When Do You Beta?
I turned in the third shadow reader novel yesterday. Hurray! The book still needs a lot of work, especially the last six chapters which didn’t exactly turn out the way I envisioned them, but the first full draft is finished. *collapses*
I’m already thinking about the revisions which will need to be done. I’m not sure when I’ll start on them. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to write and revise a book. If I start working on revisions now, I might be undoing something my editor likes, or overdoing something she liked before, if that makes sense. But then, it would be nice to get a jump on revisions so I’m not cramming as much when I get her notes in.
Also, at some point, I’m going to want beta readers to read the book. The big question is when do I want beta readers to read?
I really want/need feedback on this story. It needs to rock, and I’m too close to the story to make it awesome completely on my own. My husband has read the book and left me notes that I need to address and/or clarify (very helpful notes, btw!), but I’d also like fans of the genre to read it. The problem is, I don’t want readers to read a crappy book, so do I take the time to revise now and have them read later? Or do I let them read now, and revise later with their comments and my editor’s comments? Should I have two sets of beta readers? Some who read the first draft crappy version, and some who read the final-ish draft pretty version?
I’d love to hear what you guys think! If you’re a writer, when do you have betas read your work?
If you are a reader, when do you prefer to beta read an author’s work?