Beta Reading

Finding beta readers and writing friends are critical parts of the writing process–you shouldn’t submit your manuscript to any editors or agents until beta readers have taken a look at it. Similarly, it’s crucial to be a good beta reader. To watch all of our videos on beta reading and finding writing friends, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific topic with regards to beta reading, use the list below or the search bar.

6 Places to Find Beta Readers/Critique Partners

Meghan talks about some places that you can find beta readers/critique partners/writing friends.

Accountability Buddies

Meghan talks about accountability buddies and how they can be useful as you reach for your writing goals. THE HERO IS YOU by Kendra Levin:


Tonight we’re talking about giving and receiving good feedback for your critique partners, alpha readers, and/or beta readers.

Being a Great Critique Partner!

In this Sunday Special Live chat, the WordNerds talk all about critiquing your writing friends’ work.

Being a Proper Beta Reader

Calyn Morgan talks about how to be a courteous beta reader.

Beta Readers

E. Latimer talks about when you should send your manuscript to beta readers.

Do You Need a Beta Reader?

E. Latimer talks about whether or not you really need someone to beta read your work.

Embrace Criticism!!

Desiraye Williams talks about the importance of criticism for your writing process. It’s okay! Don’t be scared!

Finding THE ONE (Critique Partner)

Meghan talks about a great opportunity to find your true love critique partner.


Meghan shares her writing process for revising a novel after she’s gotten feedback from her writing group, including lots of video footage, writerly anxiety, and a mini microsoft office tutorial for combining multiple Word docs into one document. Share your revisions-after-feedback process in the comments! (also apologies for any bumping sounds in the background of … Continue reading HOW I REVISE AFTER BETA READER FEEDBACK

HUGE List of Places to Meet Writers!

Places mentioned in the video: Twitter: Hashtags: amwriting, 1LineWed, PitchWars, PitchMadness, PitMad, nanowrimo Absolute Write: Maggie Stiefvater’s Writer Match-Up:!forum/critique-partner-matchup Natalie Parker’s Agented Author Hookup: Facebook Groups: Beta Readers & Critiques: The Write Life Group: The Indie Author Group: Write On! Online: Indie Writers Unite!: Fiction Writers … Continue reading HUGE List of Places to Meet Writers!

Is Your Writing Group Wrong About Your Story?

Meghan talks about when you should and shouldn’t listen to your beta readers’ criticism.

Making Writing Friends

Kellie Sheridan talks about making new writing friends on the internet.

On the Importance of Writer Friends

E. Latimer talks about the importance of having author friends because they’ll really get you. They know the struggle!

Put Your Writing Out There!

Emma Kate encourages you to get practice putting your work out there for others to read.

Running an Online Writing Group

Kellie, Erin, Meghan, and Kyra share what it’s like in their writing group, and the mechanics of running a writing group online.

Sharing Your Work Safely

Meghan shares some tips for if you’re nervous about people stealing your work.

Should I Sign Up for a Writer’s Conference?

E. Latimer is prepping to go to a writer’s conference, and thinks if you are able to go to one, you totally should.

Should You Join a Writer’s Group?

E. Latimer talks about whether joining a writing group might be a good choice for you.

The Beta Reading Process (for the Socially Awkward)

Helen Powers stops by to share some tips for beta reading when you find the whole process daunting and/or anxiety-inducing. Get Helen’s Book: Helen’s Channel:

Thoughts I Had Before Hitting Send

Meghan shares some thoughts she had before hitting send on a particularly grueling round of revisions, and then celebrates the success.

Writing Friends Solved My Problems

Meghan talks about writing friends who solved her book problems in like ten seconds.

Writing Groups

Erica Crouch talks about the inspiration that you can get from writing groups.