Being a Beta

What’s a Beta?

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Definition Per Wikipedia:
An alpha reader or beta reader (also spelled alphareader / betareader, or shortened to alpha / beta), also pre-reader or critiquer, 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.[1] Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.

My definition:

Beta Reader: A person willing to read your book and give honest critique. They may be a friend, family member or stranger. They are essential to the writing process and invaluable to the author. They tell you what you are missing and what you are excelling at. They are readers. They are book lovers.

Here is a great interview with famous authors on using Beta Readers from WOW! (Women on Writing)
http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/55-FE4-BetaReader.html

I learned the term “Beta Reader” AFTER my first novel released. Yes, after. I first heard it in a review. Someone had said there were errors in my novel that a “Beta Reader” would have caught. I stopped and thought about that. Who is better to critique your work than an avid reader?

I did have a team of critique partners read and supply amazing input on my novel. I also had two amazing editors from my publisher (Muse It Up Publishing) review my work a total of four times. I thought the book was in excellent shape at the time. Looking back I wish I would have had Beta Readers.

As I write my second book in The Sparkler Series, THE FLAME, and start a new series with KROSSROADS, I know I will use Beta Readers.

I am putting a call out to all readers. I need Beta’s for KROSSROADS. This novel is an Erotic Paranormal Romance. If you read that genre – great! If you don’t and still want to be a beta – great! This novel is hot and steamy with creepy and scary demonic possessions. If you love Romance/Horror/Paranormal you will love this book. (No vampires/shifters/wolves.)

I plan on having KROSSROADS ready for my Beta’s by the middle of April and would like feedback by the first of May so I can publish by the end of May 2014.

Requests for my Beta’s:
1. Read the novel :)
2. Provide honest feedback. I will send a series of questions to my Beta’s like “What character was your favorite and why?” Or “What was your least favorite part of the book.” “Where did you pause when reading?” (It’s ok to be blunt – I can take it. I want this book to be the best it can be.)
3. Write a review on Amazon/Goodreads/Blogs once the novel is released.

What do my Beta’s get?
You get to read it first!
An invitation to the release party of KrossRodas (St. Louis Missouri). *There will be chocolate*
A signed paperback novel and your name in the acknowledgments.

 

So, there is only one question left to ask.

Will you be my Beta?

Keep Calm

Please leave a comment and your email if you are willing to be my Beta.

Just another day in the life of a Busy Lady!

16 Comments

  • Good post. Beta readers were very important in helping with my book so far and I plan to have a few more beta readers look at my book one more time before it gets released.

    • I love Beta’s they are the best!

  • I do believe I would love to keep calm and be a beta.

  • I’d love be a beta reader for your book. Paranormal romance i enjoy, and I’m a grown up, so i can handle a little erotica, too.

    • That is great Jennifer! I love readers, they are the best reviewers! Also – glad you are an adult :) I should of said in the post *must be 18+*. I don’t want any one to get offended or any mom’s searching me out…lol

      Here is my personal e-mail: BrandiSchmidtAuthor@gmail.com

      Thanks!
      Brandi

  • I would love to be a beta for you! One of my favorite genres is paranormal romance.

  • I’m interested in being your beta. Sounds like the perfect “job” for me! :)

  • I e-mail all of you! I am so excited to hear what you have to say. Thank you so much – it means the world to me!

  • Hey I hope I’m not too late to be a beta reader! Always looking for new upcoming authors to read, dabble in writing myself. This idea sounds amazing and I would love to be a part of making this a bestseller!!

    • Thanks so much! I will send you an email!

      Brandi

    • Thanks so much! I really appreciate it! I will send you an email.

      Brandi

  • If you’re still looking, I’d love to be a beta for you!

    • Yes Jennifer. I have about 10 now, but love the insight I am getting. I will email you.

      Brandi

So, what do you think?