Asking for Feedback

A few days ago, I sent off two stories to beta readers for feedback. I am alternately thrilled and terrified. I’m glad to have completed the stories, but frightened of the feedback I may or may not get.  How many of you use beta readers? Are you members of writing groups? I’m currently looking for a writing group, but I live in such a weird place right now that I think an online group might work best. Has anyone tried this?

I know many writers who never let anyone other than their editors see their work before publication, and I’m wondering if that might be a better strategy.  Right now, though, I am interested in hearing what my beta readers have to say about my work in progress. I’ll stick with this for a little while until it no longer works.  What say you, writers? What has your experience been with beta readers and feedback on your works in progress?


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