A Question of Pre-Readership

I was so very proud of myself when it dawned upon me that I had finished my novel. My hands paused, poised above the keyboard, willing more words to come but knowing all the while that I had nothing left to say.

My next step was to complete the edits. I spent days pouring over my manuscript, removing typos and rearranging sentences, adding a scene here, removing a scene there.

And now it is complete and I am up to my third step - sending my novel on to my pre-readers. I have been overcome with nerves over the past few days. I have talked myself out of all of my concerns (namely that people will laugh at me!), and feel comfortable sending my baby out into the world for a healthy dose of constructive criticism.

But here is my problem. I was going to send my pre-readers my novel in an email. However, I don't really trust the whole digital thing. Besides, it may be hard for my readers to give me feedback if they can't write on something tangible.

So what I want to know from you, fellow writers, is what you do when sending out copies of your manuscript to pre-readers? Do you send a digital version, or are you more the hard-copy type of person? Any advice you can give me here would be very much appreciated.


  1. So thrilled you finished your novel! Congrats! I can't give you any advice because I'm far from that point with mine...plus I have no experience being a first time novelist.

    Good luck with the pre-readings!

  2. Thanks, Michelle. It's exciting and terrifying at the same time. All the best with you own novel! xx


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