Testimonials

Samscript, 13th July 2019 at 06:43 am on Goodreads 

Budding Author 

I signed up for Goodreads to find Beta Readers. I’m very happy that I found this thread full of praise for Shalini’s reading service. I have nothing more to add that hasn’t been said here already. She’s excellent. Very thorough, very fast, very affordable. I don’t know of many beta readers who will read your novel multiple times at her price. I was very pleased with the service, and I highly recommend her.

Sam Noon

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Author of Father Figure

Proofreading is both a science and an art form. Some readers, like Shalini @DigitalReads, are phenomenal at it. I’m always shocked at how often she’ll locate the smallest of issues or grammatical errors in one of my early drafts. Whether it’s a misplaced comma, a repetitive word, or an overused piece of information, she makes it a point to highlight anything and everything that might be a potential concern. Then, she takes it a step further by discussing the high priority items versus low hang hanging fruit. By the time she’s finished reading your book across several rounds and through various approaches, you are assured it’s as clean as it can possibly be. Kudos to this talented expert for everything she’s proved to be stellar at… thank you!

James J Cudney

Mario Fasce, 30th June 2019 at 01:08 am on mail 

Budding Author 

I highly recommend Shalini as a beta reader. Her feedback was very honest, detailed and will help improve my writing tremendously. She keeps you updated on her reading status, something that is very valuable, and I will seek in the future as I think she’s one of the best beta readers on Goodreads. I thank her a million for her honesty and detail. 

Mario Fasce

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Leslie Georgeson, 27th June 2019 at 03:24 pm on Goodreads 

Author of The Tracker 

I made an amazing discovery when I found Shalini here on Goodreads about a year and a half ago. She has helped me polish each of my manuscripts, pointing out any issues with plot, characterization, dialogue or internal monologue…In short, she is by far the best beta reader I have ever worked with. She has also become a dear friend who has greatly enriched my life. I highly recommend her to everyone who has written a book. So before you publish, contact Shalini. She’ll help you to make sure your book is the best that it can be. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Leslie Georgeson

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Cassie W, 1st June 2019 at 07:00pm on Goodreads 

Budding Author

If you need feedback FAST, Shalini is the way to go. Before I knew it, she had my entire book done in a matter of days. The only thing holding her back was me! Don’t believe me? Try emailing her. She got back to me within an hour of initially contacting her, waaaay faster than any other beta-reader I contacted.

And the quality of her input was very extensive. She not only goes through the manuscript making in-line comments and fixing obvious grammatical errors, her critique report goes over all the major points in your book, such as initial hook, the MC and other characters, plot, pace, world-building, dialogue and much, much more!

She went above and beyond all my expectations and I will undeniably be working with her for future projects.

 

Cassandra Wilson

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Red Hope/ Lillian, 27th May 2019 at 03:32am on mail 

Author of Thora and The Triple L

I have hired Shalini multiple times to handle copy editing and proof reading of my lesbian fiction manuscripts and been extremely pleased every time. All of her work on a manuscript is detailed, clear, and thorough. Also being dedicated, Shalini completes the work on time or ahead of schedule. She is quick to reply to my email and answer any questions. I look forward to hiring Shalini for many more future manuscripts, knowing its last stop prior to publishing is being handled professionally by Shalini. Thank you so much, Shalini!

Red Hope

Hakun, 29th May 2019 at 06:55pm on Goodreads and on mail

Author of Knowledge series

Shalini was a proper god-send.

After anguishing over a series of books that went well beyond my initial estimate she pointed out swathes of prose that had little or no bearing on the plot; she exposed actors that were either unnecessary or too stereotypical and all wrapped up in a very detailed summary.

Shalini is very analytical and above and beyond, the most helpful individual I could have hoped for with beta reading. She caught many things that put my writing in the perspective from any reader when it comes to backstories, plot holes, actor inconsistencies, pace and many more things that had become lost to me as the my writing had taken so long.

I would recommend Shalini to anyone who less than extremely accomplished writers.

Hakun Kamminga

James, 8th May 2019 at 02:42am on Goodreads 

Budding Author

Shalini is an excellent beta reader, perfect in fact. She is conscientious, thorough and honest. I felt Shalini really wanted to help make my work the best it could be. Thank you so much for all your feedback!

James Beedle

Carissa Atrianty, 15th April 2019 at 11:40pm on Goodreads 

Budding Author 

My best friend, who’s also an aspiring writer, recommended me to Shalini. I can’t stress enough just how fantastic Shalini is as beta reader! I’m satisfied with the results she delivered. She truly invested herself into my manuscript, having felt the characters inside and out: such traits you don’t often find in every beta reader. She’s also very generous in giving feedback and pointed out what works, what doesn’t work, and how to improve the manuscript to make it in a way more presentable for publication. I love the quick turnover rate, which is helpful especially for writers who are on deadlines. I’d highly recommend Shalini and I always look forward to working with her again. 

Carissa Atrianty

Gen Ramsay, 9th April 2019 at 10:36am on Goodreads 

Budding Author 

Shalini just did an amazing beta- read of my manuscript. Her feedback was concise and positive. I still have a lot of work to do however I know where I need to go, thanks to Shalini!

Gen Ramsay

Kate Chenli, 6th April 2019 at 09:11pm on Goodreads 

Budding Author 

I hired Shalini again to read some problematic scenes she pointed out. Once again, she gave amazingly detailed critique and nuanced feedback. And she was super fast!!! Will hire her again for my next book.

Kate Chenli

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Raul Quintana Selleras, 6th April 2019 at 05:23pm on Goodreads 

Author of Filosofia Fragmentada

Shalini was a joy to work with. She edited my manuscript and fleshed out some scenes. Very responsive and professional; I’d recommend her without hesitation. 

Raul Quintana Selleras

Kate Chenli, 2nd April 2019 at 12:10am on Goodreads 

Budding Author 

Shalini is an amazing beta reader. She’s very thorough with both the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript. She’s precise and thoughtful and always delivers earlier than expected. She’s very quick to answer my follow-up questions (does she ever sleep? :)) and gives me great suggestions on how to fix the problems. I would highly recommend her service to anyone. 

Kate Chenli

Josh Torres, 1st April 2019 at 12:58am on Goodreads 

Budding Author 

Shalini’s feedback was concise and on point. From her report, I understood what sort of big-picture changes I needed to make to my novel and from her side comments on the novel, I was able to see what worked and what didn’t on a smaller scope. She is very helpful and was willing to go over how I could fix my novel and give feedback and suggestions based on my ideas. I would recommend the service to anyone. It’s clear Shalini knows what she’s talking about when it comes to character development, pacing, and plot as she’s read so many books, so her feedback is the best it can be. 

Josh Torres

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James J Cudney, 25th March 2019 at 12:34am on mail

Author of Academic Curveball

Authors rely on alpha and beta readers to help with a tremendous variety of tasks while they’re writing a novel. Sometimes, it’s character or plot analysis. Other times, it’s providing feedback on word choice, verifying the consistency of events, or suggesting when pacing is off. And quite often, it’s detailed proofreading to locate missing words, duplicate phrases, out of order items, spelling issues, or grammatical errors. Digital Reads has provided all these services and more for three books in my latest series, the Braxton Campus Mysteries.

Shalini is an incredibly focused reader who’s reviewed and analyzed at least three drafts of each book to date. She takes great time to consider all angles, including pushing me to decide why I’ve included a red herring or chosen specific details in describing a setting or character. She understands how to offer feedback that is neutral, rather than stating what she does or doesn’t like, by showing me where I should spend time revisiting what I’m trying to achieve in a specific scene. This is the kind of beta reader we all need supporting a book in its early and final stages — one who loves what she does and knows how to be a partner.

Beyond suggesting places I might want to change or edit, Shalini provides dozens of comments on what elements are working well in the story. I love reading her thoughts (tracked in comments throughout my work) on a first draft because she reveals what’s percolating inside head along the path. Then, when she discovers what was really happening in the scene, she can reflect back with clever insight and detailed opinions. I highly recommend Digital Reads Library without any hesitation, and I plan to continue working with her on each new book I write.

James J Cudney

Griselda Puspa, 11th March 2019 at 07:03pm on Goodreads

Author of If Writing Is All I Have 

I used Shalini’s Alpha Reading service because I read the comments on this Goodreads post. Shalini gave an excellent service that gave both the comprehensive report and detailed comments. If you want to know what works in your manuscript what doesn’t, then ask Shalini’s service. I highly recommend Shalini. 

Griselda Puspa

Marshaun Olaniyan, 21st February 2019 at 11:30pm on Goodreads 

Budding Author 

Shalini was an awesome Beta Reader. She went over and beyond the call of duty! She was extremely fast with an edited document and a finished manuscript. This is my first book and I’m so glad she was recommended to me! She even made the book sound like me without all the repeated phrases. I would highly recommend her and her editing skills. She responded quickly whenever I had a question or concern! If you want your manuscript looked over and meticulously edited, choose Shalini. I’m currently working on my 2nd book and I will use Shalini and her professionalism again for sure. 

Marshaun Olaniyan

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Victoria Bell, 17th February 2019 at 08:01am on Goodreads

Budding Author 

I *cannot believe* how lucky I was to find Shalini. She read my 86K-word novel super fast but so, so thoroughly — she understood exactly what I was trying to do with it, and her feedback is going to help me strengthen it so much. She is a generous, deep reader, who gave me tons of enthusiastic, kind and supportive notes. She zeroed in on the things I was worried about in the manuscript and found other things besides (in the best way), not hesitating to tell me where she got lost or what wasn’t working for her, while also telling me exactly what is working. I will definitely be working with Shalini again!

Victoria Bell

Kat Devitt, 8th February 2019 at 08:25am

Author published in magazines

Shalini is the second set of eyes my stories often needs. She’s read four manuscripts for me, all short stories, and she solidifies my respect for her beta reading skills each time. She’s wonderful at identifying character flaws, symbolism, and grammar. Even more so, she can point out plot flaws. I’ll definitely have Shalini read my next manuscript.

 

Kat Devitt

Shaun Holobaugh, 28th January 2019 at 07:36am on mail

Budding Author 

Shalini is incredibly fast, thorough, and patient. She read my manuscript multiple times, gave prompt, detailed feedback, and answered all my many questions. She works hard and cares about helping you make your story the best it can be. I highly recommend Shalini and hope to use her services for future novels. Thank you, Shalini.

 

Shaun Holobaugh