Saturday, February 18, 2012


Or, Ten Reasons Why You Need A Beta Reader

1) Because the hero's name changes from Heck to Onion in chapter 8. Oopsie!

2) Because you typed chapter 4 while your 8 month old niece was "helping" you and now it's not particularly readable. Oopsie!

3) Because if your heroine went to high school in the 80's like you did, she would not be in her early 30's in the story set in 2012. Or a virgin. Oopsie!

4) Because nobody but you (who went to high school in the 80's) will get the "Shazbat!" reference. Oopsie!

5) Because if the story is set in Seattle, since you thought that might be groovy, your plot shouldn't feature endless, sunny, warm days. Unless there's been a paradise apocalypse. Oopsie!

6) "It was a dark and stormy knight. Suddenly a shit rang out." Oopsie!

7) Because Jedi are copyrighted. Oopsie!

8) Because your highly scientific explanation of vampirism that you waited to include in chapter 2, instead of infodumping it in chapter 1, is still a boring infodump. Oopsie!

9) Because fairies and faeries are the same thing, and the erratic spelling doesn't add to the story or enhance the worldbuilding. Oopsie!

10) Because the hero does not have 3 hands...does he? Oopsie!

So, what are YOUR most convincing reasons to have a beta reader?


Jody W. *


  1. Because using the same phrase three times in three pages is annoying and sad.

    Thank goodness for beta readers! : )

  2. Seattle does have glorious, endless, sunny days ... In August, some years. So it's possible! And we all need someone who hasn't seen the same page five hundred million times to look at it and realize that someone who has handcuffs on cannot shuck a sweater. Just can't! Something I only realized on the last pass before going to press for my latest!

  3. Handcuffs and a sweater and repeated phrases are EXCELLENT reasons for beta readers! And probably raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, because a beta reader wouldn't let you include that much saccharine crap.

  4. LOL! I laughed all the way through this post! :)

  5. Ha! You've convinced me. Great post.

  6. Yep, I read a book where the hero got into a boat 3 times without ever getting out of it and a descriptive scene was used twice in one scene (can you say copy and paste?) And that book was traditionally pubbed and therefore 'professionally edited'.