If you are a self-publishing author, you might have already known the need of an editor. Professional editing costs money. Being one major drawback of self-publishing you need to have a fund upfront for getting these services.
In case a professional editing is not in your budget list, what do you do? That is where beta reading comes. Well, beta readers are not editors. But they can be really helpful in your publishing team.
You might have heard no prolific art is a solo effort. Editors, designers, marketers help authors bring their novels to life.
What is a beta reader?
Basically, a beta reader gives you feedback on your finished manuscript, so you can adjust it before you set it loose in the world. A non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. They are not editors or proofreaders, but they can serve in that context too.
Do I Need Beta-Readers?
After spending so much time working on your novel, authors tend to become blind to the shortcomings of our own work. Beta readers provide authors with invaluable insight, helping them see your work through their POV. A beta reader or critique partner provides a fresh pair of eyes. Beta readers help you to find plot holes, typos, and many other mistakes. Beta readers can be your cheerleaders and supporters too. They will help you improve your novel and your writing skills. This will not only increase your chances for publication. They will help you build a good reputation with readers, especially if you self-publish.