The most important thing for Beta Readers is not the reading.
No, it’s not a joke.
Yes, I’m serious.
The most important thing for a Beta Reader is not to steal your work. Even if it’s a rough draft.
In choosing your Beta Readers, the best advice is to keep your number small and composed of people you trust. It also doesn’t hurt to have your Beta Readers sign a contract that dictates not to share/plagiarize the work you show them.
Intellectual property is still property! It needs to be protected to the fullest extent of the law.
Take pride in your work! Protect it.
There is nothing worse than having your work stolen by the very people you believed you would trust with it.
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