It’s daunting to ask someone you don’t know to read your work. You feel exposed and maybe a feel a sense of worry. Sometimes leaving the reading open to any kind of criticism available can be too much on the reader and on you.
I find that expectation is a good way to approach getting feedback from a beta reader. By this I mean, ask yourself: what do I want to get out of this experience?
Before you send out your questions, make sure your beta reader knows if you have a timeline/date when you’d like to receive your feedback.
Here are 6 questions to ask your beta reader to keep in mind while reading your book:
- Are there any areas of the reading where you feel confused?
- Does the tone of the story seem applicable to the genre I write?
- Were there any moments where you were “wowed”? If so, where?
- Does the storyline keep you interested?
- Do you feel like there are moments when I use too much dialogue? Too much description?
- Was the ending satisfying?
When you guide readers through the process, it can be less stressful for both parties.
Feel free to adjust the questions as they pertain to your story and base them on the type of feedback you are hoping to receive.