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You’ve Written a First Draft. Now what? : Episode 004

Authors Talking Bookish with hosts Hope Gibbs and Donna Norman-Carbone

So, you have a complete first draft of a novel. Congratulations, first of all, you’ve written a novel; that is an accomplishment unto itself. Now what? Is it ready for publication? Probably not yet. This episode addresses next steps after you complete that first draft.


You need eyes on your work for unbiased feedback. What are some options?

  • Writing group

  • Critique partners

  • Content editors

  • Writing coaches

What’s the difference between alpha readers and beta readers? And at what stage do you need them?

Creating a guide for the kinds of feedback you are looking for on your novel: Sample (FREE DOWNLOAD) Alpha/Beta Reader, CP Questions

Where do you find people to review your book?


Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA)


Research some of the links we’ve provided. See what is the best fit for you. Create your own list of Desired Feedback. Reach out & share your work.

Hope Gibbs, author of Where the Grass Grows Blue

Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred

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