Beta Readers

You finally have a draft you’re willing to share.

Congratulations! Now you’re ready for beta readers.

Beta Readers

Concept Talk
Submission to 500+ Subscribers
Beta Reader Report
Strategy Session


Beta readers are authors’ darlings: regular people who offer to read an unpublished manuscript and provide honest feedback.

Our beta readers will see your title, tagline, book description, bio, and any cover art you might have in the works. If they’re interested, they’ll request your book and we’ll stay in touch with them while they read it. We’ll do our best to get them to fill out your questionnaire, and when the results are in, we’ll help you interpret your readers’ feedback.

Our Beta Reader Program

The 500+ volunteers in our beta reader program are unpaid, untrained, and come with no guarantees. They may or may not finish your book. They may or may not meet their deadline. They may or may not fill out our questionnaire, or fill it out completely.

Sounds like a great investment, doesn’t it?

It is.

These are readers who were drawn to your book by everything a book buyer would see: your title, your tagline, your book description, your bio. They’re the browsers who might pick it up off the shelf, buy it online, or borrow it from the library. Don’t you want to see their reviews before the book is published? After all, Amazon is forever.

Knowing whether someone DOESN’T finish your book is just as valuable as knowing what they thought of it after they finished it.

Beta readers can provide a gut check, a yes or no answer to the question of whether this draft is ready for publication or submission to agents. If your betas tell you your book is amazing, then go forth and seek publication. If you hear from your betas that no, this draft is not ready for publication, you’ll want to figure out what to do with the feedback they’ve given to you.

Although betas are good at letting you know something’s not quite working, they’re less helpful when it comes to figuring out how to fix it. Luckily, that’s our area of expertise. We’ll help you interpret their critique and decide how to move forward. We’ll make recommendations for development and point you toward our favorite resources for your particular needs.

Let Us Run a Beta Campaign for You

When you sign up for our beta program, we’ll help you polish a brief description of your book, customize our questionnaire for your readers, and set a deadline for them. We’ll send your book description to the 500+ readers who have opted in to our designated mailing list. When requests come in for your book, we’ll send it to all takers in digital format.

We’ll stay in touch with your readers over the next few weeks as their deadline approaches. If a reader gets stuck or doesn’t finish the book, we’ll try to find out where they put the book down — and why. We’ll get as many responses to your customized questionnaire as we can, compile them for you in a report, and invite you to a strategy session to interpret the results. After your strategy session, we’ll send you our recommendations for development so you’ll have a plan for your next steps with this project.

The whole thing takes about five weeks, start to finish. Why not start today?

Request a free consultation now.

“Given the choice between trivial material brilliantly told versus profound material badly told, an audience will always choose the trivial told brilliantly. Master storytellers know how to squeeze life out of the least of things, while poor storytellers reduce the profound to the banal. You may have the insight of a Buddha, but if you cannot tell story, your ideas turn dry as chalk.”

– Robert McKee, STORY

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