There are many things I do wrong as a writer. This year, my goal was to work on it. It’s been slow going, but the changes are coming, slowly but surely.
One of the areas where I am a dismal failure is my use of beta readers. Most of the authors I know have between 10 and 20 (some more). I have 4. I need to change that.
The purpose of a beta reader is to double check the editor’s work (finding spelling and grammar errors that may have been missed), offer critiques to the author when something fails to flow well or doesn’t add anything to the story, and generally improve the quality of the novel or novella. If they are extra nice, they will put up a review of the book – an honest review, no sugar coating just because they’re a beta reader.
In return, the reader gets the book early, before it’s released to the public, for free. The feedback is more valuable than the $2 or so the writer would have made from the sale. Also, because the beta reader is doing me a huge favor, I tend to send them swag items – bookmarks, magnets, and the occasional coffee mug.
So, I’m taking applications. The main requirement is that you have read the Dreams & Reality books, have an overall interest in the series, and don’t mind reading. If you’re interested, message me on Facebook, Twitter, or, if you ask nicely, I’ll send you my email.