Beta Reading

Beta reading and critiquing

I have been beta reading and editing non-fiction work for the past few years, and it’s been four years now that I have been beta reading/proofreading as a freelancer for both fiction and non-fiction.

I have the utmost respect for all authors, their hard work, and their creation.

No part of the manuscript would be shared with anyone and after completing my work, I would delete it totally from my devices.

My aim

It takes guts and confidence to put up your work for beta reading and editing. It would be my honor to read your book and help you to make it shine.

I work very hard on my beta reading projects, and my feedbacks are my opinions as a reader.

I read 200+ books per year (along with my beta reading projects), now for more than 20 years.

I will send you a detailed overall feedback of the strong and weak points of the manuscript along with the reasons.

I am generally very polite in my wordings. I point out the good and the bad. They are my views as a reader.

My terms

  • The manuscript has to be sent in Word format
  • A short synopsis or blurb is a must
  • I would like to know beforehand about any sexual violence or child abuse
  • I take about 4 to 6 weeks for a 50k manuscript (I am generally faster than that, but sometimes unforeseeable circumstances occur)
  • I would be in touch with my author with updates

My Genre

  • I like to read all genre in fiction category including light erotica.
  • I also read non-fiction, self-help, textbooks, and memoirs.
  • Kindly let me know the genre along with a short synopsis and your target audience in the mail you send.

My Testimonials

My testimonials are found both in the Testimonials section here and on Goodreads.

Kindly do check the Acknowledgements by various authors in their books.

SERVICES

BETA READING 

This includes

  • My overall feedback on the plot, pace, and writing
  • Checking the consistency of the characters, their emotions, and their appropriate reactions
  • Story flow and plot development
  • Any questions you may have
  • Chapter wise critique on Microsoft Word track changes

Charges for pure beta reading is US$0.0009 per word

COMPLETE PACKAGE OF BETA READING + LIGHT EDITING 

I use Microsoft Word track changes for this.

This includes

  • Correcting spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Correcting similar sounding words
  • Correcting words which are repeatedly used in a sentence and throughout the story
  • Correcting the change in style and tenses

Charges for the complete package of beta reading and light editing is US$0.002 per word.

PROOFREADING 

This includes

  • Correcting spelling and punctuation directly on the manuscript 
  • Kindly do not combine this with beta reading, this is ONLY for selected manuscripts for the final check 

Charges for only proofreading is US$0.001 per word

RUSHED DELIVERY SERVICES

For manuscripts less than 90k words

  • For pure beta reading, charges would increase by US$15
  • For only proofreading, charges would increase by US$15
  • For the complete package, charges would increase by US$30

For manuscripts more than or equal to 90k words

  • For pure beta reading, charges would increase by US$20
  • For only proofreading, charges would increase by US$20
  • For the complete package, charges would increase by US$40

BETA READING WITH DETAILED LINE EDITING

  • Charges would be US$0.0025 per word.
  • Time taken would depend on the word count and the amount of work needed in the manuscript.
  • For rushed delivery, charges would increase depending on the word count up to US$50

ALPHA READING SERVICES (FIRST DRAFT/WIP)

  • Charges for alpha reading would be US$0.0012 per word.

FOR RE-READING THE BOOKS

  • Charges are US$0.00055 per word along with chapter wise feedback with your questions directly answered on the manuscript.

BOOK BLOG TOUR

PAYMENT
Payment is via PayPal through my page directly
http://www.paypal.me/ShaliniGopal

CONTACT DETAILS
Shalini
Email: dr.svg@outlook.com

  • I will start my work on your book only after the payment reaches me.
  • I take full advance payment due to misdemeanors of a couple of authors.
  • No refund
  • One discussion on mail is free of charge after you receive my feedbacks.
  • If the book is part of a series, do send me the previous book in mobi format, so that it would be easier for me to understand the characters.

Disclaimer

  • I will read your book 3 times, depending on the amount of work needed and give my best on each manuscript. But being human, errors may be missed sometimes.
  • During beta reading, the feedback and suggestions are all mine, based on my understanding of your story
  • My rates have increased minimally due to increased charges by PayPal

Shalini