We're happy to invite BetaBooks Authors to submit their books for consideration by the Beta Reader Pool. Once a month we'll select a small number of books to share with the pool, which currently numbers more than 350 readers.
The next submission deadline, for the September 2017 round, is Sunday, August 27th, 2017.
How to Submit
Step 1: If you're not already a BetaBooks author, but you're interested in submitting to the pool, please sign up for a BetaBooks account.
Step 2: Create and import your book on BetaBooks.
Step 3: When you're ready to submit, simply email us with the name of your book and what kind of feedback you're hoping to get from the pool.
What to Submit
We're open to all genres, but our readers have expressed a lot of interest in Military, Detective, SciFi, and Romance novels. Our reader pool is not limited by age, and thus we only accept works that would be rated "PG-13" or less. Sorry, no Erotica.
(Note that there is no content restriction on the BetaBooks software, just the Beta Reader Pool contest.)
When selecting books to share with the pool, here are the things we look for:
- Clean, well-formatted, complete manuscripts. You should have proofread your manuscript at least once, so readers can focus on the story, not be distracted by tons of typos.
- A good story with a solid opening hook and an ending that resolves it. Our screeners won't necessarily read your entire book, but we place a lot of weight on the first and last chapter. We don't like sending out cliffhanger endings.
- Existing beta reader feedback. Lack of prior feedback doesn't disqualify you from consideration, but we strongly favor books that have already been beta'd at least once and received positive feedback.
One of the things that makes the Beta Reader Pool special is that readers need to be personally invited by a BetaBooks Author. That means there's no direct way for you to sign up for the pool, but if you found this page you probably are already a reader for someone or know someone who is on the site.
If you've got a BetaBooks account, you can visit the Beta Reader Pool event page on your sidebar. You'll be able to opt-in or opt-out at any time, as well as browse this month's books.
Please feel free to email us any time, we'll be happy to hear from you and will get back to you asap.
How did this come about?
BetaBooks is a small but growing community of more than 1,400 authors and their enthusiastic readers. As the community has grown, our awesome readers have sent us one request more than any other: "how can I read another great book?"
Everything on BetaBooks is private by design, so authors know that only people they've invited can read their book. But given the number of readers asking for the chance to meet a new author, and the desire of many authors to grow their audience, we felt there was an opportunity for us to do something to help. That's how the Beta Reader Pool came to be.
You can learn more about Andrew and Paul and how the site came to be on our About Page.