I have a secret manuscript I may or may not be close to finishing the first round of revisions on this summer and I have a couple of questions for those of you who have published (specifically traditional publishing) successfully about Beta Readers and revisions.
- How soon did you start seeking out beta readers?
I’m about halfway done revising my story and I know I’m going to need beta readers when it’s done, but I don’t want to push it too quickly for fear of them dropping out before I’m done. However, waiting until I’m totally done seems too late. Ideas?
- How many beta readers is a good number to get a decent amount of feedback and thoughts from various audiences?
Since I’m gonna be looking, how many should I look for? Are there ways to vet and make sure I get betas who can really help me and not just bash my book or send only praise? (I know not to ask relatives or close friends since they’ll overlook the flaws)
- After the betas finish, how many times do you repeat the revise/beta read, revise/beta read process? How many rounds does it take before the story is polished enough to go to an editor or be ready for querying?
Since I’ve never reached this stage before, I don’t know how many rounds this takes and I don’t want to accidentally miss anything and try querying with too rough of a manuscript. Ideas?
Thank you for all the help!