Questions for Beta Readers

  1. Interest Held? Did the story hold your interest from the very beginning? If not, why not?

  2. Easy Orientation. Did you get oriented fairly quickly at the beginning as to whose story it is, and where and when it’s taking place? If not, why not?

  3. Relatable? Could you relate to the main character? Did you feel her/his pain or excitement?

  4. Setting Interesting? Did the setting interest you, and did the descriptions seem vivid and real to you?

  5. Lag? Was there a point at which you felt the story started to lag or you became less than excited about finding out what was going to happen next? Where, exactly?

  6. Confusing? Were there any parts that confused you? Or even frustrated or annoyed you? Which parts, and why?

  7. Discrepancies? Did you notice any discrepancies or inconsistencies in time sequences, places, character details, or other details?

  8. Believable? Were the characters believable? Are there any characters you think could be made more interesting or more likable?

  9. Characters Discernible? Did you get confused about who’s who in the characters? Were there too many characters to keep track of? Too few? Are any of the names or characters too similar?

  10. Interesting Dialog? Did the dialog keep your interest and sound natural to you? If not, whose dialog did you think sounded artificial or not like that person would speak?

  11. Too Descriptive? Did you feel there was too much description or exposition? Not enough? Maybe too much dialog in parts?

  12. Enough Tension? Was there enough conflict, tension, and intrigue to keep your interest?

  13. Satisfying Ending? Was the ending satisfying? Believable?

  14. Obvious Typos/Grammar? Did you notice any obvious, repeating grammatical, spelling, punctuation or capitalization errors? Examples?

  15. Writing Style? Do you think the writing style suits the genre? If not, why not?

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