I know what you’re thinking. “Why is a literary agency writing an article about beta readers?” Well, ’cause having your manuscript beta read prior to querying an agent is really important in order to put your best foot forward. Beta readers can help catch common, easy to fix mistakes such as detail inconsistencies, that you may miss…because believe me, we all know that you have looked over that manuscript until you can’t possibly look at it anymore. (riiiiiiiiiight?) A fresh set of eyes will help immensely in this aspect. Especially if you get the right kind of beta reader for your story. Continue reading
By Rachel Beck
After being an editor for almost six years, I transitioned to the agent side (the dark side? the light side? I’ll avoid going there…). I thought it may be interesting to hear the differences (and similarities!), from my experience at least. Granted, I was an editor a lot longer than I’ve been an agent so far, but I’m rapidly learning more and more, and it’s interesting to reflect on the nuances of each job—along with the degrees of overlap.