Finding and Working With a Beta Reader - Deepstash
What is a beta reader?
  • Think of beta readers as the test audience for your book.
  • It’s not a beta reader’s job to provide grammar and style edits, or help you restructure a tricky plot arc.
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Finding and Working With a Beta Reader

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  • Beta reading is most often done for free as a favor to the author.
  • Many writers offer free copies of their finished books to their beta readers, or acknowledge this favour by thanking...

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  • Many authors start their search by asking friends and family.
  • It’s important that your beta readers approach your work with fresh eyes, with no previous knowledge about the story excep...

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  1. Goodreads group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/50920-beta-reader-group
  2. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1782619931753141/
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  • It’s a good idea to line up multiple beta readers.
  • Keep variety in mind when you search for your readers.
  • Based on the subject matter of your draft, you may also want to consid...

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It can be really helpful to write down a list of questions for your readers to answer about your piece. Like,

  • Did they find your story exciting, or did they fall asleep reading it?

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  • When you receive your readers’ feedback, carefully consider their comments, and decide which comments will become action items, and which are less helpful.
  • Their collective reactions...

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