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What’s a Beta Reader and How Can They Help Authors?

by Miral Sattar •  May 8, 2013  •   Follow miralsattar

Published in News  •  4 comments

You’ve probably been hearing a lot of buzz about beta readers and why it’s generally a good idea to get a beta reader to read your work before it’s published.

A beta reader will generally read your work (for free or for a small fee) with a critical eye. A beta reader typically reads your manuscript and gives you feedback before you send it out into the world. They’ll read your manuscript as a reader before you send it to an agent or decide to self-publish. It’s generally a good idea to get two or three beta reads for your manuscript.

Small Blue Dog has a great post on what to look for in a good beta reader.

We’re super excited to announce our new beta reader program! Starting this week, you can now sign up as a beta reader on! Just select the ‘Beta Reader’ category when you sign up.

Readers: Now you can check out great books by authors before they’re published. Just sign up as a beta reader from our free account program.

Authors: Get feedback and critique from readers before you publish your book. When selecting beta readers, it’s always good to find people who are your target audience but also have varying backgrounds.

Just sign up as an author on our site and post a new project and select ‘beta reader’ as your category.


About Miral Sattar

Lover of books. CEO & founder of Bibliocrunch. Love storytelling in all its forms. Formerly TIME. I'm a new media entrepreneur who has worked in the media industry for 11 years. My mission is simple – to innovate the publishing industry with technology. My company has been featured in BBC World News, Money Magazine, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Forbes, WSJ, MediaBistro, PBS, Columbia Journalism Review, The Next Web, Publishers Weekly, and a bunch of other places. Bibliocrunch was also selected as The Next Big Thing in media by the Paley Center. I also used to run a popular South Asian culture blog called Divanee. Before I ran my own company and became a mom, I used to be on the board for several literacy organizations, and wrote a LOT more. Hopefully, when things are calmer I can go back to that! :)