I've been writing for more than twenty years, and I released my first book via e-book years ago. Three more followed. A month ago, I actually got to hold one of my manuscripts in printed form. I've read many articles that talked about how wonderful it felt, and I definitely agree. I also found the printed form a great way to edit further.
Granted, I could go poor if I am not careful, for every book that needed fixing, but if I have exhausted all my editing on the computer, this new format gives me another dimension to view any mistakes or areas of improvement. I have found formatting issues that didn't jump out at me on the computer and even a weird page numbering issue for 5 pages out of 245.
In other news, I am attempting to get my first beta reader for A Bequest of Blood. I have read, edited, re-read and re-edited this book a few times. My husband has vetted it and given the okay, but I haven't had any luck getting any reviews. So I am going to solicit a beta reader. I will report back on this process and hopefully get my other books reviewed in a similar format. Its very nerve racking because I feel like I am sending my child out in the world and I have no idea how she is going to fare. It's not a fun process, but I realize I need to do this if I want to comfortably sit in front of someone and entice them to buy more works.
I found this great article by Belinda Pollard on Beta Readers and thought I would share:
What makes a great beta reader.