Publishing a book today takes a village (Part one of three)
The first person to read my first novel was my first agent which, in retrospect, I realize is kind of insane. I was always leery of subjecting my ms to the critiques of readers/writers who probably knew as little as I did and getting bad advice, so I just kind of resolved to sink or swim on my own. Not always sure which I'm doing now... ;-)
Since my first book came from blog posts, I guess my alpha readers were the few who read my blog 😂 However, my beta team was invaluable. I don't know how I would have gotten my book where it is now without them.