What to Expect from the Beta Review Process

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On June 6th, I shared that I had come to the end of the review process for my paranormal murder mystery, The Moreau WitchesAfter providing a copy of the first draft to thirteen readers, only five people finished the book. Some of the others did provide feedback as they made their way through the story, while the rest did not get back to me at all. A few didn’t even start it.

Even before this dismal end, the review process was quite an experience. What one reader praised, annoyed another. What one reader wanted removed, two more were ready to raise hell if it should ever be altered or deleted. I also noticed a big divide in how readers perceived and engaged with various aspects of the book based on their race, culture, and even geographical location.

If you are a new writer, or have just never…

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  1. Marushka says:

    I still have not had time to read, but I will. Loved this article. Reminded me of all my English classes, most in my Master’s. Sometimes outside eyes can notice when something doesn’t flow, such as “watched the clouds in the sky” – but how did character get outside? The more we exit the more likely we will delete a sentence we shouldn’t have. Hope all is well. Marie

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

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    1. This is so very true. It’s too easy to write a book, get lost in our own little world, and forget that we’re not just writing for ourselves. I hope you get to read it soon.

      CC @alexischateau

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  2. “I also noticed a big divide in how readers perceived and engaged with various aspects of the book based on their race, culture, and even geographical location.”

    Oooh, tell me more! This sounds like some potentially fascinating information; I’d absolutely love to hear about how cultural, racial, and other factors influence how people respond to the same book.

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    1. Hey @alexischateau this notification came to me but it’s for you. 🙂

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