WHO IS A BETA READER?
A beta-reader is a professional reader who goes through an edited, unpublished version of your story before it goes off to publishing/pitching. It’s basically a critique on all things that your reader would or wouldn’t like in your work. For example, the protagonist changes drastically through the story–without the character development. Bam! Now you know what you need to work on.
WHY DO I NEED A BETA READER?
Unless you’re the most perfect person on Earth (which I strongly doubt) you need a beta reader. While an editor can fix all your typos and sharpen your sentences, they won’t look at your manuscript through a reader’s eye. You wouldn’t know that the protagonist is the most underdeveloped character or worse, no one believes in your villain’s motive. The readers would tear this apart once it hits the shelves. Allow me to do that beforehand and polish your baby for the real world.
WHY DO I NEED YOU AS MY BETA READER?
I’m an avid reader who has been reading for quite some time now. Considering myself an eclectic reader, I have come across varied genres and the numerous tropes/cliches accompanying them. This gives me an insight to what has been done a ton of times and what you can do a ton of times. Plus, character development, overall plot, pacing, and genre relativity among others are areas I strongly critique on. You can get a hint of those in my reviews. In fact, I’m a writer myself and have a gist of what a story needs more or less of.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM YOU, AS A BETA READER?
✏ When you hand over your manuscript to me, you can be assured it won’t be disclosed (not even the title or author name) unless you give me the permission to do so. I’m also up for signing an NDA if that’s more like you.
✏ I do sound conversational and a bit humorous in my writing but I can assure you, I work as professionally as a person being paid is supposed to. I’m also easy to communicate so you can expect exactly what you want for your project. Work flexibility is my trait so things can always be worked out.
✏ I will read your MS from a reader’s viewpoint and give a detailed, in-depth feedback on what was excellent, what was lagging, and what is strongly suggested to be done.
✏ Pacing, plot holes, character development, world-building and overall plot will be analysed.
✏ Specific solutions and creative input will be provided without changing the author’s vision or voice.
✏ The feedback can either be as a chapter-by-chapter or a general, comprehensive take on the manuscript. I’m also open to answering specific questions. But you need to specifically choose which type of feedback you would like. Read on to find out!
✏ While I won’t be diligently proofreading your work for grammar, spelling, and punctuation (that’s a job for the editor) I would certainly point out consistent errors or errors that might’ve missed the eye of an editor. For example, using an Oxford comma for the first half of the story and not the other half.
✏ I will not provide a line-by-line critique. That’s something I offer in my critique services if that’s what you’re looking for.
✏ I will not ghostwrite bits and pieces of your story. I do provide creative suggestions but they are not something you’re forced to accept. Though, I do offer ghostwriting at a base price of 20 cents/word.
✏ All my feedback will be delivered in a constructive manner and would, in no way, be intended to belittle you or your writing.
WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU READ?
Like I said, I’m an eclectic reader and would read almost anything. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Non Fiction, Graphic Novels, Comics, and others. Specifically, I won’t read: Hard Erotica, Religion/Spiritual, Poetry and Children’s Fiction.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
That depends on the type of feedback you’re opting for.
Overall, General Feedback
This focuses on plot, characters, pacing, setting, and writing along with other technicalities like reader relatability, current market trends, and relevance of tropes. This is perfect for those who would like a broad feedback on their work; it’ll allow you to make decisions on whether this manuscript should be continued or not, what you can focus on in the next stages of drafting, and other early conclusions.
The cost would be $1 for every 1000 words with a minimum of $5 to start with. For example, if your MS is of 2000 words, it actually costs $2 but it would be costing $5 since the word count is lesser than the minimum.
Answers To Specific Questions
Honest, constructive answers to what the writer wishes the beta-reader to focus on and provide feedback on. There’s no maximum limit to the questions but 10-15 are considered usual. This is perfect for those who are worrying about certain aspects of their work; it allows you to guide the beta-reader’s eyes yourself.
The cost would be $1.2 for every 1000 words with a minimum of $8 to start with. For example, if your MS is of 5000 words, it actually costs $6 but it would be costing $8 since the word count is lesser than the minimum.
A chapter-by-chapter reader analysis that focuses on individual parts of your book to help you specifically understand where there’s a possibility of improvement and what works tremendously well. This is perfect for those who are in further stages of developing the story or are positive about their early drafts and want a more cohesive feedback for the next draft; it’ll allow you to get more specific solutions and a feedback that spots the difficult-to-point-out mistakes.
The cost would be $1.5 for every 1000 words with a minimum of $10 to start with. For example, if your MS is of 5000 words, it actually costs $7.5 but it would be costing $10 since the word count is lesser than the minimum.
I also offer discounts to repeat buyers and those who order an additional revision. This may vary according to the changes you might have done. If there are specific scenes you want me to look again, we can take the service forward for that particular amount of words.
I will offer a deadline to you according to my free slots but if you’re on a rush deadline, you can book a date with a minimal extra cost of $30.
If you’re on a budget and can’t afford the above cost, feel free to still send me a email and we can work things out. Like I said, I’m flexible in terms of working as a creative enthusiast and would love to help out an author!
All payments are non-refundable and will be made through Paypal. Payment will be done before commencing the beta read because this virtual world can be pretty bad when it comes to freelancing.
WHAT FORMAT WOULD YOU ACCEPT MY MANUSCRIPT IN?
Anything except for a print copy. Shipping can be a hassle and I don’t like to delay a committed work so I prefer a .doc or .pdf file.
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD NOT DO WITH YOUR FEEDBACK?
You will never publish my feedback or use it as a justification for any changes made to your manuscript. For example, if I suggest you to change a few characters’ dialogue to make them sound more distinctive, you cannot use me as an excuse to justify your action if someone ever questions why your characters sound so awesomely different and real. *wink, wink*
ALRIGHT, I’M SOLD! I WANT YOU AS MY BETA READER! WHAT SHOULD I DO?
That’s great! Just fill out this form and wait for my reply with the quotes and confirmation. If you wish to discuss the rates or any other specifics, you can email me first. But please make sure to add ‘Beta Reading’ in the subject of your e-mail so it doesn’t go unnoticed. Looking forward to working with you!
Fanna did a great job in beta reading my light-hearted contemporary romantic novella. Her feedback was honest, thorough and covered all such aspects as storyline, story flow, characterisation, writing style, POV, dialogues, pacing and so on. I’m sure her comments will help me a lot in improving my novella. Thank you, Fanna!
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A ROMANCE NOVELLA]
Fanna gave me some great insight on my book “Deceitful Survival” and I was able to make changes to my final edit.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A HISTORICAL FICTION]
A great reader who did a superb job: read carefully, gave honest opinions, and did so in a very timely manner. Everything one could hope for in a beta reader!
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A FAIRY TALE RETELLING]
Professional and helpful; a great beta reader.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A PARANORMAL ROMANCE]
Fanna’s feedback was both helpful and insightful. She complimented the areas that were interesting and cohesive while also pointing out aspects of the story that could use improvement. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a beta reader!
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A YA FANTASY]
Fanna worked on my manuscript and her feedback was very helpful. She let me know what she, as a reader, was thinking, and then gave me specific feedback on what I could alter to make the text more readable. What I really appreciated most was her specific suggestions for making the manuscript better. Instead of just saying, “you should change this,” she suggests what you could change it to, and why. I really enjoyed working with her!
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A YA FANTASY]
Fanna’s input is informative and helpful, especially working with someone as eccentric as I am. I appreciate the added suggestions to areas in need of improvement. I find this to be one of the most invaluable aspects of her feedback, since it is not always common with beta readers. She gives detailed yet focused feedback on character development, pacing, plot, consistency, dialogue, and clarity. I also highly appreciate her attentiveness to genre-specific cliches or overused tropes. Would recommend to anyone in need of a beta.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A YA SUPERHERO-SCIENCE FICTION]
Fanna reviewed the first two chapters of my book. Her feedback is detailed and to the point. A good beta can guide writers in the right direction in terms of revision. You should definitely try her out.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR AN UPMARKET THRILLER]
The amount of work that Fanna does for her price is astounding. Her feedback addressed the problems I suspected with my manuscript, and she even mentioned what she believes the market would think of it (she mentioned she has friends who work in the publishing industry so understands it well.) I recommend her to anyone looking for a beta reader. If you have a deadline for your feedback, do mention it. It did take a bit longer than she originally guessed for my ms–but as I said–she does a lot of work!
[ON FEEDBACK FOR AN ADULT HISTORICAL FANTASY]
I was so impressed with Fanna’s work as a beta reader. She really helped me out when I was looking for a readers impression of my first rough draft just to see if I should keep on the story I was writing. I sent her the first 7 Chapters (18,000 words) and she got back to me within 4 days with a full two page review. She gave me great insight into what the reader is thinking during the story, what parts work well, and where things need to be corrected or can be improved upon. I can tell she really works hard to give you thorough and thoughtful feedback that is instrumental in assisting a writer complete an enjoyable book.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A ROMANTIC SHORT STORY]
Fanna is easy and fun to work with, offering a critical eye and much needed perspective. She is exceptionally skilled and well worth the price. I will definitely work with her again.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A YA FANTASY]
I had the pleasure of working with Fanna on one of my short stories. She provided a full page of detailed feedback with constructive criticism and specific ways to improve certain issues, and a list of what worked well in the story. Her price is really affordable and her feedback is useful and detailed. I will definitely work with her again. My only quibble is the feedback took longer to come back than originally agreed on, but otherwise, my experience with Fanna was great. Hire her!
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A PARANORMAL, SCI-FI SHORT STORY]
I had Fanna read the first two chapters of my book to see if I was off to a good start. Found her comments very helpful. She pointed out some problems with my flow and gave me good suggestions on how to fix it. I recommend her services.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A SCI-FI FANTASY]
Fanna gives excellent, detailed and helpful feedback at a excellent value. I would recommend her to anyone who is in need of a beta reader
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A YA FANTASY]
Fanna responded to my request for feedback very quickly with detailed, thoughtful and precise comments relating to pacing, narrative viewpoint and genre conventions. Highly recommended.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A MURDER MYSTERY]
Good feedback and very fast turnaround time.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A SPECULATIVE FICTION]
Fanna gave quality feedback, a quick return and it was a really friendly and pleasant experience in general. I would definitely recommend.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A SCI-FI DYSTOPIA]
Fanna’s feedback on my manuscript was very helpful! She provided me with an honest reader report and a few suggestions to help me improve my story! Thank you, Fanna.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A YA SCI-FI ROMANCE]
Hi Fanna. Thank you for beta reading the first 2k words of my manuscript. Your comments were incredibly useful, showed that you properly thought about the writing, and I appreciate the honest feedback.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A WAR FANTASY]
Hi Fanna! You helped me out immensely in navigating the beginning of my story. Thank you for pointing out the strengths and weaknesses, as well as suggesting opportunities and ways to improve my writing. Your feedback has given me confidence to plunge into the editing phase, so thank you again!
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A HISTORICAL ROMANCE]
Fanna beta read a contemporary romance for me. She was prompt in her communication most of the time, and her overall report was detailed and clearly well-thought out. I appreciate being able to see that she puts a lot of time and work into providing helpful feedback and can recommend her services.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A YA ROMANCE]
Fanna offers extraordinary service considering her price. For my short story, she gave me one and a half pages of constructive and valuable feedback. Well worth it for any decent writer with a tight budget.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A LITERARY SHORT STORY]
I used Fanna’s beta reading service (the general feedback category) for my OwnVoices YA manuscript (“Your Heart After Dark”). She provided pointed feedback for my concerns about story pacing, possible plot holes, and overall readability. She was easy to communicate with and delivered on her promise. Thanks for the quick turnaround and accepting the project on such short notice!
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A OWNVOICES (SOUTH-ASIAN) YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE]