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Beta-Readers is a dating service, but for your writing. We match authors and beta readers based on writing abilities and writing interests.

What is a beta reader?
A beta reader is an experienced writer dedicated to helping another writer improve by providing a cross between edits and a critique. You can learn more by reading these two beta reading tutorials: Authors and Beta Readers.

Want to Join?

First read through these mandatory links:
:bulletgreen: Rules and Submission Guidelines
:bulletgreen: Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still interested, you can either fill out the provided Profile, and submit them as a deviation to our Profiles Gallery Folder
:bulletblue: Beta Readers: Beta Reader Profiles
:bulletblue: Authors: Author Profiles

OR, you can choose to be paired by staff and complete the Surveys:
:bulletblue:Beta Readers: Profile Survey
:bulletblue:Authors: Profile Survey
Please note, both of those links go to Google Docs and are safe links

We are currently on Hiatus from Staff Pairings.


Beta-Readers is a wonderful group. Not only does it help pair beta readers and authors together based on personality, and other specifics, they also are able to form friendships between betas and authors. It is a wonderful experience for all that join the group. It is highly encouraged if you are a serious (or maybe not so serious) author. Please, check it out.

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My reader, dangel88, is wonderful. She's honest, spots errors, and doesn't hold back. You guys did a wonderful job picking her out for me.

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I'm part of a wonderful, working partnership. My beta-reader is responsive and gives me helpful feedback. I feel my grammar is improving.

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I'm really happy with my beta pairing, it was amazing you could come up with someone so similar and yet different to me, and so soon. I'm sure me and my beta will have a great time and will have a great friendship at the end of it all. Thank you. :)


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Be A Critic: Update

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 13, 2014, 9:34 AM

:iconupdateplz:  We'll be starting back up with regular features on September 15th.  So if you're a writer or artist and want to get in on receiving feedback be sure to send us a note with three thumbcodes.  We're going to be working out the schedule in the next couple days.

We're half way through August and it's finally time to tell everyone what the big surprise is.

BeACritic will start accepting deviants outside of the Literature Community

That's right!  We're no longer going to be focused solely on Lit here.  We'll feature any type of art in our features.  Currently, everything else will stay the same.  Each feature will be up for two weeks and at the end of that time a new feature will be posted.  Depending on the level of involvement and call for features, we may change this in the future to allow more deviants to be featured at the same time.

What do we need from you?

SPREAD THE WORD!  Tell everyone you know that wants feedback on their art to come here and join us.  And seriously, that's like EVERYONE!  The more deviants we get participating in this, the more feedback the featurees receive and very possibly the better the rewards. 

And speaking of rewards, do you offer commissions?  If so, please note us with details.  We're always looking for more artists to support in our Special Promotions.

When is all of this going to go into effect?

Starting right now, we're accepting notes from deviants wanting to be featured.  But remember, if you don't spread the word and get more deviants involved, you won't get as much feedback.  So make sure you're telling everyone about this.

What about those winners you said you were going to announce in this journal?

Don't think I forgot about any of you.  I haven't.  Both RoamingShadow  and Liz-DarkWarrior  have won 50:points:Liz-DarkWarrior  also won a critique and RoamingShadow  also won our Special Promotion prize which is a poetry commission from DrippingWords.

Critique winners, please note the group with the piece you'd like to receive feedback on.  Points winners will receive their points shortly and commission winners will be contacted by the artist.

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SarahMyriaCarter Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Writer
Hello I am the Author of the book Seekers Tribulation and was wondering if you would review my book

I hope you consider reviewing my book, examples of my work can be found here…

If you have any questions feel free to ask
Shelia13 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My current "beta-reader" is out so I've come here with a few questions.

Is it possible that I can occasionally acquire a beta-reader to check over my chapters before I post them? I have stories written upon and have a chapter that I would liked looked over. Its only 4 pages.

So even if I'm not a member of this group is it still okay if I ask for a quick read by a beta-reader please? [I've tried fanfiction's beta-readers and no one ever answers and its driving me insane, i'm tempted to just throw up the chapter as is]

The only major problem would be that when I'm writing I get so into "living" the scene that I forget a word or two in some sentences that make sense to me no matter how much I read it that only someone else will be able to tell me that I'm missing a word. I'm relatively good at spelling so that shouldn't be a worry. 
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avih1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Just completed a reader survey. Thanks a lot for this cool and great idea! :D
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creationtakesun Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I do a link about your group here: o0-freebies-stock-0o.deviantar…

I sugger that you could do more folder/category about your tutorials.
For example a tutorial caractere, a tutorial environnement, a tutorial style, and more....
It's could be more easy for the user's.

have a nice day.
Natafree Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, I'm not sure if I'm doing this right but I was wondering if there would be one or two beta readers available to give me there opinions on my work. 
Right now I'm working on a horror and later I'm thinking about some realistic fiction work as well.
It would be great to just get a note on deviant art if you're up to it.

Thank you for your consideration (: 
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