I read, I write, edit, review, and beta read. First time beta reading, by the way. Exactly what is a review, edit, beta read? Let's see.
Definition: a critical appraisal of a book, play, movie, exhibition, etc., published in a newspaper or magazine.
As I blogged before, I don't give bad reviews. Not sure what would qualify me, if I did. Sometimes it's pure opinion. Look at the reviews of a favorite book. There will be those that didn't give it the accolades you did. That is if you reviewed it at all. Give that a second consideration. If your favorite book has hundreds of reviews, it may not be so important, but if the book only has a handful of reviews, put one in. When I review, it's by pure emotion. If I love a book, I'll post it in several places, usually Audible, Amazon, GoodReads, and FB. If I'm obligated I'll do my best to find good positive reasons for the review. 4 stars or 3 stars never lower. If I don't like the book, I don't give a review. As an author I have received 1 star and 2 stars as well as 4 and 5 star reviews on the same book. Go figure. Study other reviews and see how other readers share their views and get to it.
Definition: prepare (written material) for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it.
It's always easier to find 'nits' or typos in someone else's MS. So I guess edit, depends on who's doing the editing. I have edited other MS's as a favor, not as a professional. Hanging your shingle out for that is a bode of confidence, experience, and education. I see my service as a pre-edit. Your MS should be pristine before it goes out for a professional overhaul. The simple multitude of errors will made the edit more costly if they charge per hour. An author should never rely on someone outside their purview to make it fit for publication. It's up to you. The editor sees all the things the author didn't and through their experience are a safety net. It used to be that way, but not since I've been writing. They charge by words, pages, or hour. You should do as I say, not as I do. Of the 8 books I have published I had 3 separate edits done. Two of those ended up being structural edits (fixing my POV, mechanics, and clarity). So then there's the grammar. Who fixes that? Another edit after spending so much already? Yes, I'm guilty of doing my own editing. However, as you write on and get better at your craft, these common errors aren't made. As I've blogged before, the software can pick up simple errors, but beware of the way the sentence reads, some corrections can make the sentence not read as you meant. For me my editing helps the author get their MS to the point where it can go out for a professional review.
Usually a test reader of an unreleased work[of literature or other writing (similar to beta testing in software), who gives feedback from the point of view of an average reader to the author.[A beta reader is not a professional and can therefore provide advice and comments in the opinions of an average reader.[This feedback is used by the writer to fix remaining issues with plot, pacing, and consistency. The beta reader also serves as a sounding board to see if the book has had the intended emotional impact.
Well, am I glad I researched that. I'm in the process of my first beta reading effort. I've had my books tested by beta readers, but have never done it myself. So this definition is helpful. What I have found is beta readers should be familiar and like your genre. Perhaps that is the area an author should consider when assigning beta readers. There are definitely standards between the genres: definition: a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
A historical fiction reader may find a fantasy fiction too vague, not enough definition, or too lengthy. My first beta read is going well. It's a historical fiction, my chosen genre. I read to learn and that is certainly true with this great novel to be released soon, I'm sure.
Totally unrelated to this blog, I was able to get an interview on a podcast on Pink Cloud 9 by Katherine Salamanca if you're interested follow this link PODCAST.
Shirley Nomakeo received a B.S. Degree in Graphic Design from Rivier College.