Using Beta Readers to Improve Your Novel

How can you find beta readers?

What do beta readers do?

  • Repeated words or phrases
  • Unlikable characters (unless they’re supposed to be unlikable!)
  • Confusing dialog (whose saying what)
  • Continuity or inconsistency issues
  • Unbelievable situations
  • Dragging plot
  • Loose plot ends
  • Missing scenes (scenes they really wanted but you didn’t leave in)

What do you pay them?

Do beta readers replace editors?



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