This article written by Val Neil provides great insight into what to expect from beta readers, how to go about finding them and how to manage your expectations of their feedback.
What are they?
People who read your polished manuscript (do not send them your shitty first draft) and give you feedback. Ideally they should be readers, NOT other writers, though that can be harder to come by.
How many do you need?
Depends on where you are in your writer journey. If you’re a newbie, you’re going to need more, and likely several different rounds. Make sure you’re using critique partners first to get your errors under control.
Where to find them:
- Beta readers and critique partners
- BetaReader Connect – Find Beta Readers & Critique Partners
- Beta Readers & Critiques
- Free beta readers, free critiques, and paid editors
- Beta Reader Writers Club
- Fantasy ARC and Beta Readers
- Betareader.io (free or paid)
- Betabooks.co (paid only)
A call for betas should always include the genre, word count, and a hook/blurb. Use this as an opportunity to work on your ad copy…
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