So what do you do if you volunteer to be a beta reader for a novelist? Why you take the book on holiday to France, of course!
Now I’m not saying that if you get a chance to read one of my betas that you’ll get a trip to France, your results may vary. But, if you happen to have a vacation coming up, it does seem like an ideal time to read (Shameless Plug Warning –> particularly one of my books!).
So my good friend Beth, from Jersey (England), read Murder & Mochas and volunteered to be a Beta Reader for Mercury & Murder (Book 2 of the Beowulf Chronicles). As luck would have it, I finished just in time for her holiday in France and she took the book along with her.
The ruins in the background are of Les Tours de Merle, a castle in the commune of Saint-Geniez-ô-Merle, in the Corrèze département of France. It was a feudal fortress from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries, and a historic monument since July 30, 1927. At one time it included seven castles, two chapels, and village. Probably some people as well. And it exchanged hands, at least once, during the Hundred Years War.
I must say that it feels pretty cool to see my, not-yet-published, book globetrotting already! To top that off, not only did Beth take the time to read it and provide me feedback, but she also took it on her vacation. I feel honored!
The good news is that she liked it. She liked it more than Murder & Mochas and she liked it so much that she read it in one evening! In general, the feedback has been that this one is better — better plot, better pacing, more polished, etc. Good to know that I’m getting better (I think that’s how it’s supposed to work). That said, I’ve still got a lot of work to do before I finish up Mercury & Murder, but more on that in my next post.