Editing with Alpha Readers

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  1. Juanita says:

    I liked this post a lot…It makes a lot of sense. I think it’s super related to the post you wrote about how to receive feedback. If someone is not ready to hear all types of feedback from their alpha readers then it’s a waste of everyone’s time. I love how great you are at receiving feedback–you definitely practice what you preach!!!

  2. franklparker says:

    That makes a lot of sense! Thanks for the follow.

  3. painterwrite says:

    Yours are very similar to my group of Alpha readers and they do an amazing job – some are better at content while others are better at proofreading. I simply can’t afford to hand over hundreds to a “real” editor but I do make use of my readers as well as tucking manuscripts aside for a month or so before giving the final proofread (which helps immensely). An interesting sideline on the topic is that I’d been listening to a podcast by a well known self-publisher who continually insists that books need a professional edit, that no one can edit their own books, and practically brags about how much she pays her editors. Curious about her writing I picked up her first book and found error after error. I could understand a couple, but not a couple on one page! If that’s what you get with professional editing, I’ll stick to my own system.

    • It does sound like we do things in a very similar way! I can’t afford the cost of an editor either. Often they are about 2 cents a word. That adds up! I find the eyes of many different people help out a lot. One of the really helpful editors (I didn’t mention this) is actually MS Word. I write in either yWriter or Scrivener and then copy it over to MS Word and run their spell/grammar check. It’s amazing what that will catch.
      The other thing I didn’t mention is that a lot of people really seem to enjoy the chance to read through a rough manuscript and give feedback. Not only does it help you refine your book, but it builds relationships too!

  4. colonialist says:

    You can’t Beta good batch of Alpha readers!

  5. Eric says:

    You’ve motivated me. Since I usually write short fiction and don’t deal with longer work, I don’t really do the beta and alpha reading stages for my own stuff. But, I could totally alpha and beta for others. One of my goals next year is to participate and exchange with other writers more.

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