WHAT IS BETA READING?
A beta reader (also pre-reader or critiquer) is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.
Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterisation or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.
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WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR AS A BETA READER?
I am NOT looking for professional edits, proofreading, or track changes at this time.
As the author, I will provide you a feedback form via this beta reading site. The form is easy to access and asks 10 simple questions about your reading experience. To check out the form and get an idea of what will be asked of you, click here.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M QUALIFIED?
Again I'm not looking for editors or proofreaders, so you don't have to be a professional! If you like to read, I want to know what you think. Specifically, I'm looking for readers of Young Adult and/or fantasy novels. If your last three books were non-fiction, this may not be the story for you. If you love magical teenagers causing trouble and gallivanting around Europe during the 1850s, then let's chat.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL THIS TAKE?
The turnaround time will be 5-6 weeks depending on your schedule. That time won't begin until you have the manuscript in your hands. Actually I'll email you a password to access the book on this website, but you get the idea :)
WHEN CAN I START BETA READING?
I'm looking for betas who can begin reading during the month of August. The book is nearly complete, and I plan to upload it for the first round of beta reading, no later than late August.
HOW DO I GET CHOSEN AS A BETA?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (or click the mail icon below), and I'll see which beta reading group is the best fit for you!