Your book is ready for beta readers. And, whether it’s your first book or not, this is a big deal!
You’re wondering, though, where to find these beta readers, how many you need, and what questions you should ask them to get the most benefit from their time and attention.
We’ve been there, and you have our warmest congratulations and shared excitement!
With that, welcome to our list of helpful questions for beta readers.
- What is a beta reader?
- How to Find Beta Readers
- 13 Key Questions To Ask Beta Readers
- 1. Does the beginning grab your attention?
- 2. Was the genre of the book clear to you as you read the book?
- 3. Did you find any part of the book confusing?
- 4. Did any part of the book feel repetitive or laggy for you?
- 5. Did you find yourself skipping over content or skimming to hurry up?
- 6. Did you find the characters believable and relatable (especially the protagonist)?
- 7. Which characters did you connect to, and which, if any, did you dislike?
- 8. Did you think anything was missing?
- 9. What do you like best about the book?
- 10. Did the writing help or hinder your engagement with the story?
- 11. Did you notice any inconsistencies, factual errors, or other glaring mistakes?
- 12. Did the dialogue sound natural and hold your interest?
- 13. Was the end of the book satisfying for you?
What is a beta reader?
For a working beta reader definition, we look at exactly what the beta reader agrees to do for the author, which is to offer constructive feedback on their book.
This feedback often comes in three forms: