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Rhonda Erb has assumed the mantle of Copy Chief!

Which I announced before I made sure her new email address was up and running. I know of at least two people whose welcome messages to Rhonda bounced back last week. The button below has been tested this time, I swear.
Send Rhonda a Welcome Message, Take Two!

The rest of this letter is about our beta reader service. 

It starts with my favorite dedication ever, from J.D. Salinger's Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour, An Introduction


“If there is an amateur reader still left in the world—or anybody who just reads and runs—I ask him or her, with untellable affection and gratitude, to split the dedication of this book four ways with my wife and children.”

If you've ever tried to get honest, objective feedback on your writing, you know it's easier said than done. Even if you're lucky enough to have writing partners willing to read your entire manuscript, the chances are slim that they're avid readers in your genre. And the more questions you have about your work in progress, the less likely you are to put your relationships on the line. 

We've been helping writers find qualified amateur readers for several years now (since May of 2015, to be exact). Our list of 287 wild beta readers consists entirely of volunteers who signed up of their own free will. They request only the manuscripts that sound intriguing to them -- and they only finish the questionnaires about half the time.

We think that silence speaks volumes, and we try to get them to tell us why they didn't finish the book. About half of the time, they tell us. (When they don't, we consider cutting them from the list. Nobody likes a ghost.) Knowing why someone put down the book -- after going out of their way to seek it out -- is invaluable information, and it's hard to get from people who care about you. 

Our civilized betas are a cut above the feral crew. Civilized betas are not only in your target audience, but they're also professional readers who provide honest, useful, informed, constructive criticism. They're anonymous to our authors, too; it's better that way.

Anyway, we crunched the numbers from our last six wild beta campaigns and blogged about it the other day. Take a look at the first one, which is out with readers right now, then follow the link to read the rest of the post: 

A Goddess Among Men (fiction)

  • 286 recipients
  • 41.5% of recipients opened the email
  • 19 recipients requested the novel 
  • Questionnaires are due May 23

If you're interested in testing your market without waiting for agents or Amazon reviews, you can read more about beta readers here

Other news:
  • Our online store is fully operational! Now it's simpler and faster to book beta readers, Book Description Toolkits, Script & Screenplay Critique, and more. 
  • It's spring in St. Louis and I just reread White Oleander, so I'm crazy about violets right now . . . here, have some violets.
Don't they make you want more? Here, have some more -- 
That should do it. Happy writing, friends. I hope all's well with you. 

- Meghan Pinson[UNIQID]

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