The importance of beta reading

Great advice from an incredible writer.


Six months ago I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what a beta reader is, or what their purpose is but along my journey to becoming a published author, I have discovered what beta readers are and why they, to me, play such an important role, especially in the revising and editing stages of publishing your book.

A beta reader by definition is someone who isn’t a professional reader, but reads often, providing feedback on such things as grammar, spelling, sentence structure and the overall “flow” or “cohesion” of a novel. They are able to provide feedback on character development, plot continuity and whether or not certain areas of the novel need more or less description and if the dialogue is natural. This is helpful both before and after sending in your manuscript to your editor, or even before you begin the querying process.

Seems like a lot, doesn’t…

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