I'm going to gripe because I'm really irked with my run of bad luck lately in regards to beta readers. Fresh eyes are always good to have, so like all writers, I ask for them. They see things I miss because I've read the story a million times. Always, I get people who say they'd love to beta. I send out the MS and nervously wait. And wait. And wait. And wait. Finally, I get up the courage to ask for progress update.
And get told they forgot about the story.
I don't begrudge people for having their own stuff to do and having a favor I ask them slip by the way. It happens to me and I'm not griping about that. No, my annoyance is more the fact how often this happens to me. I send out a story for critique and hear nothing back or the dreaded, "Crap, I forgot." when I finally ask about it. Sometimes, if my inbox stays empty, I don't ask because I don't want to be told that.
Seriously, how bad can my luck be that this happens all the time?
PS: It's also the two year anniversary of IWSG! Thanks Alex for this awesome group and here's to many more years to come.