Are You Looking For a Beta Reader?
What is a Beta Reader?
A beta reader is someone who reads an author’s unpublished manuscript and provides honest feedback about the plot, characters, writing, pacing, and other elements of the story that may or may not need improvement. A good beta reader is first and foremost an avid reader, not a professional editor or proofreader. It is not their job to fix grammar and spelling errors. A beta reader provides feedback solely on the story from a reader’s perspective.
Why Should You Choose Me?
I am a bibliophile (booklover) at heart and I live and breathe words. Books are my true passion in life and nothing makes me happier than reading. I have been an avid reader for nearly ten years and I honestly don’t know what I ever did before without books in my life.
I have been a member of Goodreads for four years and have read and reviewed over 500+ books in a variety of genres. My absolute favorite genres to read are New Adult and Adult romance. I have been a part of the book blogging community for two years, and I believe my experience as a book blogger, reader, and reviewer has connected me to many other readers who have given me valuable information about what others like and dislike in a book as well. I feel that I can offer you my honest and objective opinion about what works in a story and what doesn’t.
My main goal as your beta reader is to try and help make your story the best that it can be solely from a reader’s perspective. I do not want to rewrite your book for you, but merely offer suggestions to improve your story that you can take into consideration or not.
What Can You Expect From Me?
- I will be objective and provide honest feedback about the storyline, characters, pacing, writing, inconsistencies (if any), etc.
- I will read your manuscript as a reader, not as an editor/proofreader
- I will be kind and deliver any constructive criticism with compassion
- I will make chapter-by-chapter comments and suggestions when needed.
- I will provide a summary of my thoughts (like a review) of what I liked and disliked about the story after I finish it.
- I will beta read your manuscript in a timely manner
- I will not publicize any feedback or comments, nor will I leave a review anywhere online.
Email discussion of your manuscript. If you have further questions about any additional aspects of the book you want feedback on, I would be happy to answer them the best that I can via email.
What Are My Preferred Genres?
I only read Fiction and I prefer New Adult and Adult Romance (ages 18+) in a variety of genres. Since I am in my twenties, I find that it is more difficult for me to relate to Young Adult books whose characters are still in high school. I tend to find their behavior annoying and immature, so I don’t usually like to read them.
The reason I am picky about what I read is because I don’t want to do you or your book a disservice if I truly don’t enjoy reading the genre. I have the most experience reading New Adult and Adult Romance books, so I feel more comfortable giving my honest opinion and hopefully helpful feedback to you if the book is in either of those categories. I will not read a book if it does not contain romance.
I DO NOT read any of the following:
- Non-Fiction (Political, Autobiographical, Biographical, etc.)
- Gay/Lesbian (M/M, F/F)
- Short Stories
- Graphic Novels
- Thriller/Crime or
What Manuscripts Do I Accept?
I accept Novels, Novellas, and Works-in-Progress in the following formats:
- Microsoft Word Document*
- Kindle (Mobi)
*I will make in-manuscript comments using the Track Changes feature in Word. If you send me a book in PDF or Kindle format, I will take notes and provide you with a breakdown of my chapter-by-chapter comments/suggestions in a Microsoft Word document or PDF letter – whichever you prefer. If you have a list of questions for me after I finish reading your book, I will be more than happy to answer them the best that I can. All communications between myself and the author will be conducted via email.
What Do I Charge?
I charge $0.001* per word.
Example: 0.001 x 75,000 = $75
Payments are only accepted via PayPal.
I will request payment once I have received the manuscript via email to confirm word count and price with you. I will only start beta reading your manuscript after I have received payment in full. Refunds are not available once I have received payment. I will send you an invoice for the beta reading service after I have received full payment.
*Prices subject to change.
Do You Want To Hire Me As Your Beta Reader?
If you feel that I would be a good fit to beta read your book, please contact me by filling out the form below. Thank you very much for your interest and consideration!
Please allow at least 24 hours for me to respond. Thank you!
Beta Reading Form
“I have used many beta readers in the past, and few and far between ever get back to me or provide solid constructive feedback. I have never found this to be the case with Julia. She always gives me the best tips and insights as a reader to improve my stories. Julia is on time, precise with her advice, and very professional. I wouldn’t go to anyone else.” – Inda Herwood, author of Jump Start My Heart and other New Adult romances