I am fortunate in that I have excellent friends who are willing to do this for me, and their suggestions are both kind and spot on.
This first reading by an unbiased eye is meant to give the author a general view of the overall strengths and weaknesses of their story. This phase of the process should be done before you submit the manuscript to an editor.
In my work, the suggestions offered by the beta reader (first reader) guide and speed the process of revisions, so that my editor can focus on doing her job without being distracted by significant issues that should have been caught early on.
If you agree to read a raw manuscript for another…
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