Ok, I set a goal for myself of having something to distribute to strangers by Wednesday. Today I asked my daughter to approach her teacher and ask whether she’d be interested in seeing the early version of my work. She said absolutely she would, and with permission she would share it with her class. I also took the opportunity to email my other daughter’s fourth grade teacher, who also said that she’d happily read it.
So my first draft, sitting at just over 3800 words, is now sitting in both those inboxes. How will two actual teachers of this stuff take it? I honestly have no idea, and I’m quite curious. They could hate it. But I’ve since learned that this would not be the end of the world, and the feedback is crucial to the project. I know the audience I’m aiming at, and they know that audience better than I, so I can’t be afraid of what they’ve got to tell me.
The only thing I fear would be anything coming back on my kids. I asked my oldest daughter whether it would be embarrassing for her to have my book in progress read by all her friends. She said, and I’m quoting, “No it wouldn’t be embarrassing at all why would you even think that it would be. I think it would be awesome.”
What other encouragement does a father need?
Before the night’s out I’m going to send copies to a couple of other teachers from the past who showed an interest in our Shakespeare work. The younger the class the more unlikely that they’ll be able to share the material, but I can still get the teacher’s input.