I've begun chiseling my current work in progress. You know...looking at characterization, plot, words, and getting my characters name straight. For some reason all their last names ended up being Miller. Yeah, I had to make sure to diversify.
And...I found me an awesome Teen beta reader...and she's not family so I don't have to bribe her. Woohoo!
I have to admit it was scary business sending her the draft. I've worked with kids/teens and they can be brutally honest. Not mean...Just real. I got used to getting crits from adult betas and have developed a shell for it and learned to look through their eyes. But a teen beta? My target audience? I didn't know what to expect.
What I got was a well written and honest feedback, balancing the good and the bad. I survived. And it felt really, really good to reach my target audience.
What about you? Have you received feedback from your target audience?