Is My Book Ready for Beta Readers

About Is My Book Ready for Beta Readers?

Before you send your book to beta readers, listen to this episode!

In it, you’ll meet Melissa Macomber, another Camp Structure alumni who’s working on her memoir. During this episode, we explore how to know when your book is ready for beta readers, the three types of beta readers you’ll need, how to choose beta readers wisely, and questions to ask them before sending out your work.



Transcript for Is My Book Ready for Beta Readers

Welcome to the second episode of my season of summer shorts, a series of shorter, sweeter episodes where you’ll hear from writers working in the trenches right alongside you. Each week they’ll share their fears, doubts, and questions they have about the craft of writing and the writing life. Consider it your backstage pass to my coaching practice.

This week, you’ll hear from another Camp Structure alumni, Melissa Macomber, a writer who’s currently working on a memoir about how to recognize your soulmate(s). During this episode, we take a deep dive into working with beta readers including practical issues like where to find them and what to send, as well as the fears we face when asking for feedback on our work. Before we get to our conversation, I have a few questions for you. Have you finished a draft of your manuscript? Are you wondering if it’s ready for beta readers? What do you want to know about this process? What fears come up when you imagine yourself handing over your work? I hope you’ll ponder these questions as you listen along. Now let’s get to my conversation with Melissa Macomber 

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Show Notes for Is My Book Ready for Beta Readers

Before you send your book to beta readers, listen to this episode!

In it, you’ll meet Melissa Macomber, another Camp Structure alumni who’s working on her memoir. During this episode, we explore how to know when your book is ready for beta readers, the three types of beta readers you’ll need, how to choose beta readers wisely, and questions to ask them before sending out your work. 

Melissa’s Bio: Melissa is a writer currently working on a memoir about how to recognize your soulmate(s). You can find more of her short pieces and research on love, commitment and betrayal on her website.

Resources Mentioned During This Episode: 

Episode Highlights

  • 1:20 Maintaining Your Stamina
  • 2:59 Preparing Mentally for Beta Reader Feedback
  • 4:09 Working with Writers   
  • 9:30 Should I Send Them All or Part of My Manuscript
  • 11:55 Working with Members of Your Audience
  • 15:06 Finding Beta Readers
  • 16:05 Working with Sensitivity Readers
  • 19:52 Mistake Allowances

Connect with Melissa: 

  • Website: melissamacomber.com

Connect with your host, Lisa:

Sign up for Camp Structure:  https://lisacooperellison.com/camp-structure-find-your-memoirs-narrative-arc/

Produced by Espresso Podcast Production: https://www.espressopodcastproduction.com



About Your Host

Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, trauma-informed writing coach, and host of the Writing Your Resilience podcast. She works and writes at the intersection of storytelling and healing, and combines her personal experiences with suicide loss and CPTSD with her clinical training to help writers turn tough experiences into art. Her essays and stories have appeared on Risk! and in The New York TimesHuffPostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others


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