Questions for Beta Readers

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Questions for Beta Readers

What is a Beta Reader? The short answer is someone who evaluates your story. Long answer; they give you feedback on your story. They are like beta testers for software, looking for bugs and problems. A good beta reader points out holes in your plot, point of view problems, and chronology problems. They point out confusing areas and let you know if you’re describing things too much. They let you know when something just doesn’t make sense in the story. When they finish reading your book, the good ones include their comments either in the document or in a separate document. My beta reader made her notes at the end of each chapter.

Did the story keep your interest from the start? If it didn’t, why?

Were you able to determine who the main character is and where and when it takes place? If not, what needs to be changed?

Were you able to connect with the main character? Could you feel their excitement, fear, or pain?

Did you like the setting was there enough detail or too much?

Did any point in the story drag or made you lose interest? If so, where?

Did anything in the story confuse you or frustrate you? Where and in what way?

Did the timeline seem plausible and move in a linear fashion? Were there any inconsistencies?

Did you find the characters believable? Do you think any of the characters could be improved?

Were you confused by the any of the characters? Are there too many or too few? Was there enough difference in the character names?

Was the dialogue crisp and help move the story along? Did it seem natural? Did you have any trouble figuring out who was speaking?

Was there too much description or not enough? Was there anything that should have been expanded on?

Is there enough tension, conflict, and intrigue keep you reading?

Did you like the ending? Did it seem believable?

Did you notice any major problems with punctuation, grammar, or spelling errors? If so, where?

Do you believe this writing style fits the genre? If you don’t, why?

What scenes did you like the most?

Should anything be shortened or deleted?

Any parts you think should be expanded on?

What is your overall opinion of the story?

What is your overall opinion of the characters?

When dealing with beta readers you need patience. Remember, they are taking their free time to read and comment on something you wrote. Beta readers have lives of their own and the responsibilities that go with their life. Don’t pester them, asking how far along they are or when they expect to finish.

May the words ever flow!

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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26 Responses to Questions for Beta Readers

  1. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    For Authors and Beta Readers to ask 😀

  2. Wonderful! I am reblogging, as much a reminder to myself as to help you share these great questions!

  3. Ana says:

    What a great post, awesome advice!

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  5. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    This is an extremely useful post for those of us that use beta readers.

  6. Reblogged this on EXPRESSIONS and commented:
    Some great questions, if you use beta readers.

  7. Nancy V says:

    Reblogged this on steviawithcream and commented:
    All my beta readers be aware. Great description of who they are and what they do to make the book better.

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