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Sep 05, 2013 02:32PM
I thought it might be useful to post this beta reader questionnaire which I adapted from one I found online. It might be a bit too in-depth for some, but it could be helpful for new beta readers who'd like some guidance on what feedback to give.
Does the cover match the title and story?
Would this cover grab you if you were browsing on Amazon?
What do you like about the cover?
What do you dislike about it?
Did the beginning draw you into the story and leave you wanting to know more? How could I improve the beginning?
Does any part of the story drag?
Do I over-inform anywhere? (Also known as “info-dumping.”)
Is any of the plot implausible?
Did the ending leave you satisfied? If not, what went wrong?
Did the story leave any unanswered questions? If so, which ones?
Which part of the story was the best?
Which part of the story was the worst?
Do the scenes flow?
Does each scene lead logically into the next?
Is there enough downtime between intense scenes to allow build up to the next?
Were the flashbacks smoothly integrated to fit into the current scene – or did they seem jammed in, like a chapter that was in the wrong place?
Do I repeat myself anywhere in the story?
If you could change any scene or scenes in the story, which ones and why?
If there was one scene you could remove from the story, which one and why?
Was there a nice clean scene-break or chapter break between each change in point of view?
Is anything visually confusing?
Can you see every action clearly in your mind like a movie?
Could you see what the characters looked like clearly?
If you went there in real life, would you recognize the location?
How does the setting work with the story?
Did you have to re-read any part of the action sequences to understand who did what?
Did I forget to describe their clothes, their hair, their eyes, or any other distinctive feature that pertains to a specific character?
Did I mis-use any senses during the story? A scent that is unfamiliar? A touch done wrong? A sound miss-heard? A taste that is off?
During the dialogue scenes:
Could you visualize what the characters were doing while talking?
Could you visualize where the characters were while they were talking?
Do the characters work?
Do the characters seem realistic?
Does the dialogue sound realistic?
Do their reactions seem logical & realistic?
Could you feel the emotions between the characters?
Did the characters seem in character? Did any act out of character? If so, which one and how?
Would different characters have worked better for this story?
What character did you like best (sympathize with the most) and why?
What character did you dislike (sympathize with the least) and why?
Which character got on your nerves and why?
Does any one character get in the way of the story?
Was there a character that would have made the story better by being left out? In other words, if you could remove one character from the story, who would it be and why?
Sep 05, 2013 04:00PM
I've been beta reading for sometime and these are some great points! Thanks!
Sep 06, 2013 01:05AM
Thanks Lisa - I'm glad this was helpful! :)
Sep 06, 2013 04:32AM
Thank you so much!
Sep 06, 2013 08:33AM
Thank you! Those are some great guidelines.
Sep 10, 2013 02:33AM
Hi Julie - I'm new, as of yesterday, to this whole Beta reader thing and this list is so helpful, thank you so much! Kellie :)
Sep 10, 2013 07:39AM
Thanks Kellie - I'm so glad it's helpful! Enjoy your beta reading experience! :)
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