Bernadette McDade, 29 October 2018 at 12:03pm on Goodreads
I have used Shalini twice and am amazed at the service she offers. She is exceptionally professional, knowledgeable, and inspirational, providing so many excellent suggestions to improve an MS. I am grateful to Shalini for her generosity and for the value she gives which is exceptional. I can recommend her services wholeheartedly.
Maksim Malik, 5 October 2018 at 04:45pm on Goodreads
Author of Spin
I’ve hired Shalini once for beta reading and I was simply blown away by the insight and detail she provided. The turnaround time was fast, and she helped me understand not only what needed work in the manuscript but also what parts were good and why. Would I hire her again? Absolutely, no question. Thank you, Shalini!
Leslie Georgeson, 25 September 2018 at 05:01am on Goodreads
Author of Tracker
This is my fourth time using Shalini as a beta reader. Why do I keep coming back to her? Because she is simply AMAZING. I somehow screwed this manuscript up worse than the others, but thankfully, Shalini was there to point out all the problems and even offered possible fixes. Where, oh where would I be without her? Thank you once again, Shalini! Words truly cannot express my heartfelt gratitude for all the time and effort you put into each beta read. You are so awesome, girl! 🙂
Evans Priligkos, 15 September 2018 at 07:05am on this site
These testimonials are telling just a (small) part of the truth. Shalini’s services are remarkable! It’s a unique experience for every independent writer to collaborate with someone like her. Having a sharp eye to the detail, kindness and providing helpful comments, she can help your story shine. Add to all these, the quick turnaround, her willingness to work beyond the agreed (yes, she actually did that!) and the reasonable fees … so, what are you waiting for?
If you are an author who needs someone to help him become better, then Shalini is for you.
I cannot thank her enough for her services.
Thomas Zman, 11 September 2018 at 03:21am on Goodreads
Author of From Whence They Came
I cannot imagine completing a manuscript and then not having Shalini read through it for me. I have just had her beta read through my third book now, and it is plainly evident to me that through her critical analysis of my works that she has helped improve my writing multifold. She is so perceptive. From what I can see of her busy life, especially the awesome website she has created, her blogging, book reading, and reviews — not to mention she is also a doctor — I find her to be a Superwoman. It has been a Godsend that I, and many others who use her talents, have established a working relationship with such a unique individual. Her honesty, coupled with her talents are what brings to her to the top of Beta Readers. As can be attested by all the positive reviews ahead of mine, she is the best. I can only hope and pray that she will stay in this line of work, helping beginning authors better polish their manuscripts, for truly there must be large publishing firms out there who would pay top dollar for a talent such as hers. I truly believe this woman has only just begun to explore her genius. As stated: “The sky has no limits.” Shalini has no bounds! Thank you, Shalini.
Thomas Zman, 11 September 2018 at 03:52pm on Goodreads
Author of Beyond Imagination
I cannot imagine completing a manuscript and then not having Shalini read through it for me. She is so perceptive. Her honesty, coupled with her talents are what brings to her to the top of beta-readers. As can be attested by all the positive reviews ahead of mine, she is the best. I can only hope and pray that she will stay in this line of work, helping beginning authors better polish their manuscripts, for truly there must be large publishing firms out there who would pay her top dollar for a talent such as hers. Thank you, Shalini.
Jessie Gussman, 5 September 2018 on this blog at 12:23am
Author of Better Together
All the glowing reviews above are absolutely true!
Shalini did an amazing job on my sweet contemporary romance. She gave her honest opinion in detail, and you can tell she’s been doing this for a while because she talked about my characters’ arcs and gave ideas as to what would add tension and make the story stronger as well as what kept her turning the pages, and where I needed to show more rather then “tell”. She also mentioned what she liked and why. She answered the specific questions I had, as well. The value for the money is unbeatable. She earns every penny and more.
She is timely, professional, and thorough.
Robbie Yates, 4 August 2018 at 11:16am on this blog
Author of Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo
After reading the glowing testimonials about Shalini’s beta reading service, I had high expectations.
Shalini still exceeded them.
I asked Shalini for her Beta Reading + Light Editing Package. I sent through what I considered to be a fairly polished manuscript. What I received back was incredible.
Shalini sent through a positive and helpful overall summary, as well as thorough, honest and insightful comments that identified lots of potential improvements. Her understanding of the craft is outstanding, and her willingness to go through a draft in such a conscientious way is phenomenal. I can honestly say that I will be asking Shalini to beta read EVERY BOOK I WRITE from now on (Sorry, Shalini!).
If you’re thinking about using Shalini’s Beta Reading Services – do it. You won’t be disappointed.
Kat Devitt, 18 August 2018 at 06 18pm on Goodreads and on this Blog
Shalini is an excellent beta reader. She took the time to read a short story of mine, and she gave a quick turnaround. I had her feedback within an afternoon, which is amazing! I’ve never had a beta reader get back to me so quickly, even for a short story. It usually takes at least a few days to a few months. On top of this, Shalini’s attention to detail in her feedback were really helpful. I learned what the issue with my manuscript was, and I will be working on fixing it within the next few days. She’s excellent! I highly recommend her.
Leslie Georgeson, 22 July 2018 at 06:55pm on Goodreads
Author of The Tracker
Shalini has done it again! Three times now, three separate novels, and she has helped me polish up each manuscript, pointing out issues with plot or characterization that need improvement, helping me to make each book the best it can be. I highly, highly recommend her services to every author. You can’t go wrong with Shalini. She is absolutely amazing! I will continue to hire her as long as she continues to offer beta reading services. I can’t say enough good things about her. Thank you, Shalini! You rock, girl!
Vera Fernandez, 30 June 2018 at 05:01pm on Goodreads
Author of Paradise is Not Forever
Shalini has just completed the beta read on the first book in a series that I am writing. I have nothing but good to say about her work. Thorough and efficient, she provided a full report plus inline notes which were fully justified, explained well and extremely useful. We all know that stage when you really can’t see the wood for the trees in your own creation and having an intelligent and thoughtful reader like Shalini is essential. She is brilliant. Thank you, Shalini.
And on this blog
A real gem of a beta reader. Shalini is thorough and detailed, providing a full report and inline notes on the ms. The notes are clear, justified and very helpful. I have been writing for a few years but this current project is the largest I have ever undertaken and Shalini has really helped to clarify my thoughts on the beginning of a really big project.
Janelle, 07 July 2018 at 11:21am on Goodreads and Blog
I had a great experience with Shalini as my Beta reader. She is highly intelligent, honest and critical, but also will sincerely express moments when she is emotionally moved or intellectually stimulated by the writing.
Like any first draft, mine had problems. I knew it, but could no longer see the work as a whole. It’s a massive project, five years in the writing and 137k words long.
Shalini took it on. Her honest comments helped me to see where the problems lie.
She was my dream beta reader and I am keen to use her again, perhaps for the final copy of this book or for my next book.
My book is very unusual–I know every author thinks that–but it is hard to classify. It’s about encountering non-physical beings that wanted to have a voice through my wife. It’s metaphysical and supernatural and also a down-to-earth memoir.
Shalini is open-minded enough to take it all in her stride. Her honest response was very valuable to me.
Camilla Monk, 04 July 2018 on Goodreads at 11:00am on Goodreads
Author of Spotless Series
What a surprise and pleasure! I didn’t expect such a detailed report and level of insight. As I told Shalini in an email, this is borderline developmental edits.
Shalini not only shared her impressions throughout the reading, but also did multiple reads to provide an overall analysis of plot and characters arcs, and point out what she did or didn’t enjoy.
Priya Guns, 29 May 2018 at 01:54pm on Goodreads and this blog
I was very lucky to find Shalini’s Beta Reading services. Shalini is a meticulous and thorough Beta-Reader. Even on her rapid service, she delivered detailed and honest feedback after reading my manuscript three times, in a week! Her live commentary whilst reading alleviated all of my concerns, providing insight into what readers may be speculating. Her notes on each character, and writer’s craft, as well as her suggestions, were precisely what I needed to polish my manuscript. I appreciate the time and thought Shalini put into my work, as if it were her own, with absolute honesty and with much consideration. She kept communication with me constantly and was always quick to respond. I felt I could really trust Shalini and her expertise. I would highly recommend Shalini for authors looking for an honest, concise and thorough beta-read. She went above and beyond what I had expected, and her fees are reasonable and well worth it! I will be using her services in the future and am sincerely grateful for the TLC she gave my work. Thank you Shalini! xx
SLW3, 29 May 2018 at 08:15am on Goodreads
Great feedback, delivered much faster than expected! Shalini was not only very detailed, but she gave me consistent feedback on my pacing. Ultimately, this led me to the conclusion that I should rethink splitting the story into two books. I truly appreciate the advice.
Mary, 22 May 2018 at 04:34pm on Goodreads
Shalini was the first paid beta reader I used for my novel and I couldn’t be happier with her feedback. She is very detailed and provides a quick turn around. Her strongest advice for me was pointing out where my main character acted inconsistently with how she had been portrayed so far and where I needed to pick up the pacing. Without Shalini, the third portion of my book would be nowhere near what it is now, and the story would have suffered for it. I definitely recommend her services.
M. A. Gonzales, 9 May 2018 at 02:03am on Facebook
Author of Cabin Fever
The read you did for me was awesome! Thank you so much. You’re feedback was insightful, helpful, and essential in helping me add more dimension to my characters and the attraction between them.
Bernadette McDade, 16 May 2018 at 09:32am on my blog
Author of the upcoming book Between Two Worlds
Shalini provided a Beta reading service way beyond anything I expected and she did extremely quickly and professionally. She provided a wealth of information and insight to improve a novel I thought I had finished. As well as insight and criticism she provided so much that was positive and encouraging that I could’t wait to start putting her suggestions into practice. I will certainly call on her services again. She provided quality and value and generous offers of further help. I am so pleased I chose Shalini.
Venkat Rao, 16 May 2018 at 05:21am on my blog
Budding Author of Spirituality
It was by pure chance that I came across Shalini as I was looking for an ideal beta reader for my book in the spiritual self-help genre. But I also believe there are no accidents. Shalini was the ideal beta reader. She went through the manuscript multiple times and gave feedback both from a high level and from the ground level. Her comments and critique are spot on and very thorough. The insights and suggestions offered are certainly going to make the book much better.
Shalini went way over and above what is expected of a beta read in many ways. By sharing her reactions and feelings as she read the book, she gave me a “live view” of what a reader might go through as they read the book. And the turnaround time was faster than I expected.
From my heart, Thank You Shalini! Your positive imprint will be there in the book.
Juan Zapata, 28 April 2018 at 10:11pm on Goodreads and on this blog
Author of Golden Skies
I took a leap of faith hiring Shalini to beta read the second book of my trilogy. My traditionally published novel, Golden Skies, debuts June 12th, and I wanted to find absolute quality. I found a diamond.
Shalini delivers extremely detailed feedback – she responds quickly to author inquiries via email and has no problem answering a writer’s endless tirade of questions to be able to fix mistakes (we probably had like 70 emails between the both of us). But what is most striking about Shalini is her willingness to sit down and brainstorm with writers to find solutions to those mistakes.
I feel that Shalini strengthened my book with reinforced concrete. I will definitely be mentioning her in my acknowledgements and hire her for all future projects – her insight is too valuable to ever throw away. This woman is marvelous <3.