I have ‘completed’ my next poetry collection!! (Happy dance!!) Something I didn’t do with my first collection was consult with beta readers! I was quite embarrassed when weeks or months after my launch I was still finding some glaring grammar/ spelling errors.
Beta readers are such an important and useful tool for authors, especially self publishing authors who don’t have editors or a company press looking after their work. Authors are so deep into their writing that they can miss some key concerns. We need fresh eyes and a new perspective to help us see the light.
Some key things to know about my collection before becoming a beta readers:
- There are about 100 poems.
- Key themes: Jealousy, insecurity, depression, death, and strength. I understand these are sensitive topics that could be triggering for some so use your best judgment.
- I’m hoping to have all the feedback I need by the end of February.
- Don’t worry if you don’t have an previous experience, neither do I!
If you are interested please email me and I’ll send over the pdf along with some questions where I’m looking to gain some insight, Thank you!