Before you get excited and jump at the chance to read material in the editing phase, before it goes to the publisher, I just want to explain what it is I’m looking for. To me, a beta reader is someone who can provide feedback that either improves or verifies the strength of a story. Not only do I need extra eyes to help me find typos and possibly errors in grammar (some of my grammar choices are just that, choices), but I need to know if I’m getting my story and characters across in the best way that I can.
In other words, while it’s nice to hear “I liked it” or “it’s good”, that’s not entirely helpful. I also need to know what you didn’t like and why, what wasn’t so good and why. I don’t need suggestions on how to fix things. I only need to know what doesn’t work for you and why...Read More