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Even if you get critiques that tell you ‘no, this isn’t working,’ don’t let that stop you. It just means you’re not there yet.
This week’s show is all about advance readers, or beta readers. How they can help with your writing as well as some specific advice on what roles they can fill on your team. We also get into the importance of asking the correct questions when dealing with your beta (or advance) readers.
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Peter Dudley says
Your Beta Reader podcast was timely. The last three months I’ve going to one writer’s group, but next Monday will be my last time. Last night, I read them chapter 6 in my novel. Only one of the members had heard all previous chapters, most hadn’t even heard chapter 5. The most ridiculous thing said, was that each chapter should be a complete story in itself. I got notes back on my manuscript, that someone didn’t know who some character were.
I will read them the most important chapter at the next meeting, tell them they’re great people, which they are, and then wish them all well. Any group that the members don’t show up, is worthless. I’ll continue to read at my college writing class, because the members paid for it and show up.
(You can use my name.)