Friday, October 23, 2015

5 Beta Reader Book Club Lessons!

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be·ta test
noun
  1. 1
    a trial of machinery, software, or other products, in the final stages of its development, carried out by a party unconnected with its development.
verb
  1. 1
    subject (a product) to a beta test.


Most of my manuscripts are back from my beta readers! I've spent the last week going through the feedback.

What an incredible experience to get SO much input before the book is even published. I had almost thirty beta readers altogether!

In the traditional publishing world, you only have a handful of people involved in feedback. Your agent, your editor and the editorial assistant, with a smattering of input possibly coming from the publisher or the marketing department.

I was always so eager to please my editors, I didn't bother writing for anyone else. So it's great to hear what actual readers have to say.

By the way, my betas weren't your average readers either. They were enthusiastic book lovers. That's because I had the opportunity to use members of the Toronto Book and Brunch Club in my beta group.

The experience was so unique, Gordon A. Wilson asked me to do a guest post for his popular writing blog, Firetok.com.  It's all about the 5 biggest surprises I had during the process.

By the way, my betas weren't just readers. They were great editors too! Check it out!

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