If you need readers
And if you can find them
Maybe, just maybe you can hire . . . The B-Team
I have what I consider an excellent beta team of readers. Some of them are writers themselves, though not in my particular genre. Some of them are aficionados. All are equally important. The writers, I enjoy, because they read with a writer’s eye, so they want to actually make my writing better, clearer, cleaner.
Of course, there’s the old joke about how many writers it takes to change a light bulb: Six. One to change it and the other five to say they could have written a character with better motivation, deeper insight and wittier dialogue!
The genre fans, though, are my favorite. As I told one friend, “You're the kind of reader I want to write for, so I was a) thrilled you were willing to read b) thrilled you were reading and c) thrilled you enjoyed it.”
I figure if the writers and the fans agree that the story is compelling and fun, then I might be doing something right with my writing.