Beta reading comes with some unspoken rules, both for the reader and the writer. We’ve experienced readers who offer little to no help because they either do nothing but gush about our brilliance, or their critiques are harsh and unfounded. The first is the most harmful. While we all enjoy a good pat on the back, we don’t want it from our beta readers. The second, while not always harmful, makes the experience difficult, and often the critique is useless because we can’t put aside the anger or hurt feelings at the reader’s insensitive manner. On the other side, we’ve seen writers who can’t handle critiques and become defensive or hostile with the readers. Their work is genius and they dare anyone to say otherwise. Good luck keeping beta readers that way.