A beta reader is someone who reads an unpublished manuscript at an early development stage and gives feedback to the writer. It can be anyone the writer invites: a friend, colleague, teacher or mentor, but usually not close friends or family because it’s harder for them to be objective. Beta readers provide a second perspective (or third, or fourth) of their work, which can often spot fixable flaws or shortfalls in the manuscript that the writers didn’t see, because we are too close to it.
How does the process work? Whatever is easiest for you. Tell me what you’d like:
1. You can read the chapters on the web and give your feedback on the Beta Readers Comments page. This is easiest for most people. or
2. You can download chapters as PDFs to read later.
3. PDFs can also be exported as Word.docs and marked-up with the “Review”
4. The manuscript can be sent to you by Email attachment, then you can read at your leisure and return your notes and comments. Or
5. the old-fashioned way that many editors like, Chapters can be sent as hard-copy print-outs by snail-mail, to be read, ”marked-up” and sent back with the comments scribbled right on the actual pages. Organic! On the web, the works and the comments are both password-protected; they can’t be seen by search engines or anyone else except you and me.
I need one or two readers who are fellow-writers, but don’t know me personally, and also a few non-writers, simply people with life-experiences who like to read. Those with backgrounds in Medical Emergency, Fire Service, or teaching, would be especially helpful.
The book is Victory Is My Name, A Memoir. If you are interested in reading and being a contributor to my creative nonfiction book, please go to this page, request a password, and tell me a little about yourself. http://w2w.victoriachames.com/workslogin.html