Have you noticed a big boom in the amount of new books being written?
A lot of us in the blogosphere aren’t just bloggers – we’re readers, writers, and storytellers. So, we not only want to write a weekly collection of our thoughts. We want to write an novel! YAY!
But! With all these new novels, we’re being asked more and more often to be readers to these work-in-progresses, also known as being an alpha or beta reader.* And as a writing blogger, it happens a lot. I’m pre-reading 4 books right now!**
While the job’s simple enough (read, comment, support) a lot of people seem to get it wrong by not doing anything for some reason?? They don’t put in the effort to give helpful comments and suggestions to the author.
That needs to change.
Today, let’s talk about how you can be a valuable member in a team of readers, and give great advice that will benefit your author’s editing time.
*What’re alpha and beta readers?
- An alpha reader reads your book as you are writing it, during your first draft.
- A beta reader reads your book after you have finished the first draft and are editing or beginning your second draft.
** *laughs nervously at GIANT MANUSCRIPT DOCS*