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The importance of a quality beta!

I have this problem. It’s kind of like author ADD. When i get deep into a story I can’t normally see my own mistakes. I know what I want to say and what I meant to type and sometimes when i read back over my work that’s exactly what I see. What should be there, not what is there. This is when a quality proofreader, or beta, comes in handy. I’m very lucky in this aspect. I have one of the best Beta’s around. We work exceptionally well together. She’s also a writer and we enjoy each other’s work so proofreading isn’t that much of a chore for either of us. LOL

We also don’t believe in sugar coating the truth. If she reads something of mine that sounds off or just plain sucks she’ll tell me so and then we work together to fix it. She always has great suggestions and her grasp of punctuation is fabulous. (I envy that a lot) But it’s the honesty that makes the whole relationship work so well. She doesn’t beat around the bush about what needs fixing. She’s not mean either, just up front about it, and in this job of being a published author you have to be able to take criticism. If you can’t you might want to consider a career change. It comes with the territory. There will always be people picking on your writing. HArsh reviews, people that hate everything you do. You have to accept it and move on, but having an amazing beta goes a long way towards putting out the best possible work you can.
Thanks Cassandra. You rock!!!

Beth
http://www.bethwylde.com

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7 Responses to “The importance of a quality beta!”

  1. I am a beta reader for Alexa Grace. I love it. I agree that the beta readers are important. Once you’ve written and read a piece over and over it’s hard to see the errors. I love catching stuff. Thanks for sharing and Congrats on 5 years. What a huge accomplishment!
    Rhonda D
    slinkydennis@yahoo.com

  2. This is so true – which is why I think it’s really important that authors have both proof readers and beta readers. And if the author is going to do a selfpublished book – this becomes even twice as important! Good post.

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  3. That’s way cool, Beth!

    I just wanted to leave this note for other readers – until Beth’s Rafflecopter widget gets fixed, you can still leave a comment here to enter for the Kindle Fire, and we’ll collect it by hand and put it in the pool for the drawing, no problem!

    Adriana

  4. Great article. How do you become a Beta reader? Congrats and Happy Birthday!!!! ;)

    Chris
    ceagles48218@yahoo.com

  5. Happy 5th birthday!

  6. I do freelance proofreading and agree that one often stops seeing the ‘big picture’ when one lives with a story so long. It is great that you and your colleague can help each other without having your egos get in the way! Happy 5th b-day to all of you Midnight Seductions authors!

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  7. Thank you so very much for running the blog. The Kindle fire is a birthday and Christmas present all in one. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. Thank you for such a generous gift. Suzanne B>


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