Working with Beta Readers

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By Mark Coker, Smashwords

Beta readers are test readers. Beta readers will help you write a better book.

If you work with beta readers, you’ll gain insight to inspire your final revision.

In Episode 5 of the Smart Author Podcast, out today (links below), you’ll learn how to work with beta readers to make your next book the best it can be.

You’ll learn how to recruit beta readers, how to craft your questionaire to collect the right feedback, and you’ll learn time-saving strategies to complete the round with minimal hassle.

In other podcast news, Apple Podcasts featured Smart Author in their “New & Notable” section this week, on the top row! We’re tickled pink by Smart Author’s warm reception from the indie community and we look forward to bringing you more great episodes in the weeks ahead. Thank you for sharing this with your friends.

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Coming up next Friday, you’ll learn how to market your ebook to libraries.

Supplemental resources:
Following the release of each episode, you’ll find edited transcripts at our Smart Author hub page at Smashwords.

Join us at Facebook at the official Smart Author Facebook Page where you can discuss each episode with fellow listeners, or pose questions following each episode.

Mark has some background on this episode at the Smashwords Blog.

Please take a moment to subscribe at your favorite podcast service so you don’t miss any future episodes!

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How to publish and distribute ebooks with Smashwords
Frequently asked questions
Smashwords Site Updates
Smashwords blog (subscribe today via the email option!)
How to Publish ebooks (4-part presentation)
Smart Author Podcast
Smashwords Video Workshops
Create a Smashwords Interview (self-interviews)
Smashwords Series Manager (Manage series metadata)
Smashwords Coupon Manager (Create custom coupon codes)
Connect with fellow Smashwords readers and authors at Facebook
Mark’s List – Low cost cover designers and ebook formatters
Thanks for choosing Smashwords for your ebook publishing and distribution.

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The Smashwords Team

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