Well, not really dense in the stupid way (although that happens more often than I'd like to admit) but dense in a still learning so much way. Now, let it be said that I've gone to my fair share of writing conferences and workshops....I am blessed with a great critique group (the wad) and have finished three novels (started lots more, but that's another story)
Still, I have much to learn
Case in point: beta readers
I've seen that term floating around the blogosphere - but didn't know much about them.
So, a few weeks back, I began digging and do you know what I found?
Of course you do! You probably know all about beta readers....I am the one who is painfully behind on these sorts of things.
I learned that a beta reader is an anonymous person who will read and critique your novel for no other reason than to be nice!!! There are whole websites with lists and lists of these amazing people (betas). You can literally look through their posts and shop for one that would be a good fit.
Let me tell you why a beta reader really appeals to me. I love my family, my friends, my neighbors and my critique group but sometimes you just need some distance and objectivity to your critique. You see, if the person is anonymous and I will never hang out with them, then I think their critique might be:
A. less painful
B. more honest
So - I got connected with some beta readers. I can't tell you how excited I am to receive a no holds barred - not afraid you'll be mad at me - tell it like I see it - review of my work.
I neeeeed that. Really, I do.
So here is my question for you:
Do you use beta readers?
How did you find yours?
Is it working for you? Why or why not?