This is a terrific post by Tiffany Reisz on Janice Hardy’s blog at The Other Side of the Story .
She submits her manuscript to five beta readers, each serving a different purpose that gets her closer to a final product with each review. The first reader does a macro level review and points out things like plot issues and “little darlings” that must die. She ends with a reader who focuses on the little things like grammar and punctuation.
I think it’s a great idea to put your manuscript through this type of beta reader “funnel” which prevents issues with your writing from making it through to the final manuscript. Now I just need to find beta readers with each level of expertise.
- Beta Readers are a Writers Best Friend (onehandedwriters.com)