So I've never really had to utilize beta readers (since my friends usually did it for me), but for my next project I intend to ask someone to beta read. I just want to know how it works. Do I send them chapters as they are completed, or do I finish the entire story first and then send the chapters? Thanks in advance!12/05/2012 #1
Whenever I've beta-read (or had a beta work with me), it's one chapter at a time. I wouldn't personally want to be swamped with the entire story at once. Some others may work differently, but especially since what a beta says can at least potentially influence the story in important ways, I would think going at it one chapter at a time as they're completed makes the most sense.
My two cents. :)12/06/2012 #2
I'm happy to be a beta reader, but I'd prefer you send me a few chapters at a time, I review them, and then keep on going if you're happy with the reviews12/11/2012 #3
So I'm curious about something. While I do have readers that help me with my story, and I do know a copy editor (who's not into reading novels and prefers working on games although I probably could bug him over holiday via face book), I'm wondering how to go about finding a beta reader that knows more about grammer then I do. It's always been my weaker spot. Also does anyone know of any online grammer checkers that could help me split about my story? I'm good at editing others but not so hot when it comes to my own at times.
EL Naples12/12/2012 #4
EL Naples, I've started a community devoted purely to grammar/words called For the Love of English, with a thread devote to proofreading requests (as opposed to reviews or beta readings). Feel free to post a request.
I'm looking for a special type of Beta as well, and this seemed like the best thread to post it. I'm working on a story called Horse Feathers. It's fantasy that focuses on an eleven year old boy who wants adventure and a pegasus, and what he goes through to get them. The plot is pretty set, but I've never been an eleven year old boy, so I'd love to have an 11 to 15 year old male read this and say if he thinks the character rings true. I've just finished chapter 4. It's set in the same world as my story The Girl With No Name, but told in a more straight forward fantasy adventure sort of way rather than fairytale style.
I'm not overly worried about grammar and other aspects, though I'm happy to listen to suggestions and have mistakes pointed out. I have a male friend who's my regular beta, but he's even older than I am. So while he has been an eleven year old boy, it was a couple decades ago. Mainly I just wanted to see if Phillip comes off as realistic from the perspective of someone about the same age.1/25 #5
hey! Me! I'd like some proof reading or beta or just reading or... heck, I just want people to read my thingies.
Here's Cacuu presenting his work, which he's quite proud of, except no one actually takes a look, for his deep sadness. Aihika. I know it sounds weird, but it's sanskrit for world. pretty fancy language, by the way.
Oh, and I tend to ramble a lot, so please don't mind me. and take a look. looks are good, I like people looking at my stuff. except my diary... and my drawers... and...5/03 #6
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