Originally Posted by Bebop3
Have you ever solicited beta-readers from the comments section of your stories?
Was that successful? Do you have any other suggestions on finding beta-readers?
I did exactly that for my last story. I PMed a reader who had commented on several of my stories over the years. He wasn't always complimentary, but he was nearly always right about what worked and what didn't in my stories. I had read his comments about other writers as well.
His suggestions for the last story were very helpful, though I couldn't use all of them in the final story. I'll ask him again to read early drafts of the next story, though I work VERY SLOWLY so it might be weeks, months or even years until the next. Real life is often far more interesting than mere fiction.