What Should You Send to Beta Readers?

Cookies and beer would be a good place to start, but you probably wouldn’t be able to get the media mail rate on that. Here’s what I did. 

On February 1st, I mailed five packages to the brave souls who had previously agreed to beta read The End of the Iron Age, Book 2. I wanted to make their life easier, so in addition to a spiral-bound version of Book 2, I also included

  • Instructions on the kind of feedback I was looking for
  • A synopsis of Book 1 
  • A red ink pen (aka the red pen of doom)
  • 1 prepaid media mail sticker.
  • Pre-printed return labels
  • Two copies of Book 1

Including two-way shipping, the total cost for each beta reader pack was just under $23. Not bad.


Last minute photo of beta reader packs taken at post office

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