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#1 ddcash80


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 11:13 AM

I prefer not to go the critique partner route since I don't think I could respond in a timely fashion.


If I want a beta reader asap, is it best to just pay for one? what is the typical(fair) rate?


Also, how could I go about finding a free beta reader?

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 08:20 PM

I don't think there is "a good way" since that all depends on the people.  Here, like in so many places, people offer to help, but having them carry through is very hit and miss.  I found one person from AQ:C who actually did read my story and gave feedback.  Several got parts of my book but I only got snarky comments from one, the rest never even gave a peep.


There is a group (Wanted Ads -- same section as On Writing) devoted to finding and offering beta readings.  If you haven't tried there, that is probably your best bet.  Remember that you need to offer in order to receive so be prepared to do a beta reading for each one you get.  I don't know of any "professional" beta readers and I would be leery of them anyway.


Good luck!

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 11:55 AM

Honestly what you want and what you NEED may not be the same thing. IMO you MUST have a critique partner--someone also in the industry who writes as well or better than you do and who can suggest editorial changes without trying to turn your work into theirs. 

I blogged about this and even though the blog is 2 years old I stand by that advice today for sure:

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:37 PM

Also, practice reading critically---even if you are slow to return at first--is a valuable skill to have in the industry.  Look for a CP and be honest about your timeline.  If that really doesn't appeal, contact the English dept at your local university, write up an offer to pay $$ for a close critical read, and ask them ti forward it to grad students, TAs and adjuncts.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:19 AM

In my opinion, the best way is to belong to writer discussion forum and ask there. Some of the writer discussion forums even have a specific sub-forum devoted to that with people volunteering to do it and people looking to find someone. I did a lot of it, but I've grown weary of it. It's an enormous amount of work if you're any good at it, and the work is not always well appreciated.

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 04:46 PM

The best way to find a beta reader is to be a beta reader. They are hard to come by!

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