Where oh where can the beta readers be?

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Now that I’ve finally finished a round of editing on novel number one. I need to get my hands on a person willing to be a beta reader.  I’ve had a couple of friends read it over for me, but we all know that friends tend to be nice and not 100% honest with their opinions in such matters.

I have tried to find a good crit group or someone I could swap beta reading duties with, but all prospects seem to fizzle out. I understand people are busy and most don’t read as quickly as I do, but everyone seems to disappear on me. Is it my writing? Is it so bad that they figure it’s easier to ignore me than to tell me the truth? I just don’t know.

Finding a good beta reader or crit partner for that matter, is proving to be just as hard as finding a decent man. Someone who’s honest and dedicated. Someone who enjoys some of the same things  I do and who has a passion for those things. Someone who will give me the time and attention needed for it to be a good partnership.  I’m more than willing to reciprocate!

*Sigh*

Who would have thought the two things would have so much in common?  Can anyone point me in the right direction to find what I need? If not the beta reader/crit partner, than perhaps a good man? I’d be eternally grateful either way!

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2 responses »

  1. i understand your sentiments exactly. i have only one real person i trust with my manuscripts at this point and while i love that, sometimes i think it's better to get a few other eyes on things. why is it so hard? i have no idea.

    if you ever wanna chat about these kinds things, email me or such, i'm down for possible beta-ing if our stars align!

  2. Will do! Thanks 🙂 I see you're doing Nano as well, which as you know eats up allllllll free time! When the nanoveling is over with, I will definitely revisit this and drop you a line. Best of luck this month!

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