UnF*cking a Rough Draft: Beta Readers

Bard & Books

Beta readers (also known as alpha readers depending on the stage in the writing process) are one of the best ways that an a writer can improve their work. I’m assuming most know what a beta reader is, but just in case, a beta reader is anyone who is willing to read your work, give feedback, but is not an editor. That last part is really important. Using a beta reader does not replace an editor, if anything it is in addition to an editor. Beta readers are also different from alpha readers, though they could be the same person. The primary difference is that an alpha reader gives feedback on individual sections, and not the entire story, and a beta reader primarily gives feedback on an entire story, though they could also point out particular sections that need work. I can’t speak for everyone, but generally I am looking…

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