Beta Readers & The Braid

To be released July 13, 2015

To be released July 13, 2015

My plan was to publish The Braid, the story I’ve been working on, yesterday. Instead, I’ve had beta readers looking it over and I’ve decided to delay until July 13.

My typical writing process is to get the story out, polish the story once, edit and publish. This time I wrote the story and sent it to Peter Salomon to beta read. He sent back very good critiques and I rewrote and edited it. I sent it back.

I gave it to another few beta readers—Robin Wiesneth, Rachel Reese and Amy Eye all looked at it. Sitting down with Rachel, we went over a paper printed version. I couldn’t believe, after all that, I still had typos. I decided to delay publishing to July and keep polishing.

It’s been difficult to take things so slow. I’m naturally impatient and always pressed for time. I have gone through stages where I’ve hated the whole story and want to just scrap it and write something new. I’m determined to stick this out and take the slow journey to see how it affects the final product. If in the end I wind up with a stellar piece of work, it will all be worth it. Only time will tell.

And I look forward hearing what you think when I do finally publish The Braid July 13th.


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third generation Uchinanchu and an award-winning American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020.
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