Beta readers and professional editors are necessary to the book writing process, explains author AE Wasserman. Beta readers bring a fresh perspective to your work, and an editor brings experience and knowledge of the industry. The first time Wasserman worked with an editor, he told her one of her characters was “cardboard,” and not very interesting. She took this input into consideration and rewrote the character, ending up with someone who her readers love and who is the protagonist of his own spin-off novel. Wasserman reminds authors that editors don’t just catch typos – they are also looking at the storylines, plot holes, and underdeveloped ideas. While writing is a solitary endeavor, Wasserman says that at some point, every author needs to bring in beta readers and editors to make your book the best it can be.
Thank you! I just found out about beta-readers. I am actually now looking for beta-readers for my Christian historical fiction book for teens, set in World War II. Message me if you would like to join my author circle to read it, please. —Kayla Wong, 2020
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