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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcturus View Post
    What are the options when the author doesn't want to listen the Beta reader? I once had a situation where the author was trying to write a YA novel, and the beta reader was my then ten year old niece. She hated every single character in this novel. She saw the problems immediately, the main character was a very hateful boy, she couldn't connect with him and it blew the rest of the story apart.

    She told him how she felt, and he still refused to make changes.

    Writers who don't listen to their betas never get any better, and they publish crap.
    Writers that are unwilling to learn and grow are dooming themselves to obscurity.
    When they get that first 1-star review, they will be crushed. Few recover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcturus View Post
    What are the options when the author doesn't want to listen the Beta reader? I once had a situation where the author was trying to write a YA novel, and the beta reader was my then ten year old niece. She hated every single character in this novel. She saw the problems immediately, the main character was a very hateful boy, she couldn't connect with him and it blew the rest of the story apart.

    She told him how she felt, and he still refused to make changes.
    Then he doesn't. Ultimately, the betas are just giving their opinion. It's up to the author to make changes or not. If they don't and they needed to be made, then the book fails. That's not the fault of the beta, that's the fault of the author.

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