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SA Partridge

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The beta reader

I went to collect my long-awaited advanced copies this morning, which are sitting in a nice crimson pile on my desk at work.

We have high-school girl job shadowing in editorial. I noticed her this morning sitting at the board-room table, hunched over a magazine, incredibly bored. I decided to try my luck and asked if she wanted a book to read. I gave her a copy of Fuse. I didn’t tell her I wrote it or gave any hint at all.

A few hours later I passed her on my way to the kitchen and she was a good way in to it. She looked up at me and said, “This book is really cool!”

“You can keep it,” I replied.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    June 19th, 2009 @13:01 #

    That's a delicious reward. Seeing someone engrossed in something you wrote. Save me an advance copy and enjoy the sensation of crimson pile!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    June 19th, 2009 @13:11 #

    Thanks Helen. I'm always incredibly nervous at the thought of someone reading anything I've written, but I thought that this would be an ideal testing ground. I'm so glad she's enjoying it :) That's the whole point of publishing isn't it?

    Your copy is waiting for you Helen, with stacks of love attached.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    June 19th, 2009 @13:38 #

    Well done, Sally, you saved a soul.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    June 19th, 2009 @17:03 #

    That must have been such a great feeling, Sally!


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