How do I find critical novel beta readers who won't coddle my emotions?

Post date: 2018-10-06 04:39:32
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I am on the brink of finishing my novel! I need beta readers who are willing to be cruel to be kind. How do I find them?

During my revision/editing process, Goodreads has been a constant companion, especially harsh reviews of books in my genre that have helped with "what not to do." I have three beta readers lined up, but they're friends of mine and I know they won't be as critical as strangers.

In addition to a critique of elements like plot, characterization, style, etc. I will need sensitivity readers and my beta readers need to be pro-LGBTQIAA+. The story revolves around a relationship between two men, and a major supporting character is non-binary. It's not erotica but there are "fade-to-black" scenes of intimacy between the two lovers.

To make it even more complicated, the book is set in a historical period and although I've done massive amounts of research and fact-checking, I'd be much more comfortable having an actual historian of my time period/place vet it.

I have a list of things I would like to have feedback on rather than have people give a general impression. I am not in a position to pay anyone, unfortunately. I'm more than willing to do a trade (and I can be harsh reviewer too if requested). Any suggestions for finding willing critics?
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