Friday, January 29, 2010

Beta Reader Exchange

You've revised and edited your wonderful manuscript until you're quite certain that everything is perfect. But before sending your stellar query letters to the agents on your list, you might benefit from having a beta reader look it over and offer suggestions. Just because you know exactly what you're trying to say doesn't necessarily equate to the reader understanding your meaning. A beta reader can be a great asset in this area.

With that in mind, I thought it might be beneficial if we had some type of digital connection between those needing a beta reader and those willing to become one.
So here's the plan.

If you're looking for a beta reader, or if you're a willing beta reader, simply leave a comment below this post. Include a brief description of what you're needing. For example: I need a beta reader for a 50K-word middle-grade urban fantasy. If you'd like to offer your service as a beta reader, just post what you're willing to read. Like so: Willing to beta young adult paranormal or sci fi. It's entirely possible the perfect match can be made and you can exchange manuscripts and read for each other. When you comment, if you use the Name/URL option, it will link to your blog or website and allow interested parties to get your contact info.

So what are you waiting for? Start commenting already!


  1. Seeking: Beta reader for 80,000 adult fantasy novel

    Willing to read: Anything other than YA/MG/picture books/erotica/non-fic

    You can find my website if you click my name. My email is on there.

  2. I'm not looking for a beta reader, but I will be when I complete my next novel. I've had Michael (our wonderful host) as a beta reader in the past. We shared novels, and I think both of us benefited from the exchange.
    In a nutshell - a beta reader is a great way to ready your book for submission to an agent or publisher.

    So, come on people! Agree to share your writing in email. NO, your beta won't steal your idea. They're too busy worrying about their own novel.

    Irene Schaft

  3. In about a month, I'd love a beta reader for a sci-fi novel (roughly 75,000 words), but until then, I can beta paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy... :) You name it, I can read it for ya. :)


  4. not quite ready for this yet, just agreed to take on a pretty big beta project.

    But maybe I will soon be far enough along in my current WIP to sign up for an exchange.

    Thanks, Michael. I love this place!

  5. I would love to have a beta reader for my YA adventure story but wouldn't be ready to read someone else's work until the summer. I'll only read YA/MG and prefer something humorous, high-concept--or better yet--both, since I see my work as funny and scary.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Looking for a beta reader for my Women's Fiction/Romance Novel. Also I'm available as a beta reader for anything except sci-fi, ie., aliens, body snatchers storylines.

  7. haha, awwww...why does everyone hate sci-fi? Has Star Trek and Star Wars ruined the playing field? :] (for the record, i love both. they're definately hard to live up to...)

    Stevie Grace


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