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Beta Reader lessons

 

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.

Guidelines for Beta Readers with my book

Here are some of the requests that I have gotten.

 Why I want beta readers?

I am very passion about horror writing: especially vampires, ghosts, and urban legends. I really hope to get my vampire series mainstream published. This is just book one. I have the other seven books outlined.

I’m seeking beta readers because I want to know to if my characters are believable, likable and if the story is interesting enough. I really would like to know your thoughts.

 

How long do I have to reader and give feedback?

 The time line to read and give feedback is June 20th to September 1st (2013).
I have seen several writer’s give a reader just a month for feedback. However I understand that the summer catches up with us: vacations or work. It can be hard to find to read a book in everyone’s hectic schedule. I thought by giving ten weeks that it would more than enough time to read.
If you have received the book after June 20th, I would still greatly appreciate to get feedback by September. I will have posts and reminders in August.

 

I have gotten several requests to give questions/guidelines in what I want out of the beta readers.

 

What am I supposed to be looking for while reading?

First of all, I just want you to know I am just posting these questions and ideas for guidelines. Over all, I know to you if saw this book on a book shelf or heard about if from a friend if you would pick it up and read it. I also would like to know if this book would be something that you would tell your friends about it. 

 

Things to possibly look for. . .

Plot

Are the obstacles achievable?

Is it provoking?

Did it make you want to turn the page?

Is it constant?

Are there any pieces that just don’t make sense?
Does the story flow? Is the story interesting?

 

Characters

Are they realistic?

Are they likable?

What did you like about the characters?

What did you dislike?

Are there any inconsistencies with the characters?

How do you think I could improve on the characters?

 

Interest

What did you find interesting?

Was there something boring?

What would you add or change to add more excitement to the story?

 

Twists

Are there any good twists in my story?

Is my story flat?

 

Grammar (I understand is main issue with writing; However, I do not want to the only feedback to be about grammar issues. If you are interested in helping after September. I am seeking editors to help me with the find points of my grammar.)

Are there any spelling errors?

Any issues you feel I need to address?

 

Extra

Is there something that I repeat too much?

Is there something I need to emphasis?

Are there any format problems?

Is it hard to read?

How would you rate the book 1 worst book ever to 5 best book ever read? Why?

 

I appreciate and will consider all of your feedback when I reedit the book in September. Again I want to say thank you for time and thoughts.

 

More about Beta Readers

When I had posted requests for beta readers, I that gotten a lot of different reactions: some were unsure as they were never a beta reader before, and other thought it was unfair of me to ask others to promise feedback. However as I read more about beta readers,  I learned that they read and gave feedback. (I do not feel I am better, than any other writer, I just want to make book the best I can. I want everyone to enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing it.)

I am not asking for a professional review. I just want some people to read my story and to honestly tell me what they think. These are their own thoughts and they cannot be wrong or lose anything. At least if someone tells me what they think, they can at least know that their ideas will be highly considered in my third large edit.

 

I learned a lot from my first book: I advertised, gave my book out for free, and I barely got feedback. However if I noticed other writers using beta readers, and they were pretty happy with the response. I am hoping for the same.

 

Why I want beta readers?

 

I am very passion about horror writing: especially vampires, ghosts, and urban legends. I really hope to get my vampire series mainstream published. This is just book one. I have the other seven books outlined.

I’m seeking beta readers because I want to know to if my characters are believable, likable and if the story is interesting enough. I really would like to know your thoughts.

Melzela is Finished. . Seeking Beta Readers

 

 Do you like vampires? Do you want a new book to read over the summer? Do you want your opinion to considered?

 

I am still seeking more beta readers for my book called Melzela. It is book one of my vampire series Crimson Shadow Collection.

 

Quote: There are four point six billion people living in the world today in the year of two thousand eight after the death of Christ. There are possibly hundreds perhaps even thousands of vampires dotting the landscape of the human world. This is the story of about seventy five or so of them. These are the stories of my sire Melzela and, her prodigy

                                                                                              ~Deangelo~

 

Here is a book Blurb:

Her mother told her epic stories, Melzela never thought she would be one!  She never thought she would travel, or be a spy. All she knew was she would do anything to find true love.  She left her family seeking the love and passion she had heard in her mother’s stories.

She ran into friends who would change her life. She showed them how to be street smart, and they demonstrated a love that she had never known. In her quest for love, she was transformed:  she was made to stay in the shadows and travel by the moon. She had to take life to keep living. She wasn’t going to allow the obstacles to stray her from her journey.

This was only the beginning of Melzela’s story. This was her personal piece.

 

If you are interested please message on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RebekahWolveire or e-mail me RebekahWolveire@yahoo.com (use subject: Beta Reader)

Seeking Beta Readers forBook1 of Vampire Series

As of June 20th, (date will change based on my editing schedule), I plan to be seeking beta readers for the first book of my vampire series called The Crimson Shadow Collection. Book 1 is called Melzela.  I will only have it in pdf format (unless you want to pay for a paperback copy from createspace).

I am seeking between 25 to 100 beta readers for this book.  I am very serious about this book, and I will not accept beta readers unless they promise to send feedback. (Please give me more feedback then just my grammar needs improvement. I understand my grammar isn’t the best. Okay, I would be lucky if I got a C for grammar on my novels. However I am looking for things like . . .
 Are the characters believable?
 Can you relate to or like any of the characters?
 Are there any pieces that just don’t make sense?
Does the story flow? Is the story interesting?
 From 1 to 5, 5 being best, how would you rate my novel? I will plan out more questions for beta readers. You can answer them, or just use them as a guide.  ) I am really hoping to continue working on the other books, but I would like to eventually get this series mainstream published.  I really need some serious beta readers. Please message me on facebook http://www.facebook.com/RebekahWolveire or e-mail me RebekahWolveire@yahoo.com with the subject Beta Reader.