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Monday, May 18, 2015

To Beta Readers


Dear Beta Readers,

I want to say a huge “Thank you!!”

You perform such a valuable, helpful, enlightening service to writers. You read books that are still in the rough. You open your heart to the story, fall in loveor hateheroes and heroines with their flaws, and offer advice. You discover errors both writers and editors have overlooked. You point out strengths and weaknesses. And some—thank you so much—offer praise to encourage the writer.

What would I do without you?


I know some authors do not use beta readers. The manuscript goes to the editor, and that’s it. I’ve asked a couple of writers why they don’t use beta readers, and they told me they didn’t want their voice changed. Maybe it’s because I’m a newer writer, but I value the beta reader’s part in my storytelling a lot. I need early feedback telling me the story works. That it makes sense. And if it doesn't, I want to hear suggestions on how to make it ring true. I’ve used beta readers for all three of my books, and I truly appreciate their time and commitment to the heart of my stories.

Beta readers make books better! You are an integral part of my writer's journey. Yes, my voice might get changed a little. As it does with the editor’s chopping block. But each suggestion, whether I use the alteration in its fullness or not, gets considered and makes me think differently about the section as I go through it with my own magnifying glass.


An author’s sweat and tears and heart are poured into her story. It’s hard to take harsh criticism. But it’s so much better to get it from early readers and an editor than later with the public eye and tough reviews.

Thank you, beta readers, for telling authors the truth. For being brave enough to share the good and the bad about our stories, and helping our work become so much better.

You are the stars in a book’s success.


Thank you!!

4 comments:

  1. So true! I love my beta readers!

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  2. Hi Terri!
    Thanks for reading my post. I appreciate my beta readers so much. They do a lot of work! I've had the privilege of being a beta reader for a couple of writers, and it's cool to see the other side too.
    Blessings...

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  3. I love being Terri's beta reader! It has sharpened my own skills. And I am so happy to be a tiny part of her journey. When the time comes, I will use beta readers!

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    1. Lily ~ Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. Terri is blessed to have you as a beta reader! Thank you for helping her in her journey.
      Blessings...
      Mary

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