Beta Readers

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Not all writers use beta readers, and not all writers offer their services as beta readers, but both of these things can serve as a huge help in our writing. Looking at it from the writer’s side first, it’s important to know what it is that you’d like your beta reader to do for your story, if there is anything in particular that you do want. Don’t be shy to ask if you suspect a weakness in any area.

In general, as well as glaring plot holes and so on, your beta reader will spot things like continuity problems, or hair that started out blonde and suddenly changed to auburn half way through the story. These are big deal issues for your future readers and often things that we miss because of our closeness to the story. For the same reason, we may leave out crucial descriptive passages or backstory…

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8 thoughts on “Beta Readers

  1. Hi Kim!
    I’m at the point where I will be needing help. Questions: Beta readers or editor? If beta reader, how many? How do I identify or locate beta readers? This post was very timely and informative. Thanks!

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    • Hey LInda! Thanks for stopping by. I had a few, about 8, but only heard back from about 5, so I’ve removed the ones who never replied back and I”ve added some new ones that I haven’t sent to yet. I’m not sure how many is best. Looks like I have about 12 now. I used my reader’s list to get my beta readers, called Kim’s Book Launch Team. They have the option of joining when they join my Reader’s List (newsletter). I ask also that they leave an honest review of the book on Amazon, and/or Goodreads, or their favorite bookseller as soon as the book is released.

      To get beta readers another way, you may be able to find them on facebook groups. Join reader groups and put out a request. I typed Beta Readers in the search bar on facebook and a bunch of groups came up.

      Hope that helps

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  2. I know a lot of authors who use beta readers when they’ve completed their novel. I admit I’ve never done that, but I do work with a critique partner through the creation process so that I’m correcting as I’m going. Whether an author chooses to work with a CP or betas at the end, I do think one or the other is important.

    Good reblog, Kim!

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    • Thank you, Mae! I used to have CPs and they still critique when they can. I use Beta Readers and I recently hired someone who evaluates my manuscript and if we feel it’s necessary I pay extra for line editing also.

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    • That’s great, A. M. I have had both good and bad experiences. From the ones I heard back from, I have received invaluable feedback.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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