Where Do We Find Beta Readers?

We wrap up this series of posts about beta readers by answering the essential question of where to find a beta reader.

  • Relatives: Our family is often a great place to start. While not every family member would make a great beta reader, there are likely some relatives who would enjoy it and provide helpful feedback. Family members, however, may not be as critical as needed, since they want to encourage us and don’t want to hurt our feelings. Even so, relatives are a great source to give our work its first read.
  • Friends: Next in line are friends. Just as with family, friends may also not be as critical as needed, but they can provide an array of feedback from different perspectives.
  • Writers: Other writers and authors may be open to be a beta reader, especially if they are closely connected with us or if they want to swap beta reading work.
  • Readers: Some of our most engaged followers, such as blog readers or mail list subscribers, may jump at the chance to be a beta reader for us.
  • Online: A Google search for “finding beta readers” gives five million results. The first match is a beta reader group on Goodreads, which has 3,600 members and will surely provide some good beta readers if we’re willing to invest the time to find them.

I’ve used the first three items and am open to the fourth, while finding a beta reader on Goodreads is a most intriguing idea.

What other ideas do you have? Who have you used as a beta reader?

3 thoughts on “Where Do We Find Beta Readers?

  1. Peter,

    So simple?

    I went straight to friends before I asked family. I will call a couple and ask to read now.

    I also asked Tribe friends. Its a 400 page book and everyone is busy with their own projects. Those who read were not very critical and mostly offered line editing, except one friend who has been giving her heart to my book and has contributed great ideas in organization and content.

    Someone i met in LinkedIn only read my intro and a few chapters, yet, he also suggested the idea of a thread about Odyssey running throughout the book, something i was thinking about but had never put into words.

    I did Goodreads for a short while and reviewed, but I don’t have the time to read lately and i feel bad asking.

    Would you consider being a beta reader?

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