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  • Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • To help authors of SF/F and beta readers of same find each other.

    For authors looking for beta readers: This is NOT the place for promotion/marketing. Don't ask for beta readers unless you're seeking feedback for the purpose of improving your manuscript...  more
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    • Last updated Apr 20

Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Updates

  • Thomas Weaver
    Thomas Weaver: Link to my list of beta reader questions: https://northofandover.wordpress.com/questions-to-ask-beta-readers/ (Feel free to copy and use.)
    • Sep 13
  • Thomas Weaver
    Thomas Weaver: Sometime this autumn, I'm going to need beta readers for one or two novels. One is science fiction (and will probably be finished first), and the other... Well, it looks like urban fantasy (NOT paranormal romance) on the surface, so let's go with that...  more
    • Sep 13
  • Judith Rook
    Judith Rook: This is not exactly a request for a beta read, more for an opinion about a point of structure towards the end of my WIP.

    I have included a "summary" paragraph as part of the text (see below). Readers will have picked up all this from the narrative, but...  more
    • Jun 14
    • Amy Lehman likes this.
    • Judith Rook
      Amy Lehman For me personally, this was confusing, but as you pointed out, it is out of context. If you were going for a list of things he needs to do and to make the reader see how great a task it is, then you were successful. The paragraph gives you that...  more
      • Jun 15
    • Judith Rook
      Thomas Weaver I don't think it seems redundant. The POV character himself realizes, "He needed a timetable." This paragraph looks like the character reminding himself about all the things he needs to do, and in what order -- any 'reminding the reader' is just a...  more
      • Jun 15
    • Judith Rook
      Judith Rook Thank you, Amy and Thomas. Your comments have confirmed my feeling that the paragraph should be there. I'll keep it in, as the trigger for the anti-climax.
  • Elizabeth Munro
    Elizabeth Munro joined the group Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • May 13
  • Amy Lehman
    Amy Lehman: Would anyone be interested in reading the first chapter of my sci-fi thriller? I am getting ready to pitch it to an agent and would like to know I have that first chapter where it needs to be. I would just be looking for feedback on whether it captured...  more
    • May 8
    • Amy Lehman
      Amy Lehman Thanks. What would be the best way to get it to you?
      • May 8
    • Amy Lehman
      Thomas Weaver Can you send it to me as a Word file? My email address is thomasweaver (at) zoho (dot) com.
      • May 8
    • Amy Lehman
      Amy Lehman Definitely. I'll send it in a couple of hours. Thanks again.
      • May 8
    • Amy Lehman
      David Rose I'll have a look. Email me at davidr [at) weblink1 dot co dot za, any format.
    • Amy Lehman
      Amy Lehman Thanks, David Rose. I'll send it today.
      • May 9
  • Gregory Close
    Gregory Close joined the group Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • May 6
  • Thomas Weaver
    Thomas Weaver replied to a topic in the group Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy:
    "A Quick Guide to Beta Reader Etiquette" by K. M. Weiland

    Bryn Donovan's "Toxic Beta Readers: Avoid Them. Avoid Being One."

    "Writing Feedback: the Ultimate Guide to Working With Beta Readers" by Amanda Shofner
    • Apr 24
  • Thomas Weaver
    Thomas Weaver: I'm going to assume everyone who joined this group is either an author of sci-fi/fantasy or a reader interested in beta reading fiction in these genres. So... If you're an author, what are you currently working on, and how soon (best guess) you'll be...  more
    • Apr 18
    • Thomas Weaver
      Lucinda Moebius I am working on a Paranormal Novel (Second in the series. I hope to be ready for Beta in July.
    • Thomas Weaver
      Alvin Atwater Currently working on the sequel to Hell to Pay. I'm aiming to have it finished by July xD, sooner if possible.
    • Thomas Weaver
      Amy Lehman I am elbow deep in editing my first novel which is a near future sci fi.
    • Thomas Weaver
      Thomas Weaver I was informed this morning that the penultimate novel in my twin's sci-fi series ought to be ready for beta readers sometime in August. He's about 2/3 of the way through writing it, and then there will be minor revisions, followed by copyediting by...  more
  • Thomas Weaver
    Thomas Weaver replied to a topic in the group Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy:
    More links:

    "4 Things Every Writer Should Know About Beta Readers" by Nat...  more
    • Apr 6
  • Thomas Weaver
    Thomas Weaver posted a topic in the group Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy:
    I would like to create a collection of resources for both authors and beta readers.

    Have you seen a good blog post about how to be a beta reader or how to find beta readers for one's own fiction? A useful list of questions to ask so as to get the most ...
    • Apr 6
  • E. S. Furlán
    E. S. Furlán joined the group Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Apr 5
  • Judith Rook
    Judith Rook joined the group Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Apr 5
  • Thomas Weaver
    Thomas Weaver: Advice for authors: Don't wait until the manuscript is completely finished (including all stages of editing) to start seeking beta readers. As soon as you're CLOSE to done, it's time to let people know, whether they're your usual loyal beta readers or...  more
    • Apr 4
  • Kell Inkston
    Kell Inkston: Glad to see someone put this together! I'm looking forward to garnering in a torrent of beta readers! >:]
    • Apr 2
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  • Kell Inkston
    Kell Inkston joined the group Beta Readers: Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Apr 2