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Beta editor

Postby LilliesCarol » Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:34 pm

I hear people speak of a free beta reader for editing. What is it? Is that the same as my spelling and grammar setting? Computereeze is not my bowl of cherries, I just ate those. :P
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Re: Beta editor

Postby updog » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:54 pm

A beta reader is a person who reads your manuscript and gives you feedback.
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Re: Beta editor

Postby mammamaia » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:59 am

it's important to keep in mind that beta readers are not editors... most are not even seasoned or professional writers themselves, so while they are to be commended for being willing to give new writers feedback on what they've written, their opinions should not be taken as gospel and suggestions for changes may not be valid...
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Postby Crono91 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:19 pm

I find beta readers who don't write are very useful for pointing out parts that don't "make sense" to them.

Beta readers who write (not talking about professional editors) spend most of their energy focusing on grammar, style, and mechanics that they often overlook that.

So while it is just one opinion (although, finding multiple opinions should be sought, regardless), and it's not gospel, I've found very useful opinions from them.

Also, being told just what is wrong, rather than how to fix it, can sometimes lead to some fun ways to think outside of the box and create a creative solution.
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Re: Beta editor

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Re: Beta editor

Postby Crono91 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:36 pm

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Re: Beta editor

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Re: Beta editor

Postby cosivantutte » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:52 pm

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Oh, oh! I'm going to write a postcard to my parents and tell them I've finally been the cause of italics!

Now, if only my more impressive sibling hadn't already been underlined.

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Was your sibling bolded too? If so, then you really have a reason to be jealous. :lol:

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Re: Beta editor

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