What all potential beta-readers, especially mine, really need to know

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The following edited description of what a beta-reader does is taken directly from Wikipedia:

A beta-reader is someone 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 to make suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is done before the story is released for public consumption. Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterisation or believability.

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In effect, as a beta reader you are performing exactly the same function as a fulltime editor, not a critic. Some people simply fail to make the distinction, often unnecessarily taking the author to task, while completely forgetting that until its published, it is still a work in progress!!!

So far I have two volunteers, one English –…

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2 thoughts on “What all potential beta-readers, especially mine, really need to know

  1. No, I haven’t offered for the same reason. I can’t look objectively at a story. It grabs me or it doesn’t. Mistakes in plot or Oxford English are lost me of a story is good x

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