Up until recently, I always had my YA writing beta-ed and critted by fellow writers, ones that usually read a lot of YA and were deep into the writing process themselves.
This past week, I had my YA manuscript beta-ed by three teens. My 13 year-old nephew, and two teenage girls, aged (I think) 15 and 14.
When their emails showed up in my box, I was just as nervous as when an agent's email shows up.
Will they hate it? Will they think my writing is stinkier than a dead fish? Oh, the stress!
Luckily, the feedback was positive, and I was thrilled. It was an entirely different kind of validation than what I've received from my writing peers.
How about you? Have you had your work read by non-writing members of your target audience?
And on one last note, I'll be on a blogging vacation all of next week. Have a great 4th of July, and see you later!