Calling On Beta Readers!

Hey Y’all?

How are you all doing? Hope you’re well. As of today, it’s been about two weeks since Black Dahlia was released and most of the responses have been very positive. I always welcome feedback no matter how you felt about the story. Whether it is positive, negative or in between. I like hearing your thoughts and questions on my work.

With that said…

I am looking for two to three more beta readers to help me during the revision stages of my books.

Now you might ask, “Tiffany, what’s a beta reader?” Good question. Allow me to explain.

A beta reader is someone who is a fan of the genre and likely the author they are critiquing. They are given a preview of the author’s work after the first one or two (or twelfth) draft has been written, but not published. The job of a beta reader is to give honest feedback and critique on the author’s work.

beta reader

 

Here’s a list of questions I’d ask of my beta readers:

  1. Did the book hold your interest?/ Were there parts you got stuck/lost interest?
  2. Did you feel connected to the main characters? If not, why not?
  3. Did the setting help add to the story, take away from it, or was it just neutral (neither adding nor detracting from the story)?
  4. Were there any discrepancies in time or sequencing of the story?

These are just some of the questions I would ask of my beta readers. You wouldn’t necessarily be asked to write down each answer and send back responses in a Word document or anything. These are just questions to keep in mind as you read over the story.

I would likely give my betas about a week’s turn around time from when I send out the novel to when I’d need your feedback. I understand most people are busy and this is a favor you are doing for me as an author, so I will do my best not to rush anyone or send readings at the last minute. As a beta reader, I would also require that you not share the writing with anyone else.

Essentially, your job as a beta is to help me avoid producing work like this:

beta joke

As a beta reader you will get to read the story before anyone else (for free! at that). So it’s a win-win situation. You get to read a (hopefully) enjoyable story and I get some good critique and a chance to produce a better novel for readers.

 

That’s pretty much it.

If you’re interested in being one of my beta readers. Send me an email at TiffanyPattersonWrites@gmail.com with the words “Beta Reader” in the subject line.

 

5 Comments on Calling On Beta Readers!

  1. Quay
    September 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to be a beta reader for you. I have a feeling you will be very successful in this writing game.

    Reply
    • Quay
      September 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm (2 years ago)

      I would love to become a beta reader for you, I believe that you will be very successful in this writing game.

      Reply
      • Tiffany
        September 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm (2 years ago)

        Thank you!

        Reply
  2. Kay
    September 18, 2015 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

    This series is one that I definitely enjoy. What kept the book interesting for me was the glimpses into the lives of the entire “cast” of players. I look forward to the next book in the series, seeing Andre in love, as well as, seeing Mistress Coco and Iris find love again. Thank you for sharing your work 🙂 I wish you continued success. p.s. the only thing that could make consuming your work is to be able to purchase audio versions via audible of the 2 works in this series. (hint hint) 🙂

    Reply
    • Tiffany
      September 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Kay,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I will talk to my publisher about audio versions for my books!

      Reply

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