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Beta readers and critic partners

edited May 10 in Writing
Hi everyone, I have a quick question:
Where do you find your beta readers and critic partners?
I've tried a group on Facebook, but I wonder if that's the right way to go.
any comment, map and other directions most welcome 😊


  • It depends what you're looking for. Some readers will like your work others won't – but that doesn't help you if you're looking for objective feedback. When searching for critics, you need to be sure that they are at least as good as you and, ideally, better. Even then, they need to be able to explain not only what you're doing wrong but how to fix it. Ultimately, you need to know if your writing is working – not whether someone likes it. Message me if you like. I do professional critiques.
  • I did an MA and then that group of critics became my group of critics - already trained in upbeat and helpful and constructive feedback. As Gerald says, a general group - there's no point. You need people who are as good and better and who you can trust. Ideally writing for the same age-group and in the same genre as you. I don't think that a critic should tell you how to 'fix it'. I think they should tell you what is wrong. Fixing it is your job. 
  • It seems we're on the same page, Liz, but sometimes it's necessary to explain how to fix a broken scene or structure. Not all writers have all the tools to fix their own work, even if the faults are clearly pointed out. 
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