Beta Reading

You've worked hard on your book and are looking for feedback before you publish so you can gauge how readers will react to it.

Let me help!

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Think of a beta read as similar to a beta test for a software program—but for books. Beta readers give authors feedback before publication, in order to find out if there are any major plot holes, continuity issues, and other problems that can be embarrassing once a book is published. Beta readers note their reactions to the following:

  • characters

  • plot

  • pace

  • readability

  • continuity

. . . and other story elements.

The beta reader will then tell the author both problems and things that work well.

Beta reading cannot take the place of:

  • manuscript critique

  • developmental editing

  • copy editing

  • proofreading

If you hire me for a beta read, I will stay in scope, but I am also happy to provide editing services for an additional fee.

And if you decide all you want to hire me for is a beta read, that is totally fine! My job is to serve authors the best way I can in ways they are comfortable with.

By hiring a professional beta reader, you're getting a professional level of service a free beta reader may not be able to provide, such as:

  • an expert who knows what to look for

  • someone who knows how to give feedback constructively and objectively

  • someone who will commit to giving you the feedback within the time promised

By paying for a professional-level beta read, authors are paying for a professional service for a relatively small investment of time and money.

Beta reading is a very affordable service, making it attractive to budget-conscious authors.

I charge $1 per 1,000 words, rounded up.

Examples:

52,465 words = $53

76,891 words = $77

120,340 words = $121


Affordable, right?

See my subject and genre expertise below, and fill out my form to get started!



Subject and Genre Expertise

Nonfiction: art, photography, paranormal, cryptozoology, spiritual development, intuition, inspirational, transformational stories, law of attraction, manifesting, personal development, mindset, self-help

Fiction: general mysteries, cozy mysteries, police procedurals, paranormal/supernatural mysteries, thrillers, scifi/fantasy, romance, historical fiction, contemporary fiction

Ready for Your Beta Read?

Please fill out this form and let's get started!

I am currently booking beta reads for Q4 2021.

I look forward to helping you with your book!