I'm pretty nervous right now. Why? Because someone is reading my novel A Half Life Of One. It's not just any old reader either. Her name is Lynne W Scanlon, better known as The Publishing Contrarian. Or, if you prefer, The Wicked Witch Of Publishing.
How do I know? Well, yesterday alone she left six comments over on the Half Life blog. She's promised to finish the book (which is a little rash perhaps) and then let me have it with both barrels. If you've ever visited her blog you'll know that she doesn't hold back when it comes to criticism.
So I'm nervous. Very nervous in fact. The thing is, though, she's a publishing professional with a good track record. The kind of person it's usually impossible to reach via the conventional publishing route.
So, whatever she says, I'll take it like a man. In other words, I'll crawl off into a corner and break down in tears.