Black Writers Beta Readers and Reviewers
- 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?
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.
Advanced Copy Readers
How to Join
Want to join our free BWC Beta Readers program?
Review the program guidelines and make sure you’re clear on how things work. If you’re not a member of BWC, join at either the Affiliate, Core, or Advanced level to access.