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The Ultimate Guide to Beta Readers

Feb 22, 2022
hi everyone, two years ago i had no idea what a

beta

reader was and a few years before most people didn't know what they were, there has been a big shift in the last 5-10 years from traditional to

beta

publishing desktop publishing and because of that, there's been a shift in the responsibility of the writer versus the editor, so with self-publishing you're taking on the job of the traditional editor and the regular writer, so it doesn't matter what kind of publication you do. you should always incorporate reading faders into your process now to do this you usually do it and make your script as perfect as possible yourself you should never send a first draft of the script to your beta

readers

it's just not great it's just analyze it and make sure it's not riddled with plot holes because you can't polish some crap. and based on your input, it embeds those beta editions into your novel, and you can then submit your manuscript to a professional publisher.
the ultimate guide to beta readers
It's better to do the professional editing last because you want your big problems already solved. being blinded by all those mistakes you want them to see deeper into the novel and if the top looks bad they won't be able to do very well if you give them a mediocre starting point they might be able to take it to the awesome level but if you give them an amazing foundation they will take it even higher your input of course i mean you are the one who will have to make changes the first question is who needs beta

readers

im sure they all need them badly. of people use beta readers even if they don't know it a parent, significant other or best friend anyone who reads your work and gives you feedback is technically a beta reader and to be honest most of us need that If anyone tells us yes or no, we're crazy to take our story in a specific direction, even if you're considering not using beta readers.
the ultimate guide to beta readers

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the ultimate guide to beta readers...

I'll go ahead and assume you're interested in the topic because you're watching this video, so go ahead. Hear me out if you are a writer then one day you hope to get published and have thousands or even millions of people read your stuff. You won't be able to please every one of them, but you want to please the majority. of them, specifically, your target audience doesn't seem relatable to your main character when you think they're perfectly relatable if most of your beta readers tell you they're not, then chances are you and your company partners need to do some editing. critics are somewhat biased on this issue.
the ultimate guide to beta readers
Hopefully you know more about the character, than you're actually writing about. You know the backstory of the characters, and unless you're putting all of that into your novel, the reader won't know. about it doesn't mean you have to put it all you're not that's not what i'm saying at all but sometimes there's an element that gets lost in translation and it's something you're not going to see that's what you need beta readers so everyone can benefit from a beta reader pick up on things you've missed 20 times, like your character running down a road after spraining his ankle or a car that turned him into a truck in the next chapter. holes you never thought of are here to improve your writing and it's valuable feedback you need on the road to publication question 2 is how do i ask for better readers and where do i do that?
the ultimate guide to beta readers
So let's talk first about what you should include when you actually announce that you want beta readers. Your application should include some basic information about your novels so potential beta readers know whether or not they want to invest their time and effort into things like your story. gender, your word count, your synopsis too and this is very important, make sure your potential betas know if there is any adult content or graphic scenes in your story, yes this is basic information but it could save you a lot of headache with repetitive questions when they say Hey, how many words does it have?
A novel of 75,000 words. It's going to be totally different than the beta version. Read a novel of 150,000 words. Decide what type of feedback you want, and then ask if that works well for your beta version. grammar then make sure this is in your application if that is the main reason they want a beta version then they will be upset if it turns out you don't want them to do that you have wasted their time and yours by not being upfront about it determine how you want your feedback sent to you if you want to message them on facebook twitter if you want to be able to email or skype them make sure this is included in your request as some people might not be OK with certain methods , also includes a list of questions for potential beta versions, such as what genre do you usually read.
Have you ever been tempted to read before? being a beta reader you are yourself a writer woman or woman you want to meet your betas because soon they will be very vulnerable with them the more you can converse freely with them the better now to something a lot of people ask where can i find beta readers on the internet please contact With every social media platform you're on and post a message saying you're looking for beta readers, direct them to a specific site or forum you're using. which you can fill out if you're interested in some ideas this might be a good read Facebook Twitter Instagram MySpace just kidding I mean who uses it the most right?
Nobody Goodreads and Facebook have specific groups focused on the search for data. Readers, so be sure to dig into those platforms. Question three is how do I choose my beta readers? Once you've submitted your beta reader request, you may receive a flood of requests or only get a few, even if you only get two. that doesn't mean you should use both, how do you narrow down the pool or decide if you want to use that beta or not? The questions you came up with above should help you with this as a general rule I think. the majority of your beta readers should be part of your target audience if you are writing a political thriller then make sure that the majority of your beta readers read primarily in that genre keep in mind that age does not necessarily mean target audience here a majority of young adult readers are actually in the 30-44 age range, the target audience is anyone who wants their gender, so make sure you don't put age restrictions on most of your beta readers, they should be in your audience target, but not all the ones you want.
A wide range of opinions on your novel, including those who might think differently, may have some criticism that your target audience would just miss it, right? Tecee but you have a touch of romance in your story enlist someone who normally reads romance but isn't afraid to read high fantasy, they can tell you if your budding romance is a bust or the bomb, perhaps with more specificity than with your other bases, their response rate could be another important factor in whether you decide to go with them or not, as well as their review history. to other writers review a list of potentials and narrow them down on how well you think they would fit your story and the type of feedback you want to have common question number four, what editing process should i use for my videos? this is something that you will probably have to develop on your own a bit.
Most people have a list of questions that they want their Vedas to answer and I recommend using this method. I also think it's good. It's good to only submit one chapter at a time or make sure they answer your specific questions at the end of each chapter before you actually move on. This ensures that each chapter receives equal attention and that the reader does not skip ahead three chapters later. and forget what they wanted to say before, some good questions to ask might be what is your overall opinion of this chapter, did you like it or hate it? what did you think of the characters?
Is there something you found confusing? parts where you don't think we're nice to the theory at all you have predictions for the future and then each chapter might have even more specific questions if you're at the climax of the novel ask the reader if it feels climactic if many readers feel no, so you have some editing ahead of you, it's the beta version, just read a chapter that has a hot scene, ask them if it felt easy, is there a heartbreaking scene then? ask if it evoked any movements in them I have been very successful discussing reader feedback after they receive it I have a list of questions that fit the answers after they finish reading I get those answers and then talk to them about their answers mainly this involves asking why, because many times you have to look for information.
I didn't like George in this chapter. Okay, find out why you might have to ask them a bit, like you don't like his hair or you don't like this. better the other one and then the reader might say okay I'm just not sure it's okay if they can't get to the bottom of it but it's really helpful if they can finally say okay I just didn't like the way he treated Maria don't be afraid to ask your reader baby more questions like making sure it's never confrontational it's hard to take criticism with ratings but asked for your help they are doing you a huge favor by being your beta 5 reader question when if the people ask 5 what if betas tr and to plagiarize my word this is probably the number one reason people are so hesitant to try beta readers for fear of negative feedback this part is pretty simple in the US Your work is copyrighted from the moment you write it.
There's some fancy verbiage that I'll link to below if it makes me feel any better. You can have a paragraph explaining the legal ramifications if someone tried. steal your work, they may be forced to pay you the profits you lost due to your plagiarism, in addition to covering legal fees, you may also keep copies of your beta correspondence as proof that they saw early works of your novel that most people don't fish for stories that require bait or eat them if they want to get to the juicy good parts they have to go through all their questions and exercises and all the chapters leading up to the good parts most people want to be readers beta because they are fans of their work or love reading news or helping other writers through readers they tend to be good people in that sense that means they won't be bad sometimes you absolutely can't find your I'm going through some of those bad things , but that's part of the process, I hope you have more good things than bad if you don't think keep looking for those good things, your story is yours at the moment in which you wrote it, but that is not so. means that you will forever own the rights to the vampire stories if you ever come across something blatantly copied from his work and you can go to the link below if you are in the US to find out what to do.
You're well protected, so I hope this was helpful for you guys just getting into the beta reading process. Usually, the more beta versions they have, the better. Usually I have at least 5 in my first round, which is using people who are a little bit closer to me and then I think in the second phase, the deeper phase of your beta reading process, you should have at least 15 to top 20 readers that way you can notice any trends you have among your beta readers and there's only one person who thinks your main character sucks and none of the others do and you can choose to ignore that versus comments make sure you subscribe to my channel if you haven't already I post new writing videos every Wednesday be sure to check out the opening chapters of my novel the Elysian Prophecy below if you ever have any questions or suggestions for my new videos just go ahead and leave a line below bye guys rocky is being so good i missed a very important topic.

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