Okay, so you’ve written a book and you need someone to just read it. You don’t really need a person to edit, you just want eyes to glance over your lines and tell you what they thought overall. But, the problem is… you don’t know where to find them. Here are 5 places to help you find beta readers!
There are so many writers, readers, bloggers, and people who just want to be involved on Twitter. If you make an account and use #AmWriting or #AmEditing to search for that niche you might be surprised to see who is willing to beta read your work.
If you’re hanging around a college campus or in a city that is very busy you can find people that want to read your work just because at a local meeting. Most of the time, like attracts like. If you go where there are like minded people then you’re more likely to get your work read.
If you want to see what those who are close to you are thinking it’s a good idea to ask a family member. Even though we’re writers and we rely on those with similar skillsets to critique us it can be nice to see what those who are close to us believe. Don’t put it past them, they want to be involved with anything you’re doing. Don’t be afraid to ask for their help.
Places like Reddit, Facebook, or different online groups will have users from all over the world. This is different from Twitter in that you are going to have to do a bit more digging to find someone. It is still recommended though, on Reddit there’s millions and millions of users who love all different subjects. You might find yourself in a subreddit about cars rather than fiction, but sparking up a conversation about your novel might mean they’ll like it if you’ve featured a main character who races.
We don’t usually like to ask our friends for things, but you never know… you might have one that is curious about your current work and don’t mind helping you out. Ask and you shall receive is how the old saying goes!