Questions for Your Beta Readers:

I’m a believer in beta readers, but not in using beta readers indiscriminately. By the time you send a manuscript to beta readers, you should have a good handle on the shape of the book. I don’t think you should ask them to give you feedback on how to change the plot or characters. You should give specific instructions. You want to know how readers might feel, reading your book. It should be up to you to figure out if you want to change things based on these responses. I don’t think beta readers are the best at offering at advice (not sure anyone is) on how to change your book.

Here are some questions you might ask your beta readers either before they start reading or afterward:

  1. Where were you bored?
  2. Where did you not believe the events happening?
  3. Where did you not believe this character would do that?
  4. Where did you cry?
  5. Where did you laugh?
  6. Where did you shout for joy?
  7. Who did you root for?
  8. Who did you hate?
  9. What did you wish hadn’t happened?
  10. Whose point of view did you want to hear?

Published by Mette Ivie

I'm a national bestselling author, All-American triathlete, Princeton PhD and mother of five amazing kids. And I'm here to teach you how to talk back to the brain that is telling you to quit before you fail. I'm here to up your game as a writer and as a human. I teach skills on writing, but more than that, I teach you how to take risks and write more deeply, more humanly, and to become a better human yourself.

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