Not every writer has available Beta Readers surrounding him.
And lets face it:
Those willing test readers befriended or related
may not always be able to give unbiased feedback ;)
Now you might get lucky to find test-readers on various webpages,
but what they will give you may depend on their
experience, time and willingness.
You could end up with a puzzling one liner as in
"I liked it" or "it sucked" - without further insight.
So if you want more, a Beta reader charging for their
invaluable service and time may be the best for you!
A paid Beta will certainly put more effort in supplying you with
the feedback you need and specified to better your scribblings.
So if your intrigued and searching, I have a recommendation:
Megan Starkweather from StarkyReviews!
Megan is deeply in love with books and the mission to help writers
get the best out of their manuscripts.
She is extremely helpful but no nonsense:
So if you only want to be praised, this may not be for you ;)
But if you want to polish your work until it sparkles,
then you find a critical accomplice and professional reader in Megan!
Here's what Megan says on her Welcome-Page:
"Thank you for joining me. My name is Megan Starkweather and I am here to help authors with their books. If you are looking for a Beta Reader, you've come to the right place. My average reading time is 3-4 days, however please allow me some extra time to review your manuscript thoroughly. I will let you know as soon as I start, give you a full review with my thoughts and opinions as soon as I am done or chapter by chapter if you ask. I also work with Word online, where we can work together on your document if you wish. I've found this is a great way to ask real time questions and get answers quickly. Keep in mind I am only one person and can only read one book at a time so there may be a wait list.
I read almost anything, including works that are not finished. If I decline to read your book, it may not be your writing, but my qualifications to assist you on your journey. A full refund will be provided if I decline to read your book after I have started..."
And here you can read what she looks for: Starky Reviews Remember a Beta-Reader is not an editor - she'll point out what works (or doesn't) concerning plot, story arch, characters etc. but don't expect a Beta to do your job of cleaning up spelling and grammar ;)
This little book is a treasure chest and worth every cent!
What have I
hunted through web and space, created docs from saved information, printed out,
stapled together and stacked it on my chest – and here it all is condensed and
ready to wipe up! Now don’t get me wrong. There is fun in the searching and
sometimes it is an outright wonderful and legit excuse for procrastination, but
when it comes to having it all at your fingertip for future reference Rayne
Hall’s little book nails it.
Lets start to begin and turn to look at the chapters which could be full
of advice J (Good Ms. Hall is alive and well or she would haunt me after this)
What made me smile and my character cringe were her advice on smiling and
sighing – we are severely guilty on these charges.
As always the advice given is not a rule that has to be followed by all
means – in many instances we are offered examples of “slimming in different
levels”. It is up to a writer to decide how much fat is needed to convey the
essence of the situation or emotion. What works well in one – or for one – may extinguish
a voice in another. After all dieting is only healthy if you don’t disappear
This self-editing booklet is a valuable companion for the new writer as
well as the experienced one in my opinion. We may have heard it before, but this
is a simple and effective handy reminder if you have exceeded your word-count –