Posted on 02/20/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When LS Hawker first realized she’d need to use beta readers to prepare two manuscripts in twelve months, she certainly wasn’t excited about it.

If her normal critique group — which took twenty pages every two weeks — was like a paper cut, then a beta reader must be like an ice pick to the jugular, right?

Well, if you find the right readers, the analogy might be more akin to a relaxation massage versus a deep-tissue massage.

That is, the agony can be worth it in the end.

Hawker shares her advice for how to pick a beta reader, including questions to ask them and expectations to make clear, at Writer’s Digest.

Categories: Behind the scenes

Tagged As: Editing, Writer's Digest

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