Beta Reader ProfilesTo be paired by staff, please follow the links on our profile to fill out this survey via Google Forms.More Like This
If you wish to pair yourself, please fill out this profile and post it as a deviation to our Profiles folder. Once you've made your own pair, please let us know through a group note.
1. Are you new to beta reading?
Let us know if you're a first timer, or a super beta guru.
2. Your age (optional):
Minor + MA Rating = - Please help us avoid those awkward moments.
3. How many authors would you like to beta read?
Please be reasonable with your number. Providing a quality beta requires time and effort.
4. Genre(s) – Please be specific:
What do you write, and what are you willing to beta read?
5. What won't you beta?
Violence, sex, homosexual relationships, religion, politics, etc, are hot button topics. Please tell us what you want to avoid. Example: :devth
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What is a Beta Reader?
Apart from being a writer's best friend, beta readers provide a cross between edits and a critique. A beta reader does not edit a manuscript, but will note the errors for the author to fix. Advice and critiques are other services a beta may perform.
Establishing a Relationship
You've just partnered with an author; what do you do first? Establish with your author what each of you expects from the relationship. A solid understanding of expectations starts the partnership on a productive path and avoids misunderstandings.Time Expectations
Is the author expecting a 24 hour turn around, while you're thinking a week? If not discussed prior to an exchange, turn around time can cause tension. Be honest with your availability and then add some padding, in case of emergency. Do not agree to time constraints you cannot meet.
Length of Partnership
Is the manuscript a novel or a short story? Ask what the author is seeking a beta