Post Reply How do you find a beta reader these days?
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Posted 9/12/15 , edited 9/12/15
Obviously, I'm looking for a beta reader, but it's been so many years since I've written any fan fiction that I've lost contact with mine.

I'm not sure how people find beta readers now, so I was wondering if there are any resources? I write at Fanfiction.net, and I see that they do have a beta reader feature but I don't know how many of the people on there are even active right now. I also wanted to find someone familiar with the source material and I can't narrow my search based on that. They have forums there, but they seem to be mainly for RP groups.

If you have a beta reader, how did you find/meet them? How long have you been working with them? What criteria did you use to select them?

I'm considering uploading the first chapter of the story that I'm working on to fanfiction.net in the hopes of fishing one out. Would this be a bad strategy?
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In the forums at fanfiction.net you'll find threads and areas specifically for betareaders. You can specifically ask in those threads for any betareaders familiar with your fandom of choice. Here are the specific links for both forums and communities on fanfic to locate your beta .

https://www.fanfiction.net/search.php?keywords=beta&ready=1&type=forum
https://www.fanfiction.net/search.php?keywords=beta&ready=1&type=forum

There's nothing wrong with just posting your story but you'll get better reviews/responses if you have a betareader.
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Posted 9/12/15

neugenx wrote:

There's nothing wrong with just posting your story but you'll get better reviews/responses if you have a betareader.


Thanks for the links!

I would really rather have someone betaread the first chapter before I release it, because it's hard to proofread things when you've been constantly rereading them for consistency and story flow during the writing process. Although I'm not that bad in terms of spelling or grammar errors, it's the little things that slip through that really bother me because I won't see them until I've already uploaded the chapter. *face palm*

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Yvw .What you mention is exactly what happens to me lol . I've relied on reviewers to tell me the mistakes (which isn't a bad thing, they're good people and better writers than me in most cases). I honestly need one myself desperately but I get too excited and post my story after I think it's complete after like 6-10 drafts only to find I have a lot of corrections to make.
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