I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about who I want to be in the “online writers’ (writer’s?) community. I have felt like I have to be:
1) Cutesy – have adorable things to discuss like if other animals breathe fire?
2) Non-confrontational. Every view ever is valid! If it’s terrible it’s just “imaginative” and unique!
3) post about nothing! Because the blogger guides say to “post on a consistent schedule”. Doesn’t matter if you have anything to say! As long as you post every Monday/Wednesday/Friday!
And the BIG ONE
4) Get a Beta reader/get feedback. Just get it, you, the goddess-like sappho-talented author don’t have to actually DO anything with the feedback.
Yes, you are the author and you make the ultimate choice (from a self publishing POV) on what your text looks like. FINE. But don’t ask me to spend months reading your book only to tell me that you’ll only take my opinion into consideration if your other 15 Betas agree with me. That is such Bull Shit, and such ego protection that it makes me want to never work with you again.
My opinion is mine. As a Beta it has weight, or it should, or you wouldn’t ask me to do it. If you’re trying to find a confluence of Beta opinion you are doing it to feed your own ego.
“Oh, not all nine of my beta readers agree that this passage is SHIT, therefore it must be AWESOME!!” No. The others just don’t want to tell you that part SUCKS.
I’m not reviewing to commit to a whole. You don’t have to take any of my feedback. That’s fine. But you do need to consider it individually, on it’s own merit, like I did your draft.
If you’re not going to bother to consider my feedback unless it agrees with someone else, you are a fraud. You don’t want feedback, you want to say you sought it. Totally different things.
Do not waste my time.