The End to the Beginning

As many of you know, I was able to type this on Saturday:

The End


This was a wonderful moment in the my life, as it marked the completion of my first-ever TRILOGY. If you’ve been here a while, you know it’s been a hard road to reach that point, for me. Many of my friends encouraged me to celebrate and, believe me, I wanted to!

I was just too tired.

Today, though, I got to start the fun part: rewriting. Tweaking. Fixing. Editing after my beta-reader got through with reading my story and making all kinds of notes.

To me, this is the best. But of course, that’s because I have a great beta. She sends me pages of my manuscript with notes all over it, knowing that I will read each one and change what I’ve written based upon her thoughts.

Or not.

We have a solid relationship, my beta and I. Anyone looking for a beta needs to find someone whom they trust implicitly. With whom they are free to be themselves, who will not judge them based upon the words they have written for a story. Not that my beta isn’t pleased to read my work; she is. But if she hated every other page, we would still be close, still be in a solid place, still respect one another.

No. Matter. What.

Which means she can be honest. Which means I can heed or ignore what she says. Which means that I get the inside jokes she will leave in the margins.

woman working on laptop at homeSo today, I went back to the beginning. To the notes I wrote on page one. Notes no one but my beta will ever see. Reaching The End was terrific, but it’s only part of the process. Today, I moved on, back to page one, and read everything my beta wrote, marking up my copy of my manuscript as necessary. Tomorrow, I will go over the same chapters again without her notes, reading and making more notes.

Then, I’ll have a rewrite.

All the way to The End.

Again. 🙂



  1. Tony Fleenor · June 9, 2014

    Congratulations! I think! A lot more to this writing thing than I realized. “Beta” reader? I have a couple of people to look at my blog each time before I publish it, but not in the way you describe here. At what point in your writing career did you find the need for a “beta.” Would your mom make a good beta? Just asking. Don’t tell her…yet!

    • Sandi · June 9, 2014

      Hey, Tony!
      Thank you. 🙂 Writing is a lot of work, for real.

      A beta reader. Well, if you’ve heard of “beta-testing” a product, that’s the people who play with a product/computer software/something before it goes on the open market. A beta reader is someone who reads for you before your words go into the world. 🙂

      I have always needed a beta reader for my novels. Always. Any writer is pretty much not able to edit their own work, regardless. Our brains tend to see what was intended when we re-read our own work right after we wrote it. A beta doesn’t have that happening.

      Mom is a grand beta and had served as such for me and for my cousin, Chris Suitt. But I won’t say anything to her. No worries.

      Thank you for reading!

  2. activechristian · June 9, 2014

    Congratulations, Sandy. YOU are a real writer! 🙂

    • Sandi · June 9, 2014

      Hey, Stacy!

      That is the job. lol Thank you. YOU are the media expert! 🙂

  3. Warren C. Bennett · June 9, 2014

    The end is never truly the end.

    I have my brother. He is good at brutal honesty. I just tell him I don’t necessarily have to take his advice, heh.

    • Sandi · June 10, 2014

      LOL Well, you and your brother certainly have a tight relationship. I’m glad he works with you. 🙂

  4. Jack Flacco · June 12, 2014

    Great hearing of your wonderful news, Sandi! Can’t wait until it hits the shelves! 🙂

    • Sandi · June 13, 2014

      Thank you, Jack! Looking at next spring. 🙂 I hope. lol

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