Beta Reader Questionnaire
(Borrowed from My Two Cents Editing)
Below are the questions I will answer while reading your book. If you have any specific concerns in your book, please let me know.
What genres and books have you enjoyed over the last year?
Do you usually buy print books or ebooks?
Where do you shop for books?
How much do you usually spend for a book?
How do you prefer to interact with readers and authors? (Goodreads, FB, Twitter, workshops, conferences, libraries, book clubs, book signings, book blogs, etc.)
Among friends in person
In book clubs
At book signings
At writers’ events
Through book blogs
Notes on expectations
What did the title make you think the book would be about?
What drew you to the book in the first place?
Did the book description accurately reflect the book’s content?
Notes on the reading experience
Did you finish the novel?
If you didn’t finish reading the novel, where did you put it down, and why?
If you were browsing in a bookstore, would the first chapter have made you want to keep reading? Why or why not?
Did you find the premise believable? Would these characters really behave this way in these situations?
Which character did you find most compelling or sympathetic? Why?
Did you think the characters were well-developed?
Was the novel ever confusing? Where and why?
Did you ever lose interest in the story? Where and why?
Did the settings (time, places, geography, mood) anchor you to the story? Did they seem accurate and/or believable?
Notes on the writing style
What are your thoughts on the book’s voice or style?
Did the dialog ring true?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how many spelling or grammatical errors did you notice?
After “The End”
What did you think of the ending?
What do you see as the strengths of this novel?
How would you summarize what this novel is about?
Would you recommend this book to a friend?
Did the novel remind you of other books or authors? In what ways?
Do you feel this novel is ready for publication? Why or why not?
Notes to the author
I will also include a 1-2 paragraph summery of my thoughts and what next steps we can take with your manuscript.