Beta Readers are becoming more popular as authors go Indie and want a reader to look over their work rather than an editor.
As I’m looking at a more traditional publishing model via an agent, I’ve considered looking at Beta Readers as well.
When I digitally published, this wasn’t as much of a concern as there was enough editing done in-house, I worried less about content as there were so many eyes looking at it, and I had really good editors. 🙂
I’ve asked my fellow authors who use beta readers how they go about finding them. There seem to be a number of ways to do this:
- Post to FB, Twitter, etc and ask for Beta Readers to read your latest book. I think there are Beta Reader Groups out there. I plan to post to a Local Steampunk group as I think they might be interested in reading my story.
- Readers you meet randomly – I actually found a reader at a Con last year, and I think she will work out well. I’d like more beta readers, but one will do for now.
- Friends and Family – I’ve heard reason’s not to use friends and family, but my argument would be that you are looking for continuity in your story. That being said, make sure you pick a friend who is an avid reader. Also, if you write Mystery and your sister is a hard-core YA reader, you may want to take that into consideration when reviewing her feedback. She can likely still provide great character insight, but may not enjoy the read as much as she might a YA read.
I’ve heard Indie authors who use Beta Readers prior to Editing and some use them after. Obviously I will use them before hiring an editor. I’m looking for Beta readers to review for content, character likeability, plot holes to some extent and the like. I’m looking for an overall critique, not editing. I believe that should be done by the publisher, as I’ve experienced in the past. Honestly, if an agent tells me to hire an editor – I will likely skip the agent process all together. 🙂
Until next Writer Wednesday, be naughty. ~Tina
P.S. If you are interested in being a Beta Reader for a Steampunk novel, go ahead and comment below. 🙂