Preparing your manuscript for a beta reader is not the same as preparing it for a publisher or agent, but writers need to consider it a close second. When you reach out to beta readers, you are in essence saying, "Hey, I got something worth taking a look at," and when you make that kind of bold declaration, you need to deliver. This article is for writers in the process of finding a beta reader or who need to recover from a not-so-pleasant beta reading experience.
Online book editing is popular among writers but not always easy or convenient. Authors unaccustomed to using track changes might find the process stressful while editors, needing to relay important information, may find communication limited. In this article I plan to explain the reasons for choosing a local editor and how to go about it. Since Microsoft Word is a common program, I use it for all scenarios in the article.
If you reach a point you want to make the eBook version of your manuscript available to the public, with no charge for downloads, the Internet Archive is a great option. Uploaded text documents automatically convert to various file formats and the browser allows the book to work as a flipbook. Once uploaded, visitors to your book's page, have the option to read it online, download a version of it for their device, or listen to a computer voice read the book.
Based in San Francisco, the Internet Archive is a non-profit repository for persons wanting to donate items to its universal library collection. Unlike commercial platforms, that may go out of business, the Internet Archive operates by means of donations and volunteers. The goal is to to keep uploaded content accessible for all time.
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