This latest book has been far more of a collaboration with other authors than before – I’ve done a lot more bouncing ideas off others, and tossing out chapters and asking “What next? Where would you take this? How would you do that?”
My alpha readers can definitely tell you that I didn’t take all of their suggestions – but they will be able to look at the finished product and go “Ah, I see where she adjusted for the feedback I gave her.” Sometimes I adjusted the story so the readers wouldn’t expect that anymore. Sometimes I took the expectation and twisted it. And sometimes I ran with it… but often, I found myself staring at the cursor and going, “I don’t know. I guess I’ll go talk to a friend and see what they think.”
Does this happen to you, too?
…also, is amazon being really, really slow on the new books going live for anyone else?