17 Responses

  1. Jules Lovestoread
    Jules Lovestoread at |

    Great post!! Such good information for anyone who is curious about what exactly beta readers do. And, really interesting to have the detailed viewpoint of a specific author…i.e., what YOU want from your betas. Very cool.

  2. karihiga
    karihiga at |

    What a wonderful, informative post, Cody! I’ve done a couple of beta reading for an author and I love it. I pretty good about 4, 6, 8, and 9. Im a horrible proofreader so I leave that to the experts. Thanks!

  3. Denise Dechene
    Denise Dechene at |

    Great post. I’m going to print it out and keep it as a reference. I have had the privilege to Beta read on 2 books. Since I’m new at it this post is very helpful. Hugs

  4. Barbra
    Barbra at |

    I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a beta reader, but, in reality, I know I’d be horrible because I can’t always articulate why something works or doesn’t work. I wouldn’t be any help at all. 🙂

  5. Anna Lund
    Anna Lund at |

    Excellent post, Cody. My compliments. So few authors actually specify exactly what it is that is expected. This is simply brilliant. 😀

  6. Jami Gold
    Jami Gold at |

    Thanks for the shout out to my blog! I loved the list of expectations here too.

    Some writers prefer to use non-writer beta readers, and depending on the reader, they might not be able to provide all that information. The ability to answer questions like that is why I prefer writer-beta-readers, but as you said, I still don’t expect them to EDIT. Feedback, not editing. 🙂

  7. mariekesnip
    mariekesnip at |

    I already knew most of it, but it’s a great list to verify that I’m doing the right thing right now, as I am beta reading for Kimi. Don’t want to mess that up.
    X Marieke

  8. Jessica Kurvers
    Jessica Kurvers at |

    I love this post… As a beta reader for several authors I found this super helpful and with return to it before my next beta read… THANK YOU!!!

    Plus… this post introduced me to your books and I’m so in love with Omorphi ( and Safe ) I can’t even STAND IT!

  9. John-Michael Lander
    John-Michael Lander at |

    Cody, Thank you for enlightening me about the Beta. I am so interested. How do I sign up to become a Beta?
    Luke Lander


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