Discussion: The Beta Reader Process19:00
“This is not Monday,” I hear you say. Very true. But most people in my house have been sick, and everything’s all topsy turvey over here at the moment as we nurse the sick ones, so Monday became Tuesday and you’re getting a post today instead of yesterday. Many apologies. But it does mean that it’s time to talk about a subject that I’m always interested in. Namely, the beta reader process. Now, never having reached a stage where I’ve been able to give my book to beta readers (hopefully changing that this year though!) I don’t have a process yet, so I’m doubly interested in seeing how other people go about this.
So tell me, how do you go about the beta reader process? Do you like to send your book out chapter by chapter or all at once? How many beta readers do you like to have at once? Do you send out a general call for readers, or do you select them carefully? At what point do you actually decide it’s ready for betas? Any advice for people who haven’t yet had betas for their book?