I'm getting to the end of my betas. The last ones are trickling in, bit by bit and agonizingly slow. Don't get me wrong, that's not a complaint. That's just a fact of writing life. Beta readers are volunteers, they aren't obligated to read anything I write.
Sometimes, as writers, we forget the positive. We get lost marking up a WIP in red, in pointing out flaws and when we receive our own back, we get caught up going through all the red. We forget to say thank you. Which is kind of odd because on twitter, I see a lot of thank yous going on. Thanks for RTing this. Thanks for mentioning me.
But what sort of thank you is adequate? How do I thank a beta reader I've never met and probably never meet? My book when it's released is one idea. I kind of cringe at that. They're going to see what suggestions I took and the ones I ignored. Yes, I know that is not a big deal but still, I have a paranoid streak and that streak worries about insignificant things like that. A gift card to amazon? Could work but what's the appropriate amount? Another idea is simply a shout out. Spread the word on twitter and my blog that my beta readers are awesome people with awesome skills. Or put it in my book as part of the thank yous or dedication.
All this isn't necessary but I want to do something, show my gratitude for ripping into my baby, making me want to scream and cry, for the sake of making my story better. I had to cut parts I loved and rewrite others. All at the suggestions of my beta readers. And my story is better for all this, my story shines brighter and hopefully when I release it into the world, others will love it as much as I do. So thanks to all my beta readers. Erin, CJ, MaryBeth, Marni, Dan, Brad and Cynthia. You guys rock.