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ARC readers: Please note that although you do not have to review any books that you receive via this service, we do ask that you do—especially if you loved the book. Remember that reviews are so valuable to all authors.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Alpha reader (AKA first reader)
They would read an author’s work-in-progress well before it is completed. This could be as early as the first draft, though normally, it is a bit later than that. An Alpha reader would usually identify any significant errors, inconsistencies, or perceived issues with the book, confirming that the overall structure works. This though is changeable from book to book, and would need to be agreed with each author as to what they are looking for.
They would read a book that is close to a finished product. It has normally been self-edited by the author, and is as good as it can be without help from professional editors. It is dependent on the author how in-depth feedback from a Beta reader should be. Sometimes it’s proofing, sometimes its plot error checking. This would be for you to discuss with each author.
An ARC (Advanced Review Copy) reader would read and uncorrected proof (it may have typos as it’s not always a finished product) and they would be expected to write a review on it (posted to at least Amazon and Goodreads). The ARC reader is not expected to give feedback on spelling or grammar—nor should review about those uncorrected issues)
All of the above
- These are unpaid positions. No readers are expected to be paid.
- Just because you agree to be one of these readers does not mean you have to read it or review it. it is just expected. Sometimes you may read a book and dislike it and not want to finish it or give feedback. This is fine, but as a matter of courtesy, we ask that politely inform the author if you DNF (do not finish) and give reasons why. Feedback helps. Even negative feedback. BUT BE NICE.
PLEASE NOTE – THE AUGUST ARC, ALPHA & BETA NEWSLETTER HAS BEEN SENT – THE NEXT ONE WILL NOT BE SENT TIL 18th SEPTEMBER.