Having a beta reader was infinitely helpful for me. I had several. They found a few typos I’d missed. One told me he’d made notes about the story, and then was surprised because all his questions were answered by the end of the book, and he liked that flow. All liked the book’s flow, and their encouragement boosted my self-confidence. As the article suggests, I still pursued their notes and feedback for improvement. Those were intriguing insights into how a reader that isn’t the writer interpreted scenes and situations.
by Samantha Fenton
Definition of a beta reader: A beta reader is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting.
Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context. Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterisation or believability.
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