The Big Reveal

Welcome to The Big Reveal


I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them.


Do you utilize critique partners or beta readers?


Jenny Morris, Agented Author
I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have awesome CP’s. I have the Falling for Fiction girls and Cristina which I consider CP. Then I have a few people that are beta readers.


Theresa Paulo, Agented Author
Yes. Yes and Yes. I don’t know what I was doing before my CP’s. Now I know why I was never able to get an agent before. The things that other people can point out to you is amazing. I owe my CP’s (especially you, Suzi) and betas more than they’ll ever know. I’m part of the Falling For Fiction girls as well and talk about a support system. They are not only my CP’s but my closest friends. It’s amazing how CP’s become such a huge and important part of your life. People you have never met. It still blows my mind.


Lynne Schmidt, Un-Agented Author
I have a few trusted people I depend on, but I’m always open to having more beta readers. The more eyes that can tear my stuff apart, the better 🙂


Mindi Scott, Published Author
My husband reads all of my scenes as I write them. I also have a few people who will read my full drafts and give feedback (critique partners, agent, and editor). I used to have a lot more options to get critiques from, but it’s harder now to find writers whose schedules coincide with mine.


Steph Campbell, Published Author
I definitely have a core group of people that I rely on for honest critiques. Some are friends that are strictly readers, some are New York Times Best Sellers. They all tell me where they think things are lacking, where I’m getting off track, and send me cheerleading notes when I need them. 🙂


Christa Desir, Pre-Published Author
I used to have tons of beta readers but I found my day job kept me from being able to reciprocate as much as I would want. Also, I am sort of an asshole as a CP/beta reader and don’t sugarcoat anything. I’ve for sure had people never ask me to beta for them again because I was pretty brutal (not mean, more just honest in my Christa way). So now I have 2 CPs who I trust with everything and about 5 beta readers that are actual writers. And I have 6 or so teenagers who read for me. The teens are sometimes the most and least helpful. They have no idea what they’re doing so lots of time it’s feedback like “Yeah. Whoa. That’s intense and kind of made me want to barf.” I love that though. 🙂


Dahlia Adler, Agented Author
YES. I didn’t have anyone for so much of the writing process, and then for my agented ms and the one before it, I had two real betas each. One ms was probably beyond help, but for the ms that got my agent, I had a beta who’s never read for me before or after but was absolutely fundamental to the success of that ms. Since then, I’ve picked up five incredible CPs (shoutout to Valerie, Marieke, Erica, Maggie, and Gina!) who are as wonderfully supportive, insightful, and helpful as anyone could ask for. They’re the only ones who read my last ms, but I’ll probably use some betas for the one I’m writing now in addition to them.


Do you have critique oartners or beta readers?

9 Responses

  1. Critique partners, not so much.

    But definitely beta readers. They’ve helped me grow so much as a writer. And I also love reading their comments because not only do they help immensely, they often make me laugh. So to two of them that are on TBR today, Thanks Theresa and Lynne.

  2. I got a professional critique once and that was amazing, but I don’t use CPs usually. Partly because I never know how much weight to give the opinion of somebody who’s at the same stage of their writing life as I am. I think I’d get myself tangled! I use beta readers though and they’re very, very important to the process. Hooray for CPs and betas!

  3. The first time I sent anything to my crit partners, I was sick to my stomach. It was so hard. But I’m glad I took that step because I don’t know what I’d do without them!

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