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.
Here’s a list of questions I’d ask of my beta readers:
- Did the book hold your interest?/ Were there parts you got stuck/lost interest?
- Did you feel connected to the main characters? If not, why not?
- Did the setting help add to the story, take away from it, or was it just neutral (neither adding nor detracting from the story)?
- 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:
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.