Our wild beta readers (also lovingly referred to as feral) 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. Because knowing whether someone DOESN’T finish the book is just as valuable as knowing what they thought of it after they finished it. These are readers who were drawn to your book by all the available information: Your title, your tagline, your book description, your bio. They’re the ones who might pick it up off the shelf or buy it online or borrow it from the library. Don’t you want to get their reviews before the book is published?
Our wild beta service will send a call out to our list of 500+ volunteers and send your book to all takers. We’ll stay in touch with your readers from start to finish and find out how their reading experience goes. If they get stuck or don’t finish the book, we’ll find out why. We’ll compile their anonymous answers and send them to you with our interpretation of your possible next steps. We’ll even help you make sense of their answers.
It all takes about a month, start to finish. Why not start the clock now?
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From other pros:
Author Magazine: To Beta or Not to Beta?
Carolyn Haley, American Editor: The Value (or Not) of Beta Readers
Paula Munier, Career Authors: The Pros and Cons of Beta Readers