!