Well, I’m not, not yet anyway.
Getting ready to release on the world has more steps than stitches in a quilt.
Or so it seems. As I type this post with trembling fingers I’m moving on to the next step.
Someone once told me to never fear asking.
She said, “What’s the worst that can happen? You already have a no.”
I try to remember her advice. It comes in handy when I need to boost my nerve, like today.
My children’s book may not be ready for prime time yet, but after going through one editing process, it’s time to move on to the next stage with Beta Readers.
If you are considering Beta Readers, I recommend you read her article before starting.
Okay, #1 – done, #2 – I’m breathing, so on to #3 – Searching for independent feedback.
Because you guys were so helpful with cover suggestions, I’m turning to you again.
I’m looking for Beta Readers who have children, or grandchildren between the ages of 6-10.
So if you can help a writer out, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll forward you an e-copy or a pdf copy.
Now, next I must decide what to ask.
After reading umpteen suggestions on what to ask, I’ve come to the conclusion the questions should be tailored to the project. Just like each genre, story, or writer, no size fits all.
But some of the articles I found were very helpful. But, never fear I’ll keep my request short and simple.
Questions for Your Beta Readers by Jodie Renner
In Ms. Renner’s article she gives us feedback from several of her clients. Here I think you’ll find questions to work for any genre.
Okay, give me a shout-out if you’re willing to read my little book.
About my book:
The story is about a little boy named Ben, who doesn’t believe he is any good at sports. Growing up in the shadow of an older sibling, who is a star athlete, can be difficult.
At the insistence of his parents, Ben discovers he can do anything if he tries and in the process make new friends.
This book is for young readers, between the age 7-9 yrs old and Grades 2-3, who are bridging the gap between early readers and chapter books.
A Quick Guide to Beta Reader Etiquette by K.M. Weiland
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