I had around 50 beta readers. Some would say that it was too many readers, but by September 1st, I had only gotten about 10 messages back with feedback. I had also gotten a few extra messages from those who knew the 1st was coming, but that they hadn’t finished and needed more time. I was fine with that. I wasn’t online on the first as I had monthly errands to do, so I had given my readers an extra week.
I knew when I decided to have readers that at least 1/4th would lose interest, 1/4th would have something happen in their lives, and at least 1/4th would need extra time. I believe that at least 10% would just forget.
I was pretty surprised that 40% answered back on the 1st or before.
I have gotten some pretty good, useable feedback. There have been many suggestions that I am already trying to add and/or change to my novel now.
I am very grateful that so many read the novel and gave their feedback.
Things I have learned from beta readers. . .
You need to have flexibility. You never know when life is going to give you and /or your beta readers challenges / obstacles. This can push them away from the novel. If you have a deadline then you simply need to cut those who have not given you feedback.
(Parentheses) are frown upon. I had some parentheses on a few of my lines. I had questions while editing the second times, and I forgot to go back. They distract the readers. I know I use them on my blogs. . . do they distract anyone reading my blogs? Please let me know.
Do not get offended by the feedback. Every one has their own opinion or angle. I read all feedback. I may not agree with it, but sometimes I someone needs to tell me when something doesn’t make sense in my work.
It’s not over—not by a long shot. I still need to edit. It never stops. Writing is art, and I believe that true art is never done.