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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A beta-reader is a professional reader who goes through an edited, unpublished version of your story before it goes off to publishing/pitching.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 might not 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 to be an eclectic reader, I have come across varied genres and the numerous tropes or cliches accompanying them. This gives me an insight to what has been done a number of times and what you can do a number 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 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 analyzed.
✏ 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.
✏ 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. .
✏ 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.
✏ 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?
➨ very interested: fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, romance, mystery, thriller and contemporary
➨ slightly interested: historical fiction, graphic novel, comic script, poetry, memoir, self-help, paranormal and horror.
➨ not interested: other non-fiction, hard erotica without plot, solely religious or spiritual.
➵ I read all demographic: children’s fiction, middle-grade, young adult, and adult fiction.
BASE PRICE OF EACH TYPE OF FEEDBACK
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.
WHAT IS THE TURNAROUND TIME?
I will offer a deadline to you according to the word count (may range from one week to three weeks) but if you’re on a rush deadline, you can book a date with a minimal extra cost of $10.
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!
✔ currently, transactions are being accepted only through Paypal.
✔ refund can be requested only if the delivery is running seventy-two hours late.
✔ you can choose to pay the entire amount before service commences or pay half the amount beforehand and the rest within three days after feedback is delivered.
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!
Have a query? You can fill out the details below and I’ll get back to you asap!
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 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.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A YA FANTASY]
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 AN OWNVOICES (SOUTH-ASIAN) YA PARANORMAL 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.
[A LITERARY SHORT STORY]
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.
[YA SUPERHERO SCIENCE FICTION]
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!
[AN ADULT HISTORICAL FANTASY]
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.
[AN UPMARKET THRILLER]
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]
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.
[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!
[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
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A SCI-FI 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]
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, 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 FANATSY]
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 was a beta reader for my epic fantasy MS. First, I have yet to have a beta give me such detailed and comprehensive reviews. She was very responsive in her communication, and her feedback was clearly thought out. For my MS, she gave me very constructive and valuable feedback for each chapter.
Obviously well versed in fantasy, she helped me immensely in navigating and avoiding some of the common pitfalls inherent to the genre as well as pointing out the strengths and weaknesses for each chapter.
I especially enjoyed the little personal touches that she included such as her feelings (and POV) as a reader, discussion of tropes, and explaining potential problem areas. (Too wordy, too slow in development, character development ideas, etc.)
I would find myself as excited as a kid in a candy shop for her reviews. She clearly put a lot of time and work into providing helpful feedback and I would definitely recommend her services.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A HISTORICAL FANTASY]
Fanna reviewed the first three chapters (9.5k words) of my contemporary novel set in Singapore, with themes of betrayal, identity and friendship. She was amazingly fast, and provided sensitive insight, addressing (without prompting) concerns I had about a couple of aspects of the narrative.
Simultaneously polite and direct, Fanna is an excellent reader. I may not be implementing every suggestion she made exactly as she proposed, but every point she made was valid, and will be addressed – both in the first three chapters and throughout the novel.
In addition, she highlighted what worked well – and why, which is just as valuable. As with all advice, I will be unpicking her comments over the next few days, for practical application, but everything she wrote feels sincere and rings true, which is rare indeed.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR OPENING CHAPTERS]
I am extremely pleased with the feedback that I received from Fanna for my fantasy WIP. I highly recommend any writers to utilize her beta reading services. She was incredibly thorough and pinpointed exact parts and elements of my manuscript which she thought could use changes. I am very glad I sent her my work; her thoughts and insight have been invaluable.
While she looked at my story overall to make sure that what I was writing was flowing well, she also looked at each chapter individually and gave me recommendations based on enjoyment, writing style, characters, etc.
Something else which was very helpful: she pointed out specific instances where I forgot to italicize certain words, or where I forgot to remove others. More than just correcting typos and spelling errors, she payed attention to my word choice, which is a testament to how closely she regarded the manuscript.
She is very kind in giving helpful suggestions, and makes sure that what she is recommending is in line with the writer’s view, which I really appreciated. The feedback was extensive and thorough, and I would certainly use her beta reading services again in the future, it would be a pleasure to have her read my entire manuscript.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A SOUTH ASIAN FANTASY]
Fanna beta read the first 5K words of my manuscript, and the feedback she gave was more than I could have asked for. First- she delivered her suggestions kindly, and as a person who can sometimes be sensitive to criticism, this meant a lot to me.
She also went in depth into what worked, what didn’t, and why, as well as how readers might react to the way certain scenes play out. This was especially helpful, as many of her suggestions were on parts of my manuscript that I had completely overlooked. I highly recommended her as a beta reader and I would definitely hire her for my later work.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR THE FIRST CHAPTER]
Fanna is a great beta reader! She clearly understands the importance of story structure and character development. Every one of her critiques are useful. She was even able to pinpoint aspects that I’d hovered over and knew it didn’t /feel/ right, and she was able to put into words what was lacking. She worked quickly and was very pleasant in all our correspondence. Will be recommending to all my writer friends!
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE]
Fanna reviewed my novel and provided excellent feedback over my plot, setting, characters, and structure. Her insight into what my target audience may be thinking or like helped me a lot during the final revision, and allowed me to sprinkle in details that strengthened the scenes. All of her input was valid and made sense, and I would recommend her if you are looking for a quality and affordable beta reader. I plan on utilizing her services again with my second book.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR AN EPIC FANTASY]
Fanna did an excellent job in beta reading my author’s historical romance manuscript. She was fantastic, so easy to deal with and I have to say perfectly complied to the tight deadline provided. Fanna was honest in her feedback and her suggestions and changes were greatly appreciated. I will definitely be using Fanna for all future work, for an author, agent or a publicist working on a tight budget, Fanna is definitely worth your time.
[ON FEEDBACK FOR A HISTORICAL ROMANCE]
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will you be willing to read an incomplete manuscript? or Can I request you to beta read only a few starting chapters?
Sure! I don’t mind providing you with some helpful feedback around the start of your story. I’m also comfortable in beta reading only a bunch of chapters at a time, as and when the writer is drafting/editing it.
Do you provide a discount to repeat buyers? or I would like you to be my long-term beta reader; do I get a discount for ordering again?
No. Discounts are usually seasonal, often random, but at the start of most months, I do offer around 20% off for the first few orders of that month. Make sure to keep checking this thread on Goodreads for a discount!
What format will you accept a manuscript in?
Anything that’s compatible with most reading devices, but I do prefer .doc or .pdf files.
I can’t make a payment through Paypal. Is there another platform you can accept payments through?
Smaller payments [around $50 or less] can be sent as a donation through my Ko-Fi page, but for larger amounts, as of now, only Paypal is preferred.
Do you provide free samples?
No. Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t allow me to do a sample beta read but there are two samples listed on this page that do a great job of giving a writer an idea about what they’re paying for.