Sunday, February 8, 2015

On Selecting Beta Readers . . .

This week, I'd like to direct you to an excellent article by Debbie Reese, of American Indians in Children's Literature. If you are not familiar with this blog, please do take some time to browse. There are TONS of helpful resources and insights for writers.

But today's post, Dear Writers and Editors: Some Cautions About Selecting Beta Readers, deals specifically with the thought process behind selecting beta readers. Please do read it.

In her post, Debbie links to Walk Softly and Listen Carefully, a publication from the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and Montana State University's Center for Native Health Partnerships. I had not heard of this publication before, but it is a great overview for mindset when working with Native Nations.

Much good food for thought on this sunny Sunday.

Dance Fan by Kara Stewart, Art in Photography


  1. Thanks, Kara. Good to know. It's not fair to infringe on others' rights.

    By the way, several times I have experienced a problem trying to click on your link in the subject line of the SCBWI-C listserv. I have found it best to post the link first. That way, it isn't cut short. I hope this helps.

    1. Thanks, Linda, for the heads up! I also post the link in the message itself. I thought the purpose of posting it in the subject area was just to alert people that it was a blog post so they could skip it or read it, as they please.
      And then the link in the body of the post is the one that people click on?

  2. Thanks, Kara! I recently completed a middle grade novel called Brave. I've had a Native American beta reader, but now, after reading your post, think I may have another. It's extremely important to me to honor the Native American people and their culture.

    1. Thanks, Jeanne! Please do check out all the great resources on the rest of the American Indians in Children's Literature. If you are interested, I also have a 5 part traveling blog series, Indian 101 for Writers at


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