My trusted beta-reader has some new updates for me regarding her read-through of Not Famous. She is now a third of the way through. The overall response was very positive, but the primary issue was the following:
You never gave any physical descriptions of anyone. I don’t know what the characters look like!
I was surprised. She was right! While I have mental images in my head about what the characters look like, I never really establish those images for the reader.
I will definitely fix that in my next draft.
The other issue, one I knew before even handing it off, was some issues of redundancy… some are probably a result of the seven years of writing and rewriting and not fleshing them out… others are meant to establish character quirks that I hope will be considered important enough to keep.
Of course, I was really happy when she said, “I am enjoying the story. I do want to know what will become of the relationship [between the main characters].”
If I’ve managed that so far, I’m happy!