Alpha & Beta Reader Expectations:

Taking a look at the expectations of an Alpha or Beta reader will help you decide if you want to take on the task. Your time is valuable, and I aim to make the process as seamless as possible.

Alpha reading is more heavy-handed than Beta reading, with feedback in the Google Doc a requirement. Beta reading is more seamless but just as important.
When Alpha reading, you get your own Google Doc to make notations in. You share a Google Doc with the Beta reader team when Beta reading, but also receive an ebook copy sent via Bookfunnel for your conveneience.
I prefer to make my edits/changes in Pages on my Apple devices, so you won’t see any of my reactions to your comments in the Google Doc.

You will be directed to an exit survey after each reader experience.

Encouraged feedback in Google Doc:

  • confusing sentences or plot events
  • where your attention wavers
  • anything that takes you out of the story (confusing wording, voice/characterization seems off, too repetitive, no conflict/tension, etc.)
  • pacing issues (too slow, feels too “one note,” not enough of an arc, scene goes on too long, etc.)
  • emotional feedback (stream-of-consciousness emotional reactions)

Sample of questions you will be asked at the end of reading in a Google Form:

  • were the characters likable or sympathetic, etc.
  • are the relationships between the characters believable and not contrived?
  • are the internal and external conflicts well defined for each main character?
  • do the characters feel real and three-dimensional, with distinct voices, flaws?
  • are there enough stakes and/or tension throughout to make it a “page turner”?
  • did the story hold your interest from the very beginning? If not, why not?
  • did you get oriented fairly quickly at the beginning as to whose story it is, and where and when it’s taking place? If not, why not?
  • did you notice any discrepancies or inconsistencies in time sequences, places, character details, or other details?