What Is a Beta Reader?

You guys!

You may not believe me, but I have some pretty big news: I recently wrote the last sentence in my novel, Capacity.

It’s been a long time coming.

I’ve spent an entire year squeaking this story out, squeezing it into the early hours of my mornings or holding office hours at a local coffee shop. But it is finished.

Well, sort of.

I still need to patch up some loose ends, plug some holes, and let my husband take a peak. After all, I consider him my alpha reader. My primary peer editor.

After all of that, however, I will be on the lookout for beta readers.

What is a beta reader, you ask?

It is someone who enjoys reading, and can identify a novel’s strengths and weaknesses from a reader’s perspective. Someone who can point out if something is amiss or unbelievable. Someone who can offer up suggestions to make a manuscript stronger.

It’s someone who can make my novel better.

Will that person be you?

If you’re interested in being a beta reader for me, please comment below or message me privately. It may be a short while until I’m completely ready to share my work in this way, but your input will be invaluable in shaping and strengthening my novel.

Thank you so much in advance!

Hopefully you’ll get to pick it from a shelf someday and read it that way as well.

6 Comments on “What Is a Beta Reader?”

  1. I don’t know if I am good beta reader or not. But I am willing (excited!) to read your book and give you my honest feedback. Totally understand if you have a no family member policy or are looking for someone who can think more critically about your book. It must be tough to put it out there and solicit others opinions.

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  2. Yeah, it’s terrifying to put it out there for other people to read. Strange to think the ultimate goal is to have it mass produced so lots of people can read it and make everything even scarier. There’s definitely no rule against family reading it–you’re just not allowed to disown me if you don’t like it! I would absolutely love it if you’d read it! I highly trust your opinion!!


  3. Congratulations on finishing your first draft! I was wondering just a few days ago how you were doing on it. If it is half as good and insightful as your blog posts, it will be amazing! I can’t wait to see it in print. And I would love to be a beta reader, if you’re willing to have me as one. 🙂

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