If you follow my blog or read the acknowledgments in my books, you know that I work with a beta reader and two critique partners. For simplicity’s sake, let’s just call all of them beta readers for now.
As soon as I have finished a new chapter of my work in progress, I send it off to my three beta readers and they return it with comments and corrections. If a chapter undergoes major revisions, I might resend the revised chapter and ask them to read it again to see if it works better now.
That’s how the beta reading process works for me, and I never thought to do it any other way.
But recently, I discovered that one of my critique partners has a different system. I call it “layered beta reading.” She sends a new chapter to one beta reader first, then uses the comments from the first beta to revise the chapter before sending it to the second beta reader.
Compared to my system, the “layered” beta reading has two main advantages:
The “layered” system as a few disadvantages too:
There are probably a lot of other methods for working with beta readers, but this is how I do it.
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