How to Choose Your Beta Readers

I’ve already talked about this a little. Beta readers are an important part of the writing process, especially for non-traditional publishing, or writers without agents. They help you turn a good idea into a good story, just like editors help you turn a good story into a good book.

The Infographic

It’s quick, it’s dirty, it’s a little ugly, but it’s done!

infogrpahic choosing beta readers

Wrapping Up

Obviously, there’s more to it than just this, but there’s only so much a picture can tell you. Plus, you know, I went to the trouble of writing it all out already, and I don’t want to do that again. I hope you enjoy it, and, as alway, I welcome your feedback.

How do you select your beta readers?

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2 Thoughts on “Infographic: How to Choose Your Beta Readers”

  • Personally I have a stable of betas. One or two of them are my alpha readers (other writers who helped me shape the story as it was being written), but then there are anywhere from 10-12 reliable people I’ve painstakingly selected over the years to beta for me.

    I don’t use the entire stable on every project for a number of reason obviously. But the broad base allows me to ensure I have 4-5 betas per novel without killing everyone’s schedule.

    Another thing beta readers can also help you find is consistency errors. It isn’t their main focus, naturally, but they will often catch things that don’t quite add up logistically.

    Thanks for posting another informative piece. I’ll share it.

  • Hey BC!

    That’s good advice: Collect beta readers and keep them in stables for easy access!

    Or did I misunderstand that?

    A good reader pool is a huge advantage, you’re absolutely right, and thanks for the feedback–and spreading the news.


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