One of the many great ideas to come out of our recent poll on beta readers and resources, was to give folks a little bit more information about betas and alpha readers and what each does.
Beta readers (or betas) and alpha readers are two types of editors that writers (both fanfic and professional) often work with. However, both terms have a wide variety of meanings and not everyone uses them to mean the same thing. Some people even use the two terms interchangeably.
Some of you may use the same term to mean two different things (or different terms for the same thing). So check out these links and definitions to give you some ideas and help inform the dialogue you will need to have with your alpha, beta, cheerleader, etc.!Alpha Readers and Beta Readers
A blog post about what each does and some common definitions.The Wikipedia Entry on Beta Readers
As you can see, this gets confusing becuase Wikipedia says alpha reader and beta reader are essentially interchangeable terms.Writing Excuses Episode 5:33 - Alpha Readers
A podcast on using alpha readers, finding alpha readers, etc.
Confusing? Yes, it can be. So let's set some ground rules for what we mean on omgspnbigbang
when we're talking about alphas and betas. Interested? ( Collapse )