The Writer’s Guide to Beta Readers: How to Deal With Beta Reader Feedback

The key to beta reader feedback is seeing what the commonalities among your beta remarks are. You had much better pay attention if more than one beta reader remarks on something.

For todays practice, totally free blog about how you handle criticism. Write for fifteen minutes. I assure this is a great exercise to help you discover to take feedback better!
Feel totally free to post your totally free writing in the comments when youre!

Read each and every piece of feedback and commentary and consider prior to you choose if its something you should take seriously or if its something you can securely ignore.
Next Steps
Hopefully, your manuscript remained in pretty good shape and you dont have much to alter. If thats the case, you can move on and send your MS to a proofreader.
Some people do another round of beta readers after they tweak their manuscript simply to ensure they didnt mess something up. I do not, however if you do, make certain you use a new batch of beta readers, not just to prevent asking the very same individuals for favors, but to make certain you get fresh eyes on the story.
Do Not Forget to Say Thanks!
I informed you in the previous post that your beta readers are doing you a favor and you ought to constantly, constantly remember that. Never treat them disrespectfully, and make sure you thank them for all the hard work theyve done. I thanked my own profusely in a personal e-mail (no mass emailing!) and will be sending my readers a complimentary e-copy of my completed book.
Be sure to examine them out if you missed the previous posts in this series! In this post, I provide an overview of beta readers and the procedure, and in this one, I tell you how to find them.
Is it difficult for you to accept feedback from beta readers? Let me know in the remarks.

If you dont understand what a beta reader is, jump back to the first post in this series to learn. The previous post likewise offered the responses to burning questions about whether you pay beta readers, the kind of beta readers you desire to find, and more.
The 2nd post talked about how to deal with beta readers, consisting of how to prepare your manuscript, how to ask someone to beta read, and how to keep your beta readers concentrated on the big issues.
Now lets move on to the huge task: carrying out beta reader feedback!
Tips for Dealing with Beta Reader Feedback
Youve invested a couple of agonizing weeks waiting on the feedback to roll in from your beta readers. Youve most likely worked your way into a stress and anxiety attack with all the waiting.
Wait. Seriously.
Its going to be appealing to begin looking at your feedback as soon as one of your beta readers lets you understand theyre completed. Do not do it!
Its a bad concept to look at the feedback from one reader at a time. And getting the full photo was what you sent your manuscript to beta readers for to start with.
So wait till the due date (you did provide your beta readers a deadline, right?) passes prior to you look at anything.
Integrate Documents
Back to the idea of the full photo, youre going to want to combine all the documents from each and every single one of your beta readers into one master document. You can do this easily with MS Word, or there are software application out there (like BetaBooks) to assist you out.
However now youve got a substantial file with possibly hundreds of remarks. That excitement you felt at seeing how much your beta readers loved your book is waning and turning quickly to fear. Its time to go nuts!
Take a Deep Breath
All those comments look daunting, so proceed and get your freakout over with. I dont know if this is a required step in the procedure for every author, however it is for me. I cant feel but assist like every comment is bad and it makes me want to trash the book.
The truth is any point in the revision procedure is a point where a writer desires to quit. Dont. Specifically not now. Youve come too far for that.
Take a deep breath and remember youre attempting to make your book as great as it can possibly be.
You Dont Have to Accept Every Piece of Feedback
The reality that you can disregard some pieces of feedback must set your mind at ease.
Im not saying you can simply scoff and think your betas “do not get it” and throw all their feedback out the window.
Im stating several of those numerous remarks are probably things like, “Oh I enjoy this description!” or “Wow thats freaky!” While beta readers are just trying to help (and I enjoy reading those types of comments), you can just go through and delete those. Theyre not actually handy at this point, besides for an ego boost.
There are a couple of other things you might overlook. If someone remarks that they are confused and may have missed something, yet no one else says they are confused at that point, probably that person in fact missed something while reading. Double-check to make certain you didnt forget something vital, and then erase.
You Do Have to Listen
The character that no one likes? You might want to have another appearance at that individual (unless no one is supposed to like them!).

In this final post in our Authors Guide to Beta Readers, well discuss how to handle all the terrific feedback you have actually received from your beta readers!

Sarah Gribble

Sarah Gribble is the very popular author of lots of short stories that explore unpleasant circumstances, basic fears, and the basic wonder and fascination of the unknown. Shes currently formulating more methods to freak you out and working on a novel.
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Youve spent a few painful weeks waiting on the feedback to roll in from your beta readers. Its a bad idea to look at the feedback from one reader at a time. And getting the complete image was what you sent your manuscript to beta readers for to begin with.
That excitement you felt at seeing how much your beta readers liked your book is subsiding and turning quickly to fear. While beta readers are just trying to assist (and I love checking out those types of remarks), you can simply go through and delete those.

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