Should beta readers be paid?
A surprising number of online beta readers say no.
A random sampling and questioning in various online beta reader forums reveal that many online beta readers say that they do it for free or for “love.”
A typical response was from James Eggebeen in the Facebook Beta Reader Writers Club, who wrote, “You should be able to find beta readers who do it for the sheer joy of it. If someone here asks for payment, run the other way….”
BetaReader.us have always thought that even a small amount of compensation was warranted ($20 for a full manuscript) and that professionals should be able to use the bulletin board to offer and receive their established rate for reading, editing, book design, etc.