The Care and Conservation of Beta Readers (Guest Post)…

I’m beginning to ask friends to be beta readers instead of hiring an expensive developmental editor. And the feedback they give is invaluable.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

beta-reader-superheroSeveral years ago, a new phrase crept into my vocabulary. I wasn’t sure where I first heard it, but it was repeated regularly among writing circles in online conversations such as, “Three of my Beta Readers agreed on it, so I revised it.” Beta Readers sounded like something I could use, so I set out to discover them, wherever they were hiding.

I had an editor, and a proofreader. Or two or three… but my pockets were already running pretty thin, so I was concerned about what an additional pair of eyes would cost me. After conversing with a few authors of Honest-to-God Stature, I realized that instead of an additional staff item, Beta Readers were actually a rare species that writers needed to treasure and conserve once found.

There was a time when their species was restricted to the narrow spaces in publishing office cubicles between desks of editors…

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