So you’ve written the first chapter of your novel and posted it on ChapterBuzz. Way to go!
Now, what do readers think?
Wait, you say. Isn’t it a little too soon to be asking readers what they think?
Nope! In fact, this is the best time.
Knowing what’s resonating with your readers—and what could use improvement—is critical in these early stages, when your novel is just starting to take shape.
But don’t just take my word for it! I’m always hearing from ChapterBuzz authors about how valuable their feedback has been.
“It was refreshing to receive so much feedback on my work-in-progress that I can’t stop now,” says award-winning Tier IV Rising Star Author Dacia M Arnold. “Thank you for creating this amazing opportunity.”
Asking for feedback opens up a direct line between you and the minds of your readers, so you know what they’re thinking. Chances are they’ll like what you’ve written. But now, they have the chance to ask questions, point out something that didn’t make sense, or maybe even throw in a few ideas. Or just tell you how much they enjoyed reading it.
Sometimes small tweaks are all you need, and other times bigger changes are necessary. For example, maybe there’s a character that readers aren’t quite connecting with, and before long you realize the character is not even essential to the story. This gives you an opportunity to get rid of that character—and tighten up your plot.
If you’re like the rest of us, you’ll find it highly motivating to write a book while surrounded by both writers and non-writers who are eager to help!
I’m Timothy Pike, creator of ChapterBuzz. Be sure to download my free guide, How to Write the Perfect Novel (With the Help of Feedback!)