The Importance of Beta Readers

With Butchered Dreams, I am seeing exactly how important beta readers are.  Big publishing houses use multiple editors for a single book and I fully understand exactly why… now.

My editor had over 5,000 suggested changes.  Most of these were implemented before it was sent to the beta readers.

I am using ten betas on this particular book, the most I’ve had so far.  Several have gotten back to me with suggestions.  One caught the glaring spelling error on the first page.  Even the editor, reading it twice, missed it.  Another caught that I had used the wrong word in one spot.  While yet another picked up that I used the wrong first name for a character, three times.

So thank you beta readers for helping make the book better.  My Magic 8 Ball is not as pleased, it got tired of being shaken.  😉

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  1. Lol…yes….and sometimes even after going through something …you find things on a 2nd and 3rd go around that you missed the first time…sigh…
    I read reviews I write at least 3 times before I hit publish and use MS Word spell and grammar check…read it out loud to see if it sounds good…and the next day I always find something I need to change….sigh



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