Beta Readers play an important part in helping authors (both new authors and established authors) to get their novel ready for publication. Beta reading is done before the story is published, and most often before the book is even edited, so the author can make any amends to the story before it is published.
Who Is A Beta Reader
An alpha reader or Beta Reader is a pre-reader or critiquer. They are non-professional readers (i.e. not editors or anyone in the writing profession) who choose to read a new book not yet published, with the intention of looking over the manuscript to give feedback to the author.
What Does A Beta Reader Do?
Authors looking for Beta Readers may require different bits of advice and feedback from their Beta Reader.
Here are a few examples:
- Make suggestions to improve the story
- Give feedback on the book's characters
- Feedback if the character is believable or if they like an don't like them
- Comments about the setting and how it plays a part in the story (or doesn't)
- Find plot holes and comment on believability
- Advise on slow parts of the story
- Problems with continuity (was the character sitting down a minute ago and now they are suddenly looking out the window)
- Find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling
If this sounds 'just up your street' become one of our Beta Readers by adding your details below.
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Authors are always looking for readers expert in a certain field. Are you skilled in a certain industry that may help an author to ensure their story flows correctly or reads authentically? Maybe you're in the police force or medical profession. You may know about body trauma for thriller writers. Possibly even have a degree in history or another subject that could help either a fiction or non-fiction author. Or you have several languages. If you've travelled extensively and know the ins and outs of certain places that could help an author liven up a setting, please let us know. Anything that may stand to an author ... please list them below.