Wikipedia defines a Beta Reader as: “a person who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story prior to its release to the general public."

In essence, a Beta Reader’s duty is to provide writers with critical feedback to improve their stories.

This post by the Canadian Uber Addicts offers a detailed “job description” of a Beta Reader which we have summarized below:

A Beta Reader, first and foremost, is there to make sure the story gets better by using a ruthless, critical eye.

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This article was written by guest contributor Joanna Penn of

It’s easy to publish your ebook now but many authors haven’t made the jump because they don’t read ebooks themselves or perhaps just don’t understand the opportunity. I’m an evangelist for ebooks as they have changed my life as a writer and as a reader and I’m passionate about helping others join in. Here are 7 ways digital publishing can change your life as an independent author if you’re ready to ride the wave.

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