Ended up making five copies of the manuscript. Used up pretty much three ink cartridges; (21.99 each) but it appears that copying at Kinko's or anywhere else I've looked would cost even more. (When did retail copying become so expensive? When we stopped using them so much?)
This whole writing a book is actually costing me; trips, supplies, employees taking over hours. Didn't expect that.
I have handed out four manuscripts to volunteers, who are willing to read and critique. At first, I was just going to print out a couple, but decided the more suggestions for improvement, the better.
I didn't actually ask anyone to read it -- I just sort of dangled it in front of them, and if they offered, I took them up on it. With the understanding that if they got bogged down for any reason (too busy, really don't like it) they can give it back in a week or two and just say they didn't have the time...
I'd love it if I didn't have to completely rework the damn thing, but I'm guessing from what I'm hearing back so far, I probably will. The goal is the make it a better book. I'm taking the difficulties of each stage as the difficulties of that stage, and feeling fortunate that I didn't know how many times I'd have to work on the damn thing before I started.
Makes me nervous to give it to people, but better to make as many improvements as possible before I put it before the world.
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