A beta reader is a person who reads a written work, generally fiction, with what has been described as “a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterisation, and general style of a story prior to its release to the general public.” [Wikipedia]
What makes a good beta reader?
- A beta reader has a responsibility to the author to provide a thorough, honest and professional review of the manuscript, and interact with the author in a tactful, productive manner. Friends and family are often not the best choice… save them for last.
- A beta reader needs to have an understanding of the elements of good storytelling and genre conventions. They should be well-read, and ideally should have experience at writing themselves.
- comprehensive proofreading, structural or content edits
- follow up consultation unless agreed
- correction of errors