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A New Kind of Beta Reader

As authors, one of the things we get more than anything else is criticism. We send our baby books to betas and CPs (which literally stands for Critique Partner), and we enter contests just for the chance at agent feedback, racking up query rejections and a whole lotta nope! try agains in the meantime – taking the bad with the good is our way of life.

But what if it didn’t have to be the only way we receive feedback?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand that for some people, getting feedback in the first place is difficult. Finding a good CP is like finding a spouse. Finding a group of them takes a lot of time, and a lot of bad first dates (swaps).

I’m really writing this for the people who already have a crew of CPs and Beta Readers that hand over feedback of, “I love your new manuscript! Let’s talk about those character arcs tho...”

This is for those who have had nothing but edit letters for years, and are getting hammered with critiques from agents, contests, writer support groups, creative friends, and the like.

So I’m talking about introducing a “Positivity Pass” in book critiquing.

WHAT’S A POSITIVITY PASS?

Well, it’s what it sounds like. A read of your manuscript, either ending with a Letter or In Doc Comments, that ONLY INCLUDES THE POSITIVE.

No “This could be better.”

No “Watch this.”

No “Huh? You lost me.”

Just the good LOLS and OMGs and YOU’RE RUINING MY SOUL WITH YOUR GORGEOUS PHRASING

THE CHALLENGE

Offer a Positivity Pas