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Finished a work on Friday, sent it off to the beta readers whose opinions I trust, and now I'm sitting around like one of those goody two shoes kids whose entire life is school as they're waiting for their report card to come in. A couple days ago it seemed like the best thing I'd ever written, but now I'm just counting the minutes and worrying that it's total crap that will alienate every fan I've managed to acquire. Anyone ever feel like this? I'm probably a little too addicted to the approval of my readers, but damn, I just want to know if it's as good as I think it is.

Time to check my email again...
 

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Lia Sebastian said:
I'm right there with you. Waiting since Thursday. I'm trying not to think about it, but . . . you know how that goes.
If you figure out how to not think about it, lemme know. Cuz it's an every thirty seconds things here. Probably wouldn't be so bad if I could get out and do something.
 

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I distract myself by giving my beta readers the 2nd draft in 4 parts. While they work on part 1, I'm revising part 2. Then I hand them part 2 and start revising part 3. By the time I've circled around and started the third draft (which uses their feedback), I've heard back from most of them. A side-effect of this approach is that it gives both of us deadlines; I have to have revisions ready for the next release, and they have to return feedback before I get to that part of the third draft.
 
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