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 and review 200+ books per year (in addition to my beta reading projects).

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 every 10 or 15 days depending on the length of the manuscript 

My Genre

  • I like to read all genre in fiction category including erotica and reverse harem.
  • 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$0.001 per word

Rushed charges are US$20 for manuscripts less than 90k words and US$25 for more than 90k words

ALPHA READING SERVICES (FIRST DRAFT/WIP)

  • Charges for alpha reading with content suggestions would be US$0.002 per word.

FOR RE-READING THE BOOKS

  • Charges are US$0.0005 per word along with chapter wise feedback with your questions directly answered on the manuscript.

PROOFREADING 

This includes

  • Correcting spelling and punctuation directly on the manuscript 
  • This is GENERALLY for complete manuscripts for the final check 

Charges for proofreading are US$0.002 per word

Rushed charges are US$30 for manuscripts less than 90k words and US$35 for more than 90k

BETA READING + LINE EDITING + PROOFREADING 

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 tenses

Charges for the complete package of beta reading and line editing is US$0.005 per word. 

Rushed charges would increase by US$60 depending on the word count 

PROOFREADING + LINE EDITING

  • Time taken would depend on the word count and the amount of work needed in the manuscript.
  • Charges would be US$0.004 per word.
  • Rushed charges would increase by US$50 depending on the word count

LINE EDITING WITH REWRITING 

  • This includes editing and rewriting lines to make the prose flow smoother 
  • Time taken would depend on the amount of work needed in the manuscript
  •  A sample editing and rewriting of 2 pages would be done to see if our styles match before taking up the work
  • Charges would be US$0.008 per word

 

BOOK BLOG TOUR

 

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

CONTACT DETAILS
Shalini
Email: digitalreadslibrary@outlook.com with the subject title BETA READING

  • I will start my work on your book only after the payment reaches me.
  • I take full advance payment due to the 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 due to increased hidden charges by PayPal

Shalini