Beta Readers, It’s About the Book – Not You

Reblog from RyanLanz – Ashleigh Giannoccaro’s great tips regarding what to look for in a beta reader. Very topical as my manuscript is currently with Colleen Chesboro at Silver Threading for the final edit – I hope!

A Writer's Path

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by Ashleigh Giannoccaro

For me over the last five (now six) books my beta team has proved to be one the most valuable resources. Sometimes we need that unbiased opinion to separate us from our ‘book babies’ so we can see the faults. These are often the first eyes on your work and they give their time and effort to help you make it better. I want my beta team to rip it to shreds so I can sew it all back together better in the end. It’s not about me, it is about putting out the best book possible.

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About Marje @ Kyrosmagica

Hi. Welcome to my blog, Kyrosmagica. A blog about magic, books, writing, laughter, and much more! I'm a debut writer in the process of finishing my first YA fantasy novel, set in Cambridge. I write book reviews on Net Galley and Goodreads. I have a penchant for travel and have relatives in far flung places, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, (my birthplace.) I grew up in in Bonnie Scotland, in Edinburgh, and now live in Cambridge. I love sunny, hot places, particularly Rome, Venice, Portugal, Barcelona, and I forgot to mention the sun drenched beaches of the Caribbean, how could I? I am lucky to have been blessed with two lovely daughters and a husband who I fondly refer to in this blog as my black sheep. Family joke! With my passion for travel, culture, beautiful beaches, good food, books, theatre, writing, and humour, I hope to keep you entertained. I'm loving every minute of this creative journey, please join me.
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7 Responses to Beta Readers, It’s About the Book – Not You

  1. Annika Perry says:

    Marje, great you have Colleen on board! Is it nerve-wrecking waiting for her comments? Good luck on the final edit and then you’re there. Well done, very happy for you.

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  2. wanderwolf says:

    The beta team is supposed to be critical! They help prevent the comments that other, less attached readers will give. 🙂 sounds like the work is coming along well!

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  3. Your beta readers are crucial to the entire process. I think Colleen is a great choice. It’s exciting to be that far along in the process. Congrats!

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