News and Announcements
- Call for Beta Readers New Years 2019
- Celebration Announcement Coming Soon.
- Projected 2nd draft completion in Winter of 2018.
- Beta Reader review complete on first draft.
- First edit of Supplicant finished as of October 2016.
A Beta Reader is very much like a Beta Tester. If you are not familiar with the term, a Beta Tester is someone who tries out a product, program, or game before its release. They look for bugs, glitches, or any other kind of annoyance that potential customers may experience. They are essential to any project that hopes to find its way into the market.
A Beta Reader performs the same task, but with a novel. They read the book and give honest critiques of the book. Some Betas will read for content and continuity, and others for grammar and spelling. Generally speaking content and continuity will come before grammar and spelling in the draft process. So, Betas might be called upon to read through more than one draft and focus on one type over another.
You must do this if you are going to be an effective team. Its very important that you realize what I just said: team. You and your Betas are a team, and if they are giving their time to help you, then you must be absolutely respectful of that in every way possible.
Authors make many mistakes. My recent editing of my book has humbled me, but hasn't discouraged me. No work springs unbidden from our minds with lustrous perfection. It is unrealistic to believe so. Everything needs editing. It doesn't make you a bad writer. It makes you human. Mistakes will happen. Editing and Beta Readers help you take that rugged gold emblem of authorship and polish it to a brilliant shine.
I will be looking for Beta Readers during the first half of 2015. If you are interested in being a Beta Reader for my novel then please contact me via email, comment on this blog, or on my Facebook Page. I will post in another blog what are the typical expectations of Beta Readers to be the most effective for an author. It is an exciting venture to be on. The book you may Beta for very likely could become the next best seller, and wouldn't that be amazing?