on Helping Writers become Authors:
Among the greatest gifts one writer can give another is that being a beta reader.
A beta reader is a volunteer who reads over a rough manuscript and offers feedback on what’s working and what’s not.
This feedback can span the gamut from simply a general reaction to a full-on critique.
But not all beta readers are created equal.
Just as you can learn to be a better writer, you can also learn to be a better beta reader.