Beta readers (or critique partners) are invaluable, and not only for their “editing skills” but also for something that I’m fortunate to have gained with my betas . . . friendship. We email, text, and talk on the phone. Sometimes, it's about writing. Other times, it's about family and life outside the writing world.
But as for the "beta-ing" part of beta readers....here’s my list I’ve what I try to help with when I betaand what my betas help with when reading my manuscripts:
The beauty of having more than one beta to read your work is that what one may not see, another may catch, and vice-versa. In essence, betas are a set of fresh eyes and ideas.
Also, beta reading is a perfect opportunity to give encouragement, advice, support, and to cheer each other on when we may feel like throwing our WIP in the pond. :D
I have three wonderful betas.
Two have been with me through this craziness for a couple years,
and one I recently started swapping material with.
I wouldn't trade these amazing people for the world.
I heart my beta readers and am honored to call them friends. :D