test reading Hidden Truths

On June 15th, I finished the second draft of my work-in-progress, Hidden Truths. Since it’s a rather long and complex story with many characters and subplots, I wanted to have a few test readers who read the story as a whole and give me some feedback. So I posted a request for test readers here on the blog and in groups like lesfic_unbound. Reactions were pretty overwhelming. Within a few hours, my mail box filled with offers to test read. In total, I got about sixty offers from potential test readers. Wow. I wasn’t quite prepared for that much feedback …

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It takes a village…

Writing is, by its very nature, a solitary process. I know writers who prefer it that way. I don’t. One of the things I like most about writing in English is that it allows me to interact with other writers, readers, beta readers, editors, publishers, etc. Creative writing is less common in Germany (yep, we’re still the land of Goethe and Schiller), and we don’t have large fanfiction fandoms that can help writers learn their craft. When I was writing in German, I had a “fan club,” but no one who pointed out ways to improve my novel and my …

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