Beta Editing

So you’ve written a book. You’ve struggled through writer’s block and maybe even cried or screamed in frustration (believe me, I know something about it). But now it’s done. Your baby is ready to go off to the editor for a final polish—or is it? As an author myself, I know how much we love our books as if they were babies. We’re completely involved in the story, have fallen in love with the heroes and become the heroine’s best friend. And just like a mother can’t always see her children’s faults, chances are we won’t be able to see the faults in our characters or in our story. That’s what critique partners and beta readers are for.

I’d be happy to help. As an author and an avid reader, I know how to provide constructive feedback and criticism, without breaking your heart. Sure, we never want to hear our characters come off as dull and annoying, or that the story is missing conflict and isn’t engaging. But a constructive critique is what makes a book better before it hits the virtual shelves and is picked up by readers who, let’s face it, aren’t always as understanding. They don’t know how much work, sweat, and tears went behind that book they’re reading. They only want to get a good story in exchange for the money they spent. And you don’t want them to stop reading and, heaven forbid, leave a nasty review because of issues that could’ve been spotted by a fresh set of eyes, someone who’s not involved in the story the way you are.

I’ve read quite a big amount of ARCs, as well as published books, and I’ve become quite good at spotting inconsistencies that had escaped the editor’s eyes (things like: the hero’s eyes are blue in chapter 2 and brown in chapter 10; a character is referred to with another character’s name, who actually starred in the previous scene; a name is spelled in two different ways throughout the book; timeline does not match with the events). At first, I did it only for a friend, who sent me the ARCs of her books and asked to spot typos and stuff the editor had missed. Then I found I enjoyed it so much I started doing it with every ARC and even with published books I’d purchased.

I guess it’s just because as an author I tend to be a perfection freak, but I’ve now become a very attentive reader with an eagle eye. I’ve always dreamed of working in the editorial business, but since I don’t have the right qualifications, my dream has remained such. But then I realized I could be a beta reader or a critique partner for authors who don’t have one and who would like a more critical eye than a normal beta reader (who’s not an author) can provide.

So if you want to get your book critiqued and receive detailed feedback, get in touch with me. I will provide feedback on the plot (point out any plot issues, inconsistencies, etc.), characters, settings, and although I’m not an actual editor, I will spot typos and point out ‘showing vs. telling’ issues. I will also include comments and I will send you a general editorial letter with my opinion and suggestions. You must be willing to accept constructive criticism, but in the end it’s your book so you can accept or refuse my suggestions.

Since I’m just starting out, I have a fixed rate according to the type of book: short story, novella, or full-length novel. I will read romance (any subgenre), women’s fiction, romantic comedies, and chick-lit. I may occasionally accept other genres, but I reserve the right to decide according to the genre and plot of the story. I don’t read erotica, BDSM and the likes, and books with graphic violence (abuse, etc.)—sorry.

Launch rates (for a limited time only):

Short story (up to 7,500 words): 10 USD
Novelette/Novella (up to 40,000 words): 25 USD
Full-length novel (from 40,000 words to 80,000): 50 USD
Longer novel (from 80,000 up): 80 USD

If you want to try the service first, you can send me your first chapter (or up to 2,000 words) and I’ll read and critique it for free.

Turnaround time depends on the length of the book and on my schedule. If you have a fixed deadline you must meet, please say so when you contact me so I can do my best to accommodate your request. Price for rush orders: +10 USD.

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