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The Art of Taking Feedback on Your Writing

I often encourage my clients and other writers to get feedback from alpha readers, beta readers, and/or critique partners or groups to improve their writing. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect science, and even editors can disagree on whether this feedback is useful or not. Like reading “news” on the…

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What Is a Beta Reader? (Updated November 2017)

“What is a beta reader?” As a writer and editor, I am a member of many writing groups, both online and off, and I hear this question with surprising frequency. For simplicity, you can head over to Wikipedia and get this definition: “[A] beta reader…is a non-professional reader who reads…

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