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Does anyone use middle-grade students as beta readers? Has anyone partnered with teachers at a local school to identify beta readers? Also, what kind of feedback are you looking for from beta readers and how do you use the feedback?
#1 - May 21, 2020, 02:06 PM

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Using students can give you some insight, but do not mention it in a query letter. Kids are very honest, and you'll know if they laugh at the jokes or lose interest. Not all of them are cut out to be literary critics though. You'll even have some who don't like reading.

I had my niece read when she was the right age, but she forgot to mark the text. Having a teacher read a chapter at a time and discuss with the class might benefit you more, and them too, especially if they read the edits you've made based on their comments. I have no idea if this works though.
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Thank you.
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