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Publetariat Dispatch: 7 Links To Understanding (And Finding) Beta Readers

Publetariat: For People Who Publish!
In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, author Virginia Ripple shares resources for finding and working with beta readers.

Perhaps one of the most daunting things I have yet to accomplish with  my current WIP, Apprentice Cat, is finding enough beta readers. I  imagine its a problem many of you have or will face, too. I’ve put  together 7 links to understanding (and finding) beta readers, as well as  critique partners and editors, in this post in hopes that it will be  helpful to us all.

  1. Finally, an answer! Here’s the difference between line, copy, and content editing  by Pavarti K. Tyler: Besides giving a quick idea to what beta readers  and critique partners are, Pavarti shares gives us the inside scoop on  what each type of editor does and why you might want one.
  2. 3 Ways to Determine if Your Writing is Crap  by Jody Hedlund: In this post Jody breaks down the different levels of  readers an author might use from “unskilled” beta readers (those who  aren’t writers) to fellow writers to professional editors.
  3. Does my manuscript look fat in this? 7 reasons why writers need critique partners by Laura Pepper Wu: Laura explains what makes a great critique partner and why having one is so important.
  4. Ask Jami: How Do We Find Beta Readers?  by Jami Gold: In this post, Jami goes into detail what a beta reader  does and some ways we can find them, including offering ourselves as  beta readers.
  5. The Art of Critiquing:  I explain what makes a good critique and give some suggestions of what  to do before handing over your manuscript to a beta reader or critique  partner in this post.
  6. Critters Makes for Better Writing: In this post I give a more in-depth look at one online resource for critiques.
  7. Bad Critique Groups—8 Things That Can Push a Group Over to the Dark Side  by Ruth Harris: No one wants to be in a bad critique group, so Ruth  gives us 8 things from having no rules to dogmatic PC/Religious  policepersons to watch out for when choosing a crit group.

Do you know of other resources for finding a beta reader?


This is a reprint from Virginia Ripple‘s blog.


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