Beta Readers are the wild cards in your deck of writing tools. What I am about to tell you will save you so a ton of frustration.
As you’ve reviewed here, you know a Beta Reader is someone that looks over your work and gives feedback. They often do this for free of for a minimum charge.
However, it is good to know exactly who your beta readers are, and what genre they are most likely to read. Here are a few things to ask before you all get started:
What genre are you comfortable reading?
Are you comfortable looking over a work more than once?
Are you comfortable voicing what you like and didn’t like about the piece?
You may think these questions aren’t important or even silly. But they aren’t, I promise you. They can be used to weed out whom would be a suitable Beta Reader for your work. You want to be able to give/send your work to someone that will value your work along with their time.
If your potential Beta Reader doesn’t want to read your work, or may not have time at present you can still expand your pool of readers. You can still ask people you may not have thought about to read for you.
Cardinal rule: Protect your work. Value time. Keep writing.