Why are Beta-Readers special?

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The beta-reader is the most important card in your editing arsenal.

Yes. You read correctly. While the editor can weed out typos and suggest changes in the storyline to fill plot holes, the beta-reader does what must be done.

He/She locates the minor glitches that can derail a great book. I know not everyone goes hunting for typos but grammar Nazis are out there.

Almost always, these people work for free, and their efforts go largely unnoticed by the average reader.

Most authors I know acknowledge their beta-readers, and they should. If you ask me there should be a day dedicated to these tireless folks.

So if you’re a writer, and have beta-readers, do ’em a favor.

Tell them how much you love them.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various published novels and short stories. Please follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. By subscribing to his blog posts you’ll have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. Sorry! Spam not included.

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Writers: How to respect your readers

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Are you a writer? You are? Great! Then I’ve got news for you…

Do you edit your work? Or hire an editor instead? If you do one or both then listen up. You still need to have your work proofread. Most writers undervalue this important step in publishing; do so at your own peril, because the results can be harmful to your literary reputation.

Most writers think that after the editing process, their work is done and press the publish button in a mad dash to get their work out on the market. Well, if you’re skipping the proofreading phase, then you’re hurting yourself more than you know.

Trust me, it is in your best interests to find a proofreader…or two. Editors are human too, and they miss errors in manuscripts. It’s not because they’re not doing their job, but not every mistake will be caught. That’s why you need as many fresh pairs of eyes you can find to help you weed out the typos, misspelled words and punctuation issues.

Listen, readers plunk down their hard-earned money to buy books, and the last thing they want is to get bogged down with manuscript errors. It hurts the reading experience, and also the writer’s reputation.

So, if you don’t respect your readers’ time, efforts, and money, then why should they respect your reputation? The last thing you want is a negative review based on your manuscript’s grammatical/punctuation shortcomings. Will you still get bad reviews? Sure. Every writer does, it’s part of the writing business. But no writer should get bad reviews because of typos, misplaced commas, or grammatical snafus. That’s just unacceptable.

So do yourself and your reader a favor, put a little extra time into the post-editing stages of your manuscript.

Your readers will thank you for it.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing, or just plain nonsense. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will be grateful and dance on his hands if you do.