I have to say, it felt great to finally push the button to publish Days Gone Bad. Almost four years since I started the first draft until now, but I am glad I waited. DGB was the first book I finished and actually considered publishing. Waiting to release it gave me time to write more books, give more depth to the characters, and come to the startling realization I needed an editor. That last point was especially important.
I initially wrote Days Gone Bad back in 2009. It started out as a short story and sort of, well, exploded. Not surprisingly, it needed a lot of love to get to its current form. After toiling over three drafts on my own, I realized I needed some outside opinions. My beta readers were a huge help, but I wanted opinions from people I didn’t know and who had no knowledge of me or my sense of humor.
This eventually led me to Critters.org. I can’t say enough good things about them. Some of the most important feedback I received came from users on Critters. Give them a whirl if you’re thinking about joining a workshop. There are no fees and the system works quite well (you have to deliver critiques of other member’s work to get critiques of your own).