Beta readers are sneaky people and you don’t even know whether they’re reading your book or not . So , why do you have to waste your money on random people who might be skimming your book just for the sake of payment ?
YEAH , RIGHT !
I didn’t realize there are people who don’t pay beta readers and advice others not to before googling ‘how much should beta readers be paid ‘ and boy is it disappointing to see people arguing about if somebody should get paid for doing their job . Like , how would YOU feel if somebody refused to pay you ?
The main argument put forth to justify this is , ‘ Beta readers are ordinary readers , meaning they can’t give you insights into what is good literature and what’s bad ‘ . That’s like…you’re saying the people who read endlessly don’t know what good literature is ?
Over the years , beta readers have provided their services for free and so it should stay that way …or not . I really don’t think it’s cool for people to expect others to put so much of their time into an unedited book for nothing .
I think there’s something in saying , ” they just tell you whether or not they like your book . Anybody who buys your book could that ” . But the point is that the beta readers also tell you why your book is not good . They sit and read for hours , slowly and take notes at all points of the book .
So , yes . I personally think beta readers should get paid .
What do you think ? Would you ever beta read for free ? Why ?