We’re talking about beta readers again! Last week’s video was all about how to find and choose beta readers, so this week is part 2 and I’m talking about how to work with your beta readers to improve your novel. This means taking their criticism, deciding what’s right and what’s not and ultimately getting your novel to the next level. Watch the video!
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It’s time to talk about beta readers! I recently worked with beta readers to help edit my newest novel, She’s Not Here. With that said, it’s time talk about how to find beta readers and choose which ones will fit best for your novel so you can get the most out of the experience. Watch the video for more.
I’ve found that I’m pretty good at editing someone else’s stories, but not my own. Of course the solution is to pretend I wasn’t the one who write the story, but that’s easier said than done. The first trick to achieving this is to just let my manuscript sit for a little bit so I actually do forget what I wrote, this way when I do go to edit, it’s with open eyes. When I go to edit I want to look for inconsistencies in the story and simple mistakes.
Now this is where things get a little hard. You have to go through your manuscript line by line editing, and almost make it a game to find as many mistakes as possible. If you don’t find many, go through it again. This is going to be a lot of work, but I promise you it will make you a better writer. The more scribbles you have on your page, the better. This way when you hand your manuscript to your editor or beta reader they won’t have as much to edit And can give you better quality feedback. After all, if you give them a sloppy manuscript, they want to edit for you again.
Because sometimes we all have to learn how to receive criticism gracefully. There are many ways you can react when you get feedback on your novel. You can have poise and grace and act profession or you can fight whoever is giving the feedback nail and tooth.
You NEED a critique partner in order to write a book, whether it be a beta reader or your editor. Even if you don’t agree with what they may say you need to take their opinion into account and adjust the book accordingly.