My heroes, Robert and Darrin McGraw, authors of ANIMAL FUTURE, which I reviewed here as the Best. Book Ever., have been working on a new book. I was privileged to be one of their beta readers, and was strongly impressed by the questions they asked when I had finished.
These are the questions I plan to ask myself about my own baby before I send it out into the world:
1.) What is it about the book that works really well?
2.) What is it that sparkles, that might make this story stand out from other books?
3.) Are there any aspects that might make readers think “Wow, this is a great book. This should win an award!”
4.) Is there anything special about this book?
These are excellent questions, for oneself and for one’s beta readers (assuming, of course, that one’s beta readers are reasonably honest and upfront with one. Brandishing a pistol or a machete while asking would probably not be useful.
What other questions would be particularly helpful to ask of oneself and/or of one’s beta readers?
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Answer these questions about your favorite book.