Beta Reading Service
What is a Beta Reader?
A Beta Reader reads an author’s manuscript before it is sent to an editor and offers constructive criticism focusing on the flow of the story, characterization, dialogue, and potential plot holes.
Why do you need a Beta Reader?
All authors need multiple Beta Readers to help improve their craft. Without them, an author cannot obtain objective feedback on the story and could potentially pay more in editing costs because of the level of effort needed to improve it.
Why do I offer this service?
Good, objective Beta Readers can be difficult to find. Writing workshops can be fun but are also expensive and time consuming. Taking a week off of work to get constructive criticism is not something every author can afford.
Why should you hire me to Beta Read your manuscript?
I am an avid reader.
I’ve been reviewing books for years. I’ve been a part of the reviewing team for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock.
I’m not squeamish about issuing my opinions. When reviewing, I don’t give 5/5 stars easily but I also do not give everything a 1 star. If you look through my past reviews you will find that I usually say why I like or don’t like something.
I also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing so I know what it takes to write a book. I understand the dedication and time it takes to write.
Read your story from the perspective of a reader, not an editor. This means I don’t look for things like specific grammar errors but I will point out if I noticed a significant number of mistakes.
Offer constructive criticism about characterization, dialogue, pacing, and look for plot inconsistencies.
Offer ideas on how to improve the story.
Try to work within your time frame or give you a reasonable estimate as to how long the job will take me.
Expect you to accept my constructive feedback with an open mind.
I Will Not:
Publicly post the feedback that I offer. Beta Reading is different from a public review.
Offer suggestions that take away your “voice” as an author.
Attempt to rewrite your work for you.
Copy edit or proofread your story. That is not what a Beta Reader does.
$0.003 per word with a $10 minimum. For example, a 20,000 word novella would be $60. A 5,000 word short story would be $15. A 2,000 word short story would be $10 because it falls below the minimum. I use PayPal and will send you an invoice for half the payment before I begin work. Prior to delivery of the final critique, I will send an invoice for the balance. Rates will increase for rush requests.
Each read through is comprehensive and complete. Rates are on a per draft basis. This means if the author reworks the same story and wants an opinion on the new draft, another fee will be charged.
Questions? Ready to Hire Me?
Send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form on the Contact Page with the genre and length of your manuscript and your desired turnaround time. Please place “Book Beta Reading” in the subject line so it does not get sent to spam by accident. I’ll respond with my current schedule and we can discuss the project further.