A beta reader is similar to a beta tester, where they test a specific output and have it on trial. Similar to that concept, a beta reader will test read the unreleased authors’ work and give feedback on it.
Working With Beta Readers
Knowledgeable on the Genre
Honesty is the best quality any beta reader should have, but the author should look for a reader that reads the particular genre they are in. Opting for a beta reader that is particularly interested in nonfiction and the genre of your book falls in fiction, the beta reader will not likely provide feedback that would be necessary on the author’s end.
Open-Mind (DON’T Necessarily Apply All!)
By the time the beta readers notify the author that they have completed reading the book and can now send their notes, they will be eager to begin implementing their suggestions. First, however, it is critical to consider the rippling effects of applying their recommendations to the rest of your material.