I received the coolest mail today.
This is a beta copy of a novel, which Julie Christine has been blogging about over the past year at Chalk the Sun. She has been kind enough to send it to me as a beta reader — complete with red pen! I have several deadlines to meet this weekend before I can dig into it, but I couldn’t help but eagerly scan the first page and admire the professional presentation. It was with deep regret that I put it down again so that I can do all the things that I must do first.
I have done a lot of peer review of short stories in the classroom, but I have never been in a position before to give feedback on a mature novel that is being seriously developed for publication. I truly could not be more excited. Are there any more exciting words than Chapter One?