I was so surprised and thought there was no way a rough draft of mine was getting out into the world. Nope, not a chance. Let's face it, rough drafts stink! But, after thinking it over for a while I realized that rough drafts are perfect for beta reading.
Think about it for a minute.
You have a polished manuscript that you have spent a ridiculous amount of time writing and editing. You have spent so much time making it perfect. Then you send it out into the world of beta reading and it comes back with notations all over it. Things you missed and need to fix, maybe a plot hole, or a character that's hard for the reader to create a bond with.
Now you have major revisions to jump back into.
However, if you were to send it out as a rough draft, or shortly thereafter, you will not have spent as much time editing and polishing, only to do it all over again. This is the route I decided to take with Barely There. I sent it out a few months ago to beta readers. All in hopes that I wouldn't have to waste time double editing.
I did edit it, however, but not to the extent that I might have if I was trying to get it to the polished zone. I made sure it wasn't a complete disaster before I sent it out.
Your Turn -> What are your thoughts on the state of a manuscript before you send it out to beta readers?