Book 2 has entered a brief production phase. I'm doing the work needed to get the novel to reviewers so I'm collecting the front and back matter and thinking about a cover. When I'm done I will create a Kindle version of the book and send out to review.
At the suggestion of someone on Facebook, I've decided to try BookRooster. They charge a small administration fee and put in front of 10 reviewers. This is perfect for me because I really want to keep writing (Book 3 awaits) but I also want to know where the story is weak.
Most of the comments aren't likely to bother me since this isn't while a finished draft but I am nervous about taking this step. I mean, I think the story is complete and really good, but I could be wrong. If people hate it then what do I do?
I think I had these same concerns for Book 1. But Book 1 is a much simpler story. Aside from some character development (which is a matter of opinion) Book 1 does exactly what it sets out to do.
Book 2 is more complex with one story morphing into another and then a twist at the end. It's the twist, I'm worried about; people may say it's contrived. And to a certain extend that's true but it is the characters contriving for other characters. Wheels within wheels.
Still, I really have no choice. The book needs reviewers so that I have the feedback I need to write the best novel possible. I need to know what does not work so I can revise and fix those sections. Hopefully no one will hate it. But unless all the reviewers think it sucks I'm probably going to release it as soon as I can.
I just wish those damn butterflies in my stomach would find another home.