To roll-on from the last few weeks: reading and chapter length.
This weekly discussion is based around: beta-readers.
For authors: is it worth getting beta readers? and if so, how did you source your beta-readers?
For aspiring authors: Will you get beta-readers to look over your manuscript? and how will you source them?
As an aspiring author, I will get beta-readers to read over my manuscript. I was looking into the option of having a paid mentor to solicit it but I am still unsure.
There are a pros and cons of beta-readers:
Pros – Having a fresh set of eyes ready over to pin point grammar, plot holes and characters.
Cons – sourcing the right reader for your genre – you don’t want a literary beta-reader reading over your high-fantasy manuscript. Time and trust are cons for me. Once you have contacted the beta-reader do you know if you can trust them? and how long will it take for them to return an edited form.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?
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As far as I’m concerned, beta readers are a MUST! My beta readers are life-savers. They take an okay manuscript and point out all the crud I either don’t need or forgot to add, and by the time I’m done working on their suggestions, I feel like I’ve achieved something major.
You raise some really good points, though. It’s important to trust your beta readers, and the sad truth is that there will be a percentage of beta readers that simply don’t come through for you. For whatever reason, they don’t read it, you don’t hear back from them, etc.
I can’t imagine sending anything out into the world in any semi-professional fashion without first having let a herd of wild beta readers tear it apart, but I suppose that’s just my personal belief on the matter. 🙂
I’m glad to hear your personal belief on the matter and I agree.
To have a different perspective critique your manuscript is a major component of moving up in the publishing pile. I am scared to find a trustworthy beta-reader but I’m sure they will present themselves when the time comes.
Thank you again for contributing 😄 👌
While it would be best to have someone familiar with your genre read the work, a general reader is still helpful. Readers will always be able to catch typos, confusing sentences, and unbelievable aspects of the story such as character choices, regardless of their preferred genre. Draft readers are a must for anything being submitted professionally, I think.
I agree. Whether they are a friend, family member or someone from a writing group. Having a fresh eyes on your manuscript can help your story flourish and glow.
Thank you for sharing your opinion on the matter 😄
when i was beta hunting, i posted that i wanted beta readers for the urban fantasy genre, ya/na, and i posted the blurb or my book. those interested got bak to me. I had four, and if there was something i didn’t agree with a beta reader – and no one else pointed that same issue out – i’d ask the other three.
it was a fun expirience and my book is much better because of them.
I think it’s so important to have the beta readers in the genre otherwise the author is wasting their time.
I’m glad to hear it was a fun experience overall, I hope to go down that path soon 👌😃
when you do want beta readers, try the beta readers on goodreads. you have three options there, the free folder, the paid folder and the swap critique.
I saw that today. Thank you 😃
Have you used that service before?
i got all four betas from there + won an editing/developmental offer from the special offer folder.
I’m not a pro there, but i read a lot that paid and betas do the same thing, unless you pay an editor to do a line by line – which is different than beta reading.
if you want to know more, let me know email@example.com
Okay thank you so much for your help.
More than likely, in the future you will receive an email from me about this 😊
i’ll watch out for it.
paid and free betas, i meant are practically the same.
I think beta readers are mega important but I haven’t gotten to that stage yet. I will be in a couple of months and is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. I’m not certain where to find them and who to trust.
I haven’t got to that stage either. It is a huge part of moving your book up the pile of manuscripts/ or self-published titles.
By the sounds of it, we are in the same stage of finishing our novel; I can feel your juxtaposing emotions.
If I find a place for them – I’ll let you know 😃
I’m aiming to try it for the first time on a novella of mine. I’m halfway through editing a second draft. When I finish it, I’m strongly considering a beta reader phase.
Awesome to see Nathan. Good luck with the editing process and finding beta readers 👌😃
Thanks. I do enjoy discussing a story of mine with invested folks, but I do worry about things. Like, are people gonna get hung up on things and be mad if I reject a piece of their feedback? That’s the anxiety in me.
I don’t have plans to put out the Bat Signal for beta readers, so that should help with that. I’m aiming at offering it to certain people I already know anf trust. If I decide to be brave enough at the last minute, I might do a signal to the cosmos.
But it’s something I think could be useful and especially because this is the first in a long series.
I would love to invest my time discussing my works but the people I do invest, hopefully, wouldn’t get upset with their rejection.
I will take that approach as well. I think my close friends and family should build my confidence with swapping feedback and finding plot holes and character flaws.
From what I have read, beta-readers are crucial to making your manuscript shine but if you don’t noone is forcing you.
Goodluck with the first in a long series 😃
Thanks for the good wishes. I really am excited about it. Can’t wait to put it into everyone’s hands.
I feel exactly the same way 😃
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