Now that the New Year has officially started, I want to share how much I appreciate my beta reader. She’s great.
I’m working on the long process of rewriting my manuscript for Yellow Creek Book Three, Spirit Catcher. Once my rewrite is completed, I’ll send off my manuscript to my Beta Reader.
If you’re a fiction writer, you know the importance of a beta reader. My beta reader does not edit, she reads the story. If there are any niggles in my manuscript, she'll find them. What’s a ‘niggle’, well, that’s my word I use when my beta reader finds a bump in my story. She’s finicky.
A ‘niggle’ is something that nags, annoys, irritates, troubles my beta reader, because it doesn't pull the story together smoothly, or something was left out.
Writers see it all in their heads, and sometimes they forget to put it in print. It can be a tiny word, a statement, or a sentence, something that pulls the read out of the story. Your beta reader will give you a simplified feedback on your book. They too want your book to be a good read. And, if you forgot to clear up some part of your story, she’ll let you know. She also might ask why you wrote a scene that didn't belong. I trust my beta reader because, she’s a reader.
Another perk for the beta reader is they get to read the manuscript first, before it’s published.
Do you have a beta reader? Or, are you a beta reader?