Black Writers Beta Readers and Reviewers
Are you a beta reader or want to become one? Do you write amazing reviews on books you read? Are you skilled at story analysis and critiques? Do you want to help authors to become better storytellers?
- Share your input and feedback on authors’ manuscripts as a Beta Reader.
- Become a sought-after Advanced Copy Reader and write reviews that will help drive sales, increase authors’ fan bases, and boost their careers.
- Be among the first to hear about new releases in your favorite genres.
What is it?
BWC’s Beta Readers and Reviewers program was created to match interested beta readers with writers of works by and for us. Membershp is free.
Beta readers are those who read your book AS READERS—not as fellow writers or editors or people who love you and can’t bring themselves to say anything negative about your work—but as engaged readers who can give honest feedback on what did and did not work for them in your book. They comment on things like detail inconsistencies, where their attention wavers, what they think of the characters, and confusing sentences, subplots and twists. They address weak spots in your manuscript before you share it with the world.
Don't editors do that?
Yes, but an editor’s perspective is only one point of view. You want multiple beta readers to give you a more well-rounded advantage. Also, good beta readers can save you the expense of hiring a developmental editor. Additionally, it is important to note beta readers are not trained editors.
Can't I just ask my family and closest friends?
Family, significant others, and besties can sometimes be the worst beta readers. They know you, and they love you, so they tend to be inclined to love whatever you write—no matter how good or otherwise it may be. The glowing praise they might give you will not be useful. You need positive, insightful, constructive feedback—nothing less.