Beta Readers: Who, What, When, Why, and How

Beta Readers: Who, What, When, Why, and How

Since I’m seeking to grow my community of beta readers, I thought it would be good to explain the role of a beta reader. Beta readers receive advance copies of an author’s manuscript before it is published and sometimes get other perks. In exchange, the beta readers read the manuscript and provide services that the author finds valuable. Read on to learn how I work with my beta reader community.

Does Anybody Care?

Does Anybody Care?

In 2017, I consistently published blog posts in my materials blog. The bi-weekly schedule, hanging prominently on a 12-month calendar page in my home office, served as a reminder and incentive. I filled out dates for the whole year in pencil, circling them in pen once I published each blog post.

My blogging isn’t going so well this year.

If you want someone to read your content...

Remember to hit "publish."

We writers may be good at writing, but we're not immune to forgetting some of the nitty-gritty details. I've often repeated the advice that all writers need editors. That includes those of us who also edit professionally.


Browsing my own website recently and seeing it as visitors do, I was surprised to see that the "On Writing" page was blank! I've written content but it was still all saved as drafts. I will now be releasing new content for this blog regularly, starting with articles I published on Medium several months ago and meant to link to here. 

Seven Things I Learned

On December 1,  2017, I published an article on Medium about my experience with NaNonFiWriMo, the nonfiction version of National Novel Writing Month. 

Read my Medium post to learn my take on the importance of concrete, public goals, why just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be done, and more important lessons.