Tips for Beta Readers and Authors
For the Author:
- Send your beta the best possible version of your story (e.g., make sure it's been spell- and grammar-checked to the best of your ability).
- Be reasonable and clear about your expectations with your beta. For example, if you need a story to be betaed by a certain date, let them know.
- Always acknowledge your beta when you publish in either the summary of your story or story/chapter notes.
For the Beta
- Remember that you’re the first person to see the writer’s story. Try to balance criticism and corrections with pointing out what the author is doing well. This really helps motivate the writer!
- Try to be honest about what you’re capable of doing (e.g., grammar, turn-around time, etc.). Real-life happens, and communication is key. Chances are your author is eagerly waiting to hear from you.
- Remember that in the end, you’re making suggestions that the author may or may not take, and that’s okay. You’re providing a valuable service and feedback even if they don’t take every suggestion.