I am now officially a beta reader. Go ahead, you can applaud.
No, there is no beta reader club. I don't get a t-shirt or a badge or anything cool like that. What I do get is the opportunity to read a manuscript before anyone else does. I really am quite special aren't I?
I received the manuscript late in the evening and while I was ready for bed I wanted to immediately sit down and start in on it. Suddenly I was nervous and lamenting to Captain Kid that maybe I had bitten off more than I could chew. What if I really sucked at this? What if I didn't like it? What if I had nothing of any great significance to contribute. Suddenly I had body parts sweating that I didn't know could sweat.
So whenever I have a question I do what I normally do. I threw my question out to the twitterverse and waited with bated breath for the advice to roll in. As usual my tweeps came through with some great recommendations.
I feel so honored to have been given this opportunity to make notes regarding this work that my friend has poured her heart and soul into. From what I can tell my job as a beta reader is to point out any inconsistencies in plot, characterization, believability and plot holes. But I am also going to point out the parts that make me smile. Where I laugh out loud, parts that make me cry and areas of the book that speak to me profoundly.
I promise to keep you guys updated on my progress and on how this works out. Keep your fingers crossed. But before you cross them share with me your experience, if any, you may or may not have had with a beta reader.