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Tuesday Discussion

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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