BETAS RULE!!!

If you are already one of my beta readers and you’re looking for the questions to give me some valuable feedback, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

If you would like to become a beta reader for the fantabulous Willem Killian, then read on…

WHAT IS A BETA READER AND WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM?

A beta reader is a {non-professional} reader who receives a pre-edited copy of my work. Ideally, this person will be someone who reads a lot of books in my genre {urban fantasy &/or dark fantasy &/or contemporary fantasy &/or horror}.

Beta readers are expected to read {and enjoy!} my work, & then provide helpful insight on how to improve important elements of my story: the characters, setting, and plot {point out plot holes and continuity issues}. Betas can also provide suggestions for spelling, grammar, and fact-checking.

In short – betas are my go-to people for testing out a book.


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THE BETA FEEDBACK QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. Did the story hold your interest from the very beginning? If not, why not?
  2. 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?
  3. Could you relate to the main character? Did you feel her/his pain or excitement?
  4. Did the setting interest you and did the descriptions seem vivid and real to you? (I know I might have skimped here – my writing style is fast-paced…)
  5. Was there a point at which you felt the story lagged or you became less than excited about finding out what was going to happen next? Where, exactly?
  6. Were there any parts that confused you? Or even frustrated or annoyed you? Which parts, and why?
  7. Did you notice any discrepancies or inconsistencies in time sequences, places, character details, or other details?
  8. Were the characters believable? Are there any characters you think could be made more interesting or more likable?
  9. Did you get confused about who’s who in the characters? Were there too many characters to keep track of? Too few? Are any of the names of characters too similar?
  10. Did the dialogue keep your interest and sound natural to you? If not, whose dialogue did you think sounded artificial or not like that person would speak?
  11. Did you feel there was too much description or exposition? Not enough? Maybe too much dialogue in parts? Or not enough?
  12. Was there enough conflict, tension, and intrigue to keep your interest?
  13. Was the ending satisfying? Believable?
  14. Did you notice any obvious, repeating grammatical, spelling, punctuation or capitalization errors? Examples?
  15. Do you think the writing style suits the genre? If not, why not?