Editing Tip #100 – When to Take a (BETA) Reader’s Advice

We all know the importance of feedback when it comes to editing, revising, and re-writing our books and stories… it’s crucial.

But how do you know which advice to take and which advice to leave?

It’s not as difficult as you might think. Bottom line, the more feedback you get the easier it is to decide.

finger book markThere are two ways to look at feedback in the editing stages:

  1. This person wouldn’t have mentioned “it” if it wasn’t important (to them).
  2. These people all commented on the same “thing”, so I guess it strikes a chord.

Let’s take a closer look at #1…

If you have only one or a very few Beta Readers, you won’t necessarily have the luxury of dealing with point #2. In that case, you need to look at WHY your reader is giving you this feedback. At it’s core, what is the problem – what aren’t…

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