Beta readers.

I am asking this question for others benefit, because I feel it is an important part of writing.

Everyone in their writing career at some point has heard the term, beta readers.

But what are they? What is their purpose? And how do you chose who to send your writing to before it’s actually published? What do you do when you get a negative results?

  • I found just finding beta readers to be a Herculean task. It's really hard to find people who have something relevant to say about your writing and who actually have the commitment to read a rough book. It's a certain level of professionalism, friendship, and detachment. Not sure I have the right formula yet.
    – DWKraus
    Oct 21, 2020 at 2:45
  • started a new chat room for beta reviewers and people who need a beta reviewer. If your looking for beta reviewers I would definitely be willing to look at your story. chat room link Oct 22, 2020 at 23:57

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Who are they- Beta readers are people who review your work and give suggestions before you go to publishers, where there might be an editor who will do the same thing.

What's their purpose- To review your work and make it better. Most people can do this, but people you know(family/friends) might just say 'that's great' to make you feel good so factor that into their reviews. Beta reviewers can pass that because you (probably) don't know them and they (probably) don't know you and will give an honest, or at least very minimally sugar-coated, review.

How to choose- I don't know. I haven't found any good beta review sites but this question suggests a few options that might help. I have no experience with those sites so go at your own risk.

what do I do with negative results- It depends. If it's a short 'you suck!' or equivalent, ignore it. If they keep coming, then maybe you do need to reread and heavily modify your story. Plot is probably fine but the rest of everything might not be. If it's constructive criticism like 'maybe fix this, add some stuff here, and do that', then do that and see if you like it better. If overall it makes the story better then say thanks and add it to your story.

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