I got my first comments back from my first beta reader and I’m so relieved someone likes my story! Since this was my very first reader there were lots of silly things to fix, but by later today my very first TEENAGER will be reading it.


Another benefit of my wonderful network of writing friends is a few of them have offered up their offspring to critique my book. I’m nervous because not only are they my target audience and KNOW what they like, their moms will read it — and they’ve never read my work. Double scary.

I’m also giving my mom her first crack at it. She’s read all my novels and gives wonderful feedback, and I figure I’m safe since it isn’t a synopsis. 😉

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


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