Thank you for joining my team of Beta Readers! I created this page especially for you, because you are more valuable to me than you might know. By joining my Beta Team, you agreed to provide me with feedback within a set amount of time, but I have obligations to you as well. Obligations I take seriously.

What you can expect from me

  • My Beta Manuscripts will always be carefully edited and proofread, to give you the best possible experience.
  • I will make a nicely formatted E-book copy of the manuscript available to you in PDF, Mobi, and Epub format, at no cost to you.
  • I will only send you emails pertaining to the work you agreed to beta-read for me, and you are under no obligation to sign up for my newsletter. (But I would certainly appreciate your voluntary subscription.)
  • If you email me with any questions, I will do my best to answer them within 48 hours — but I may not always be able to react as promptly as I would like.
  • I will send you a reminder to send me your feedback two weeks before the deadline, and another reminder two days before the deadline.

What I expect from my Beta Readers

  • You will treat my work confidentially. It is not ready the be released to the general public yet.
  • Your feedback will be honest and to the point, without being unnecessarily hurtful. I absolutely welcome negative feedback, but choose your wording carefully, please. This way, your feedback will be more effective.
  • Do not write a negative review on e.g. Goodreads without having read the published version to see if any issues you pointed out have been fixed.
  • You will send me your feedback within the specified time-frame.
  • Feel free to send me any questions you might have, and I will answer them as soon as possible. (See above.)
  • If, for any reason, you cannot provide me with your feedback in time, please let me know as soon as possible. I understand that life can throw unexpected hurdles in our way, and I will not hold it against you.

Questions for you to consider

The questions below are meant as a guideline. Don’t feel like you need to answer them all. They are meant to help you, not to hinder. If you choose to answer these questions, feel free to elaborate as much as you like.

  • Could the story capture and hold your interest? Where did you get hooked?
  • Did the characters feel real to you? To which character did you relate most? Were there characters that felt unrealistic, or that you could not relate to at all? How about characters you hated, or loved to hate?
  • Was the worldbuilding interesting? Did it help you create visuals of the different settings? Was it detailed enough? Which setting stood out to you most?
  • Did you notice any plot-holes that need to be addressed? Scenes that didn’t work? Pacing issues?
  • How do you feel about the ending?

Again, don’t feel like you have to answer all these questions. Use them to help you order your thoughts. If you caught any typos or grammatical errors, please let me know. (But don’t feel like you have to go hunting for them. I’ll have a professional proofreader go through the final manuscript before publication.) Add any other feedback you think might be useful. I truly appreciate all your efforts.

You, my beta readers, mean the world to me.