Not that I’ve ever published a book, but I recently saw someone who wrote a book, a sci-fi and fantasy, it was self-published I believe, but it’s clear this person did NOT go through a team of beta readers. Sure, the editing was up to par and everything, but everything else (from storyline, to world building, to character arcs, logic, to needs and wants) …it was literally a book of what NOT to do.
Either this author did not have beta readers…(which I find hard to believe. This person is much too bright to be doing something like that) …or this person’s friends did them DIRTY. At least that’s what the 100+ comments said in GoodReads.
Which leads me to ask, how do you know you have the right beta readers? Cause now I’m paranoid people are just trying to be nice. Which in itself can be dangerous as well.