LET’S FACE IT. Getting people to read something when it isn’t done voluntarily is very difficult. I know, I’ve both been on both ends of the stick. Unless you are an editor, getting paid to read things you don’t necessarily want to, when that request from a friend comes, for you to read their book and critique it…all of a sudden any initial enthusiasm disappears (usually!).
For those of you who have published, whether self-published or traditional, how did you make sure your book was read before going to print/e-book?
I have a couple of people I am lucky enough to know who will read my manuscipt once I’m happy with it, but ideally I’d have 5-10 readers. Every critique that is helpful can improve the reading which should correlate to increased sales. Beta readers are really crucial, the equivalent of screen testing prior to a films release. Without them it is so easy to miss glaring errors from grammar to timeline mistakes and the overall flow and structure. I don’t know if there’s a term for it, but call it writers fuzz: when you reach a point in the editing process where your brain is incapable of making sense of it anymore, let alone able to make improvements.
So where do you source your beta readers? Are there good alternatives online if friends are occupied/ taking too long to read the manuscript?