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Friday, June 19 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
What to Look for in a Beta Reader (Grand Ballroom West)

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“What the heck is a Beta Reader and why do I need one…or five?”
A beta reader, also known as a pre-reader or critiquer, is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.
Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterization or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.
This session will help you give you tips on finding and keeping quality beta readers you can trust with your work.

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Kallie Ross

Author, Self Employed (Business)
Descent: A Lost Tribe (Book 1) is my debut YA Adventure/Fantasy, released June 2014. Defend (Book 2) is the conclusion to Ollie's discovery of a lost tribe in Descent, and it was released May 2015. Over time my love for learning gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and... Read More →

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S. M. Boyce

S.M. Boyce
Author of enchanting stories that steal you away from the world. Boyce specializes in mischief & bad jokes, and loves to weave stories rife with adventure and self-discovery.
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Crystal Bryant

Professionally, I wear too many hats. I’m a founding member of Indie-Visible and The Younicorns, edit as the Plot Ninja, create covers occasionally, develop software, edit for Embolden Press and I’m rather certain I’ve forgotten something somewhere along the line. Personally... Read More →
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Gaby Robbins

Author, IncMuse
LOVE to be inspired. So great stories, songs, art, food, movies, theatre, tech and creative people are my favorite. Writing my first novel while trying to juggle a tech job, musician husband, 3 You-Tubing-gaming-musician children. #inspirenigma #lovewritecreate

Friday June 19, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

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