Friday, March 4, 2011
Thanks Authors Incognito
I have just completed two novels and have them polished to the point that my eyes can do them no more good. Last night, after I realized a certain family member was not going to be the resource I had counted on to proof-read my books, I decided I needed to find a good beta reader. But asking someone to do something that even a family member wouldn't do left me feeling uncomfortable. I hate to ask for favors.
I became discouraged and ventured down the self-defeating I'll-never-become-a-published-author path. (I'm sure that never happens to any of you other writers out there). After a good night's rest, and some prayer, I felt better this morning. But I still needed to find a reader. I decided to post my need on an aspiring author Yahoo group that I'm associated with, Author's Incognito. Less than an hour later I had four different individuals contact me via e-mail to tell me they would be happy to be a beta reader for me. That made my day and gave me the jolt I needed to keep going.
I want to give a hearty THANK YOU to all those wonderful caring people who are members of Author's Incognito. I know I am not alone in receiving help on this not-so-pleasant path of becoming an author. I see other examples daily on our Yahoo group of help extended to others in a myriad of ways. It is refreshing oasis in a world filled with selfishness.