What are the five most terrifying words in the English language?
“Move and I will shoot!” seems fairly intimidating.
“It’s not you, it’s me,” generally ends up sucking pretty hard.
While those are pretty bad, I think that, “Will you read my novel?” has to rank right up there at the top.
Reading a novel-length book takes a serious investment of time. I mean, if you ask a buddy to help you move to a new house, they might be dedicating the better part of a day to helping you out. If you’re asking them to commit to reading an alpha or beta-draft of a novel, you’re talking about multiple evenings and weekends.
Then you’re gonna interrogate them for their opinions.
It’s pretty safe to assume that if you help a buddy move, you’ll at least get some beer and a couple slices of pizza out of it.
“Read my novel?”
Not so much.
To every one who’s taken a swing at reading and critiquing my stuff, thank you. Seriously. It makes a world of difference.
… and I probably owe you beer and pizza.