Finding Beta Readers

Any of you successful in finding betas? It's easy for fanfic because you have something people already like the material but I haven't been able to find one for my original work. This is somewhat frustrating because my edited fanfics have greater quality, no errors, skillful wordplay, and better flow, so I know what I'm missing. Advice?


I can't vouch for quality, but most fiction-hosting sites have people who volunteer to beta read. I'm thinking Royal Road and FictionPress when I say this. Additionally, if you join fan groups for the genre you're writing in, there will probably also be people who would volunteer.


I've had some success with Beta swaps on Reddit's r/writing community. It doesn't cost money and since you only have to beta read the other person's story if they beta read yours, it's not too much of a time sink, either. You'll probably get volunteers who agree to do it but then never actually get around to it, so I'd recommend doing a feedback swap after the first chapter, then again after a set number of chapters or words.


Edit to add: also request to see a sample before you agree to beta read something to make sure it's a manuscript you can get through in a reasonable amount of time.


Scribophile is another good online option, but something I never hear suggested enough is trying to find a local, in-person group. MeetUp, Kijiji, Craigslist, or just about any place that talks about clubs could be a goldmine in connecting you with other writers, some of whom may be perfect to trade work with.


There is a facebook community that has been the epitome of an awesome writers group, but in large scale, that I've been digging lately. Its called Ninja Writers (the moderator is Shaunta Grimes, to make sure you find the right one). THey are actually doing a beta swap right now today on the page. In addition, people post short chunks or general questions all the time and get really good feedback.