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Important Note:

To use this beta reader request forum, you have to have 50 posts or more. Any requests below this count will not be approved. Please get to know WF and the members here, and the best way to do that is by engaging members and critiquing on their work around WF.

Beta Reader Basics:

Authors present their books prior to them being submitted for publication. Beta Readers assist writers by giving feedback about any issues in the work relating to the plot, structure, characters and pacing of the work.

Requesting a Beta Reader:

Only request a Beta Reader if your work is finished and has been edited for basic grammatical and literal errors. Request to read partial works, (short) stories, or incomplete texts to ‘see how it is going’ will be rejected. If you require feedback on stories, please use the appropriate Workshops.

- All posts in the Beta Readers forum are moderated so will not appear immediately.
- WF Members may have only one ‘live’ Beta Reader request thread at any one time.
- When you have found a maximum of three beta readers, please say so in-thread.
- When everything that was needed has been done, also say so in-thread. That way we can close your thread, and readers can move on to the next request.
- If a beta reader replies to your post, reply in-thread. Please don't waste their time by not replying at all.

You will need to supply ALL of the following information when requesting a Beta Reader. Failure to do so will result in your request not being posted.

Required Information:

  • TITLE (The title of your book);
  • GENRE (Please include the main Genre and Sub-Genre of the work; do not list multiple genres. If the work is a crossover, explain this in the OTHER INFORMATION section);
  • WORD COUNT (Round this up to the closest 1K);
  • BLURB (Around 300 words, this should be similar to a back cover text. Do not include a synopsis or spoilers as this can impact on the reader experience);
  • SENSITIVE CONTENT: (rape, paedophilia, gore, abuse, racism);
  • AUDIENCE DESCRIPTION (A brief typical target reader description: include a minimum age rating (18+ etc) so you are explicit on who shouldn't be offering to beta read your work);
  • EXPECTATIONS (Explain the type of feedback you required and the mechanism that will be used to gather it, such as use of on-line forms, questionnaires with MSS, etc.);
  • TIMESCALE (The turnaround time in which you would expect responses. Be realistic with this, but also ensure that you don’t end up with Readers that cannot meet your needs);
  • AVAILABLE FORMATS (Outline the choices of how Beta Readers can receive the MSS, such as e-book, PDF, word file, hard copy, etc.. Remember that some Beta Readers will be wary of receiving certain types of attachments. Also, hard copy MSSs will need to be posted and should include an SAE with sufficient postage to receive replies. Works for Beta Reading cannot be shared via the WF forum)
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