For Writers: Do I really need beta readers?

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This question came up at a recent writer’s conference and I thought that I’d share my perspectives in video format as well as text.

Beta readers are folks you invite to read your book ahead of its release and give feedback. I encourage authors to have a few betas on hand and to use different ones with each novel.

Here are 3 reasons beta readers are a must for any author

  1. They can identify problems with your plot.
  2. In today’s hypersensitive culture, beta readers—or separate “sensitivity readers”—can identify parts of your plot that readers might find objectionable and might earn you critical reviews.
  3. Betas can post advance reviews about your book.

It’s a good idea to rotate your beta readers. Get different perspectives by giving different titles to different groups.

Easily join my beta reader waiting list here.

The one thing to keep in mind is that, if you take everything betas suggest to heart, they can cause you to lose your voice. Be selective in receiving their feedback. Be cautious and make sure that the final product reflects your voice.

About JP Robinson

JP Robinson is a prolific award-winning author. He graduated from SUNY Stony Brook university at 19 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and another in French. He is currently wrapping up his Master’s of Education.

JP is a contributor to Guideposts, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, and the Salvation Army’s War Cry. His work has been praised by industry leaders such as Publishers Weekly and secured the #1 spot on Amazon’s historical thrillers category.

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