This is the November post for IWSG.
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts lately about beta readers. What you should do and not do, etc. For me this is coming up in December. I will, hopefully, have my novel finished by the end of the month. Then I’ll be sending my novel out to Beta readers. I’ve already had a lot of alpha readers from my writing group. So, the question is who makes a good beta reader?
I think the best readers are those who have never read it. They can give a fresh perspective and will be like the actual readers who end up buying your book. Finding these readers won’t be too hard. If you belong to some online writing groups or FB groups you can put a call out to see if anyone is interested. I have a few friends that are English professors who I would totally trust giving me the most constructive criticism if needed.
Another great beta group is your writing group. For me this is very true. Most of them have never read any of my stuff, so fresh eyes with great critique skills will be welcomed. I also have members of my previous writing group who know my story and pushed me to great heights and their input will also be invaluable.
I have stayed away from letting family ready my stuff so far. I read that they cannot be objective because they love you and want you to succeed. I see that a lot on talent shows where the children cannot hold a tune and yet the parents are like you are so awesome! I am sure I will send it to my mom but after the professional edit is done.
It’s been hard trying to finish this book. I wasn’t able to write for 3 months because of morning sickness that lasted the whole first trimester. Now I am on fire and projected to finish by the end of the month.
Where do you find your beta readers?