Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG: Best Beta Partner

 It's that time again . . . 

This Month's Question: If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

My Answer: First, I'm assuming "beta partner" is equivalent to "beta reader"?? Because a critique partner is someone who helps tear apart early drafts of your manuscript to help improve it, and a beta reader is someone who reads the first "finished" (polished and amazing) draft to give feedback on the overall plots and character arcs. (I would never replace my current critique partners - they're the best ever. So, I feel like this is a trick question.) But if I can keep my critique partners and just have a new beta reader . . . hmm . . .  I would choose Dean Koontz. Yup.

How about you? Who would you want to read your manuscript prior to publication?


  1. My husband is Beta One. He is insightful, helpful, discerning - and he knows how to tell me the truth without hurting my insecure writer feelings. After all, he'd have to live with the meltdown, so he treads carefully but is true.

  2. Great choice, Margo! Dean Koontz is a masterful writer. My husband is always willing to help me, but he's not a novel reader. Hands down I'd choose my brother who is fabulously well-read, a wonderful storyteller, and loves all the genres I do. Stay safe and healthy in September ~ Happy writing.