Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing, and Publishing ~

Beta Readers


I almost did a post today about IndieAuthorFringe; but, upon examination found it pandering to “commercial success” — However, whether you crave “success” or not, getting a bit of help from early readers can be Gold — hence, this Wonderful re-blog :-)

Lit World Interviews

Not all writers use beta readers, and not all writers offer their services as beta readers, but both of these things can serve as a huge help in our writing. Looking at it from the writer’s side first, it’s important to know what it is that you’d like your beta reader to do for your story, if there is anything in particular that you do want. Don’t be shy to ask if you suspect a weakness in any area.

In general, as well as glaring plot holes and so on, your beta reader will spot things like continuity problems, or hair that started out blonde and suddenly changed to auburn half way through the story. These are big deal issues for your future readers and often things that we miss because of our closeness to the story. For the same reason, we may leave out crucial descriptive passages or backstory…

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