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3 minutes ago, Joshua Benefiel said:

Is it like a beta fish?

Sort of. A beta reader reads through your manuscript to find the plot holes and inconsistencies and other problems before the book is published. Here, people will trade reading for each other.

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A Beta reader is someone who's willing to read your manuscript before you release it to the world, who's willing and able to give you specific, constructively critical feedback. Good Beta readers who provide prompt, actionable feedback are relatively rare. They're out there, but you may have to work at finding them. (Which means when you do find some, you hang on for dear life. A good Beta reader is absolutely golden.)

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You can also use beta readers to verify whether or not you should remove sections of text suggested by an editor.

 

What the editor thinks the reader wants, and what the reader actually wants are often two separate things.

Edited by Jeff Potts
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