Wow… that was a mouth full. Try saying that 7 times fast… Beta Reader Ready… Beta Reader Ready… Beta Reader Readdddeerryyyy…. Okay, that’s enough!
But what do you do once you’ve passed those mile markers?
Get Your Book Beta Reader Ready, that’s what! (I am still having problems saying that only once).
I use different formats to help me see my story clearer. Sometimes I print the entire novel out. Other times I’ve uploaded it on my iPad. It really helps.
This time, though… I got it printed with the print on demand company, lulu. There are other companies you can probably look into as well.
Besides it being super helpful, it is also rewarding, because you get to see the result of your sitting down at the desk and slaving away to the keyboard.
2. Take Time to Read Through it & Make Notes
3. Characters, Setting & History
Make sure to type up a Characters, Setting, and History page. Write a sentence or two describing that person or place or the history. This will help your reader immensely.
4. The questionnaire
I once chatted with a writer who said she always sends out a question list with her book to her beta readers.
She said she didn’t want to just get, “Oh, I liked it, but there was this one spot that could be fixed, only thing is I don’t remember where it is.”
Beta readers are useful, because they read your story as a reader and tell you what works or what doesn’t. Get the questionnaire that I use, HERE for FREE!!
What format book will you send their way?
A real book?
I chose to keep the list for my beta readers smaller this time. But, you can choose whatever number youd like.
7. Show Your Appreciation
Are you going to write them a thank you card? Or send them a gift card for books or food?
Make sure you do this step. Showing your appreciation is important.
Do you have beta readers? If so what do you do to prepare your novel for beta readers?
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