Betabooks.co Launch Party
One week of prompts to celebrate connections between authors, their betareaders, and critique partners
Writers and readers welcome!
Writers, join in Sept 4-10 to hang out with your readers or find new ones. Both writers and readers can answer the daily prompt to win a year of free Betabooks membership for themselves or to #payitforward to an author friend.
More prizes will be announced as we play!
Here are the prompts for each day:
Step 1: Tweet the daily prompt using the #betamatch and tag a CP (critique partner) or BR (betareader).
If you’re an author who’s looking to swap manuscripts (MSs), tag an author friend on Twitter who you’d love to work with. The worst they can say is “No.”
Or, if you have betareaders you’ve used before, feel free to tag one to invite them to read your newest work or just to play.
Step 2: Participate daily for additional chances to win. Meet new writers and readers!
Hang out and read the thread as you post each day. You can’t find your people till you say hello!
**Soapbox and Stray Jess moment**
“Where can I get betareaders?”
I hear this All. The. Time.
Please read carefully now, because this is SUPER important . . .
Writers, critique partners and beta readers aren’t going to fall out of the sky and land in your manuscript with a red pen. At least, not in this reality.
These writer/reader relationships are things we must work at. Like craft, they take time, energy, patience, openness, and heaps of perseverance. Even if someone could hand over two dozen readers like a bag of jellybeans, it would probably not work out. Building that relationship with readers is part of being a writer, whether you’re independent or (seeking) traditional publication.
Never used a critique partner or beta reader before? Don’t despair–that was me just three years ago! I started off in person, moved to Scribophile and the Ubergroup, mosied into Twitter, blog hops, pitch contests–and I think my favorite part of writing is the community. Yeah, there’s human drama, but it’s the kind I’m thrilled to be part of–boosting voices, truth-seeking, artists.
But, yes, it takes work. Emotional labor and time. Every step of the writing journey will be work. So, I brewed up #betamatch because I believe your story is worth it.
Two other cool things! Consider watching the pitches on #PitMad Sept. 9, hosted by Brenda Drake. And Megan Lally hosts #CPMatch tomorrow on Twitter, an unmissable opportunity to meet up with writing readers working hard at the craft and revisions just like us. If you make connections tomorrow, they’re welcome to play #betamatch, too!
**I’m Batman on a unicorn on Twitter, in case you don’t know. I’m determined to never ever change that. I’ll be on the search for CPs and BRs, too, so I made these for my WIPs. Feedback welcomed–I’m brand new at making aesthetics. **
Here’s one of my favorite articles about finding potential betareaders/critique partners, but what it really boils down to is being brave enough to ask this question:
“Will you please read my book and give me feedback?”
Maybe it won’t work out, maybe you won’t get along, maybe the feedback you get won’t make sense yet or won’t ring true to you, maybe it’ll make sense but you don’t know how to fix it, and maybe you’re ready to move to the next work. That’s why it’s SO important to keep trading critiques, learning craft, and reading others’ work as well as writing, revising, and editing your own. The important thing is trying to grow your story and skills, which happens much faster when it’s not all one-sided.
Non-writing readers can be incredible, too, and sometimes that is exactly the feedback needed. Just know that non-writers, who are less likely to give prescriptive advice, are equally as subjective as writing readers.
**Rant over. Please excuse me.**
Step 3: Connect September 10 and RT your favorite answer from the week (from anyone) to win more prizes from Betabooks and friends.
On September 10, the floodgates are open to pitch your story to readers through aesthetics, potential book covers, even through previously published works. On this day, I urge you to showcase yourself and any achievement you’re proud of, so we can cheer you on. If you’re also looking to swap with others, then search for stories that fit what you want to feel and offer to read. Readers, likewise! Don’t hold back now–if there’s a writer whose answers and images keep catching your eye, speak up!
Important hashtags to include in daily prompts for author contest drawings:
#betamatch + age category + genre (mashups welcomed, but please tag!)
#CB = Chapter Book
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult
#AC = Action
#AD = Adventure
#CON = Contemporary
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#E = Erotica
#ER = Erotic Romance
#ES = Erotica Suspense
#F = Fantasy
#H = Horror
#HA = Humor
#HF = Historical Fiction
#HR = Historical Romance
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#Mem = Memoir
#LF = Literary Fiction
#NF = Non-fiction
#R = Romance
#P = Paranormal
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#S = Suspense
#SF = Sci-Fi
#SPF = Speculative Fiction
#T = Thriller
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#W = Westerns
#WF = Woman’s Fiction
In honor of Betabooks.co launch September 4, I’m happy to announce that there will be three winners to receive free membership for a year and be invited to the Betabooks.co podcast. (Participation with the #betamatch throughout the week will increase your chances.)
One lucky winner will receive a promotional package from (too secret to tell yet) to build their author platform. And three others will receive 50% off Betabooks.co membership for themselves or a friend. (We love to #payitforward)
Surprise giveaways will pop up throughout the week, so watch the hashtag #betamatch!
Readers who aren’t writers, I haven’t forgotten you! There will be a separate drawing for bookish prizes for those signing up to betaread by the 10th.
**In addition, all participants seeking new betareaders will be contacted for further matchmaking opportunities. Courtesy of me, not Betabooks.co, because I know how queasy one can feel making those first connections, and I want to help.**
Feel free to share any of these #betamatch images or prompts on social media to get your friends involved: