HOW TO TRAIN A BETA READER AND SELL MORE BOOKS
After five years of workshops, writing groups, conventions, and completing my first novel, I was still looking for a presentation dedicated to the topic of beta readers. I have attended seminars on story structure, how to show, not tell, pitching, writing a synopsis, book marketing, editing, writing query letters, book cover design, how to write a villain, why voice matters, the importance of research, why writers need critique groups, how to self-publish, how to master Amazon ads, building characters, building worlds, and many more. I enjoyed each one!
Not one focused on the topic of pre-publication, or “beta” readers, where to find them, how to train them, and why they are so fundamental to a writer’s success.
Thirty years as a marketing professional taught me that every new product is beta tested before a public launch, and for good reasons. A book is no exception. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a step-by-step process or best practices for beta testing a manuscript. Two years later after testing and re-testing, I am thrilled to share this easy, effective strategy.