Wicked Writer's Betas
Signup form for Erica Chilson's beta readers. Please fill out the form below with the necessary information, and await a response from the author.

Applicant is NOT required to be a reader of Erica Chilson's previously published works. The author is re-editing all of her works before republishing in ebook form and in print.

Erica Chilson writes in several genres, meaning she needs a variety of beta readers willing to read specific types of stories. The author is looking for a group of betas, who she will choose between depending on the type of book to be beta read, as well as the content within the story. Also, betas have lives, and Erica doesn't wish to tax her betas on a continual basis, attributing to her need to have a revolving team of beta readers.

***You do *NOT* have to be a proofreading genius or editor to apply***
Erica Chilson stresses that beta reading is about the R-E-A-D-I-N-G. She is looking for readers of all types to spot different things. We all read a book differently than our fellow readers. She is specifically looking for anything that is jarring, tearing the reader from the story. If your strong-suit is proofreading, GREAT. If not, GREAT TOO! Everyone has strengths and weaknesses.

Erica Chilson is **NOT** looking for an editor. Please be respectful by NOT editing the author's work. Pointing out errors in grammar, punctuation, run-ons, awkward sentence structure, redundancy, discrepancies in timeline, and character trait lobotomies is what beta reading is about.The author is NOT looking for word-by-word, line-by-line sentence restructuring and editing, since Beta Readers are not professional editors. This leads to the 'voice' of the story no longer sounding as the characters and the author herself.


Erica Chilson thanks you for your time and your interest in becoming a member of the Wicked Writer's Betas.
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Applicant's name *
Applicant's email address *
Do you wish to become a beta reader? *
What genres do you NOT enjoy? *
please list all genres you don't find enjoyable or wish to never read.
Which genres do you primarily read? *
please select all the genres you read and enjoy on a regular basis.
Is HEA a MUST? *
Are you willing to read Cliffhangers? *
Which do you prefer to read? (Book length) *
click all that apply
How many books do you read on average per month? *
How long does it take you to read a three hundred page novel? *
Do you have a Goodreads profile? *
 If so, please paste the link in the text box. If not, type "NA"
Do you beta for another author? *
 If so, please list the author's name/pen name. If not, type "NA"
Are you a member of a street team? *
 If so, please list the author/authors' name(s). If not, type "NA"
Do you review for a Blog/Page/Group/Review team? *
Please list their names as well as their URL. If not, type "NA"
What format do you read? *
check all that apply
What device do you use to read ebooks? *
please list all the devices you use below.
What is the address to your Kindle of choice? (...@kindle.com) *
Erica Chilson provides a final copy of the beta-read book to the beta reader. Direct-to-Kindle. You MUST add wickedwriter.ericachilson@gmail.com to your approved sender list to receive your copy
Did you add wickedwriter.ericachilson@gmail.com to your approved senders list? *
Do you own a copy of Microsoft Office Word or compatible program? *
Are you familiar with WORD/compatible program. The functionality of the software for ease of use? *
The beta copy is sent as a WORD DOC. Do you have a device compatible with this type of file? *
Have you read any of Erica Chilson's titles?
please click all that apply
Are you willing to join the "Secret" Group on Facebook: Wicked Writer's Betas? *
Approved Betas MUST befriend Erica Chilson on Facebook in order to correspond via msg, and be added to the group. *
Occupation *
question is used to gauge the applicant's time to offer for the beta read
Level of education *
used as a gauge applicant's proofreading ability.
What are your strong-suits proofreading-wise? *
What do you easily spot while reading a book?
What are your short-comings proofreading-wise? *
what errors do not even fall onto your radar?
Are you able to express yourself in a constructive way without being insulting or bullying? *
Erica Chilson enjoys an open dialogue with her beta readers, however, the reader must understand that the story itself is solely up to the author. While suggestions are not only appreciated but wanted, that does not mean the suggestion will be taken.
Do you have the ability to be honest, even when you fear hurting another person's feelings? *
Tell Erica Chilson a bit about yourself. *
Your hobbies, favorite books/tv shows/movies/games, favorite foods, your family situation. Basically, what makes you tick?
By clicking yes, I agree that all my answers within this form are truthful and accurate.
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I understand that submitting this form does NOT mean I am a member of Erica Chilson's Beta reader team
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I understand that this is only the first step in a multi-step process
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By submitting this form, I acknowledge Erica Chilson may send me a "Beta Proofreading test" to my email if I am cleared through the first step of the process.
Erica Chilson will send out a proofreading test to all applicants who pass the first step in the application process.
I understand Erica Chilson will contact me if approved or not approved.
Do not contact Erica Chilson for a status update on your application. She will send out acceptance and rejection notices once the beta reader drive has completed.
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The application process goes as follows: I understand.
 1: application. 2: Beta proofreading test. 3: email or msg conversation from the author. 4: a list of rules/guidelines/dos&don'ts. 5: admission to the Wicked Writer's Betas (the Secret Group on FB) 6: your first probationary beta read
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I acknowledge the beta copy is for my eyes only. I will NOT discuss any part of the book. I will NOT leave a spoiler-filled, book-report-style review. I will NOT post snippets or teasers. I will NOT share my copy with anyone. I WILL use Wicked Writer's Betas on FB Secret Group to interact with my fellow betas, as my ONLY outlet to discuss the beta read
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Erica Chilson says thank you for taking the time to fill out this application, and for your interest in beta reading.
comments of any kind. Express yourself!
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