Monday, March 4, 2013

Beta Readers

I’ve been giving this a ton of thought lately. I need a few. I can’t join a critique group, because I just don’t have the time. What I do need is honest feedback from readers, because in the end readers are the people buying our books.
How does one go about finding a beta reader? I’m not sure because I’ve never traveled down this path. What am I looking for in a beta reader? To tell me if the story has any plot holes, consistency and overall enjoyable.
I write M/F, M/F/M, M/M/F and M/M. If you’re interested in reading any of the following and offering your opinion please contact me at amberskyze AT aol DOT com with Beta Reader in the subject line.


  1. Good idea. I've been throwing this one around lately too!

  2. Since I send review requests out to a lot to different book review bloggers, I have befriended a few and gotten a little comfortable communicating with them. One time, one asked me what I was working on. After I told her, I asked if she wanted to read a little of it and tell me if I was on the right track. She said YES! Another time, I told a reviewer that I wished she'd read my book BEFORE I'd published it and she offered to read a rough draft for me in the future.

    That's one way I've fallen into getting a beta reader or two. But they all seem like accidental incidents to me. I guess if you're on a first name basis with one of your reading fans that has contacted you in the past, you could probably ask her! I don't really know!

  3. My first thought is you'd need to be very careful in your selection process due to not having a copyright on the work yet.

  4. Amber - listen to Tessie. Don't do it. You really must trust a beta reader.

  5. Thanks for all the advice Linda, Tessie and Julia. You've definitely given me food for thought.