Beta Reading for The Elementalist: Rise of Hara

25 Aug

So. Since I’m like done-but-not-done with editing The Elementalist: Rise of Hara, it’s almost time for that all-important beta reading stage and I already have a handful of people who’ve been asking to be beta readers. Kinda cool.

Over the past month or so, I’ve been working on putting together a questionnaire for each “part” of my novel (there are 5 in total) to help me capture feedback that I’ll find most useful. For now, I’ve been sending out a Google Forms pre-screening questionnaire to folks who are interested in reading my story. It asks some general questions about reading preferences, the reader’s experience with writing, etc. and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. So if anyone is interested in being a beta reader for TEROH and providing their honest feedback, then definitely fill out that questionnaire, please and thank you. ^_^

After I collect some pre-screens and finish my current read-through, the plan is for me to send out my manuscript in 5 parts to beta readers. I’ll probably send all 5 at once unless otherwise requested so that readers can read and submit feedback at their own pace. This is a longer story, currently sitting at around 213K words; for non-writers, that’s like reading Crime and Punishment or a 700-ish-page novel, depending on formatting. If you don’t like reading longer novels, then you may not want to be a beta reader for this one.

Anyway, beta readers will be welcome to include notes or highlights on the manuscript itself, though I’ll be asking for specific feedback in the questionnaires themselves—mostly along the lines of general thoughts on a particular section up to the end of that section, the reader’s overall interest in my main as well as some minor characters, thoughts on larger plot points, interest in continuing to read the rest of the story at the end of each section…those kinds of things. (See example below.)

Beta Read Questions 1

Overall, I’m mostly interested in readers’ feelings and experiences with the story as they progress through it plus their big-picture thoughts. Though, I’m open to any feedback a reader feels compelled to share—be it grammar stuff, structural suggestions, or whatever. Regardless of what feedback I get, TEROH will definitely be visiting an editor at some point.

Here’s the thing: I need more time to finish this read-through of my manuscript. I’m looking mostly for cadence, tone, and flow while I read now as well as other small things that happen to jump out at me that I failed to notice before. It’s going faster than my last round of edits (much faster), but not as fast as I’d like because I’m a slow reader myself and am scrutinizing all 213K+ of these words one line at a time. *le sigh* Anyway, I’m going to be realistic and give myself until the end of September for now (tracking my progress on the right side of the blog), but I’ll send out an email to anyone who completes my pre-screening when I’m finished so you’ll know for sure.

Sound good? 🙂

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4 Responses to “Beta Reading for The Elementalist: Rise of Hara”

  1. Anthony Lee Collins August 30, 2017 at 12:40 PM #

    I’ve done beta reading and I’ve had people beta read for me, and in my experience the most important thing is setting expectations in advance. When I’m beta reading, I always try to find out as much as possible about what the writer want before I start (or before I even agree).

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    • T.M. White August 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM #

      I think that’s a good practice. There are so many aspects to possibly provide feedback on… Some people may be more (or less) thorough than others and provide more (or less) than perhaps the writer requesting the feedback intended. Clear expectations can certainly help minimize this!

      (Oh, by the way, thanks for filling out the pre-screening questionnaire! :D)

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  2. MyPenSweats September 11, 2017 at 1:24 PM #

    I know this comment is all sorts of late but I’m just now starting to put my WordPress into use. I would love to help the cause by supporting a fellow writer of color and pre-reading your story. Just as a forewarning though. I am a slow reader so if your book is rather lengthy it would take me some time to go through it.

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    • T.M. White September 11, 2017 at 5:21 PM #

      Hi, there! Thanks for visiting.

      Lucky for you, I’m not only a slow reader myself but also a slow writer. 😉 (I won’t be sending out my story to betas until the beginning of October.) I’d love to get your feedback! Just fill out my little pre-screening questionnaire here first, if you could, to get started.

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