Last night I was reminded how different male and female perspectives can be when reading something. One of my betas on MNE pointed out that the male character seemed a bit castrated and that didn’t make sense. But to my female readers, this never occurred to them. Myself included. Though it’s an obvious story flaw when it’s pointed out. It’s good to have that perspective for revision because I probably wouldn’t have thought anything of it — but readers would have. Especially male readers.
This is, again, why it’s a good idea for me to get both a male and female perspective before a final revision. It’s the reason I use readers to begin with. Especially when I don’t have an editor going over stuff until the very end.
Sent the first half of Into Darkness to the editor. I have one particular reader I use for these books and he reads after my editor and I toss the MS back-and-forth a few times.. The second half of the book is still being revised. I really don’t think Thirteen Covens is coming out this year. Probably next. But if it’s any consolation, I do think Switched is the book I’ll be working on for the last half of the year once MNE (short novella) and ID are both out the door. I do plan on working on the series of short stories in the next few months, too (along with the experimental stuff). 🙂
My computer should be back up and running tonight. I’m running behind on readings. All of that will be caught up tonight.