Robert V.S. Redick's journal for readers of The Red Wolf Conspiracy & sequels
Friday, August 3, 2012
Beta readers, our behind-the-scenes angels of mercy.
Shawn Speakman is a busy man. Not only is he a webmaster to a number of fantasy and SF writers, and an energetic cancer survivor, and a fantasy author in his own right, and the recent founder of Dark Thorn Press (more on that soon) but he also writes regular features for the spec fic website Suvudu.com.
His recent post is a survey of fantasy writers on the value of beta readers--those amazing, generous, often anonymous people who read and critique your work before it's ready for the wider world. Here's what a number of us had to say on the subject.