Well, yesterday was an eventful day. I simultaneously got feedback from five beta readers on Sins of the Father, and at this point, it doesn’t look like I’m going to make the Genre Underground mega-book-launch day of November 15.
The overwhelming feedback is that the plot is genuinely engaging, the characters are well-rounded and believable, and the story overall builds to an exciting conclusion that both wraps up the given story and leaves threads open for a potential sequel (should I ever decide to write one). On the constructive side, it needs more denouement (something which I thought was a possibility) and needs some logistical changes throughout, including name continuity for various things, a couple of secondary characters and their scenes need some tweaking, and the ending fifth or so needs some prose revision for consistency’s sake.
Obviously, none of this is impossible, but in order for me to get this book where I want it to be, I’m going to need some time. The important thing is that the many plots hang together well, and it just basically needs a minor tune-up and a thick coat of polish to really make it shine. One of my beta readers compared it favorably to a Marion Zimmer Bradley sci-fi, saying that Sins of the Father was more compelling and wrapped up better. High praise, indeed!
There were moments universally praised as making the readers ‘misty-eyed’ (success!). No one had anything bad to say about the major events or the way the plot flowed toward the conclusion.
Folks, it’s not broken! (*cheering*) It just needs some adjustments before it’s ready to make its first commercial flight.
It’s going to be great.