Acquiring Unbiased Beta Readers

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Acquiring Unbiased Beta Readers

Last year, I wrote a series of short stories. I wanted to self-publish them in order to build my newsletter mailing list, but I needed to find unbiased Beta readers who could give me “real” feedback.

I didn’t want to ask my friends and family, for fear they would give me the standard pat on the back or false approval.

 

I wanted raw feedback.

To make my story as strong as it could be, I wanted someone who didn’t know me from Adam, to forsake my feelings and tell me the truth. But that type of person can be hard to find.

Even the best critique partner can have too much familiarity with your content and/or story to give you the most beneficial critique. But a Beta reader “stranger” doesn’t have to worry about being sensitive. He or she can cut right to the chase and be as honest and forthcoming as possible.

And that’s just what I wanted.

So where do you find that kind of person… we’ll I have just the place—The goodreads Beta Reader Group.

For this to work, you must have a goodreads account, and you need to ask to join the forum. On this closed forum, you can create a post about your book and ask complete strangers who like your story idea, genre, etc. to read your book, chapter, or story and give you detailed feedback.

I’ve acquired Beta “strangers” on the forum multiple times and their feedback has always been PRICELESS. I love my friends and family members who read my books and share their insights, but my Beta “strangers” have proven to be a step above.

I caution you, their feedback can be brutal at times. Many won’t pull their punches either, so make sure you have thick skin before you work with certain Beta “strangers”.

But if you need new input, a different perspective, or just a whole new pool of potential Beta readers, the goodreads Beta Reader Group is for you.

As an added bonus, most of my Beta “strangers” went online and review my stories once they went live on Amazon—and they did all of this for FREE. You just can’t beat that kind of situation.

Give it a try, today!

Have you ever used Beta “strangers” for your book?  If so, how did it turn out for you?

Cyle Young
Cyle Young
Cyle a binge writer, pastor, and cinnamon roll savant. He spends his day devising how to make the world a better place through the Gospel of Jesus and creating fantastic adventure for his fantasy characters in The Last Waveson novels. He is co-creator of All Out Sports and an avid indoorsman. :) He likes air conditioning more than fleas, ticks, or wasps.

12 Comments

  1. Great information. Thank you, Cyle.

  2. Starr Ayers says:

    Great advice. Thanks.

  3. Tara says:

    I was just wishing for this kind of reader the other day! Thanks Cyle!

  4. Thanks for sharing this! Love the BOGO–honest feedback and an Amazon review.

  5. Marlene says:

    Just what I’ve been looking for!

  6. Josh Mandich says:

    I checked GoodReads out per your advice. Today I received feedback from my first Beta Reader today. She read a short story I am working on and had great feedback. Honest criticism as well as encouragement. Thanks for the great advice, Cyle!

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