Beta Update

Hey all, Robin here… I thought I would provide another Beta update.  The second beta is going amazingly well.  We are still finding a few things to “tweak” in the story – but not nearly as much as we did for the first beta.  A positive sign indeed.

Also it’s good to see that some of the things we worked hard to address turned out to have the correct solution. For instance, in the first beta “Chapter 10” was very poorly rated because it introduced a new setting, too many new words, and overall left people utterly confused. We ended up breaking that chapter into pieces. Half of it was moved much earlier in the work (Chapter 5), and now both the new chapter, and what stayed put in the old chapter, are among the highest rated chapters. Always good when things show improvement rather than a decline.

So, with regard to the beta as it stands now.  Here’s where we currently are:

  • 51 beta readers (up from the original 45), three of those haven’t started (so we put in alternates) and a few of the first beta read came along for the second one.
  • 94% have started
  • 14 (30% of those that started) have finished
  • 207 session surveys have come in
  • 679 chapters have been read
  • 403 chapters have been rated

Current ratings averages are showing:

  • 4.51 – Plot
  • 4.63 – Pacing
  • 4.52 – Characters

Having all three metrics over 4.5 is the strongest beta I’ve run yet.  A very good sign for the strength of this book.

One other thing I should point out.  Michael has recently referred several of his writing buddies to me who wanted advice on how to run a beta.  I “slapped” together some information to get them started, but it’s no where near organized.  Still, it’s better than nothing. What I plan to do in the new future is to write a book on conducting beta reads, and present a more organized approach.  It’s important to me that such a reference guide be FREE to any author.  Michael and I don’t take money for helping authors succeed at writing. I don’t know exactly when I’ll have it written, but if you want to receive a free copy once it’s done, here is a link where you can sign up for it. .

All you need to do is provide me with your email address, and what file formats you prefer.  I’m sure we’ll make an announcement when it’s ready for distribution.

The January Beta has begun!

Hey all, Robin here, I’m taking over a post on Michael’s site to give some updates about the second Beta which kicked off earlier this week.  Here’s some highlights:

  • 45 people were invited into the second Beta read, plus a number of first beta readers have the file to compare versions
  • 25 (over 50% have started)
  • 1 person has completed
  • 125 “session surveys” have come in
  • 59 ratings have come in

Current ratings averages are showing:

  • 4.6 – Plot
  • 4.5 – Pacing
  • 4.5 – Characters

Pretty high marks, so far, but that is to be expected as the people through initially are those that really enjoy reading.

The beta is expected to last until February 16th.