First, thank you! I need readers to help fix problems, identify holes, and otherwise improve my writing. As a new author, beta readers are my first line of defense against becoming a hack.
You are under no obligation and can quit at any time. Your information will be kept private, although (with your permission) I will list your name with the other people who help with the book. I plan to give Amazon gift cards to beta readers who make it to the end, but I will give more details about that later.
How does this work?
When the manuscript is ready, I will start sending it out to you, one chapter at a time. My goal is to send a chapter a week, but that is flexible. Once you receive the chapter, you have time to read it and then fill out a small questionnaire. The questions will depend on the chapter, but will generally ask about obvious problems, things you liked or found off-putting, characters that seemed weak, situations that might be too convenient, et cetera. You will also have an opportunity to offer other observations.
At the end of the process, once you receive the final chapter, there will be an additional questionnaire about the overall novel. Once I have this feedback, I can work on a new draft that will incorporate changes based on beta reader's input. A new round of beta reading may begin at this point, or (if the changes not substantial enough to warrant a second round), the book will be sent to the copy editor for review.
Register as a beta reader
Only your name and email are required, but if you fill out the rest of the form it will be very useful to me for figuring out my target audience.