Beta Reader Tips
Updated: Jan 8
I’m about to launch into another series of beta reader requests for my new essays submissions due this summer. I thought a checklist of what I need from the beta reader and what that reader might need from me would be helpful - something for me to consult as I am sending out my requests. These tips come from three years of working with beta readers of all skill levels. They have come to be the most important to me. I hope this list helps you as well. If you think of a vital additions to either list, please include them in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What I most want from a beta reader:
Someone I relate to and can communicate with.
A reader and a writer with experience in my genre.
A person with some knowledge of the publishing game.
A person who would most likely read my topic in terms of age, gender, interests.
A person who does not know me and has not seen the piece before.
An honest appraiser but not a karate chopper.
One who will give clear comments throughout the manuscript.
Someone who is reliable and will meet promised deadlines and criteria.
What a beta reader should be able to expect from me:
A clean and revised manuscript – not a first draft.
An inquiry of what format they prefer. Word, Google, Scrivner
A file that identifies TitleAuthorNameBetaReaderName
A required due date.
A checklist of my specific concerns for the piece.
A request for an honest appraisal – with details-concise but kindly remarks.
A sincere thank you
An offer to reciprocate.