Beta Reading Services

Brockway Gatehouse - Beta Reading Services

Have you finished the final draft of your manuscript? Do you want to test the reception with readers before you publish your work? Our Beta Reading Service might be just what you need at this point in your writing journey.

What is beta reading?

Many authors send their manuscript off for beta reading so that they can gain some feedback from their target audience; ensuring that their book is well suited for readers, is conveying the right message and is enjoyable, before they move on to final polishing or publishing.

Share your manuscript with us and we’ll provide you with feedback on your book and let you know which elements we loved and which we thought could be improved, and how.

How do we do this?

After reading your manuscript, we’ll complete a detailed feedback report answering thirty questions arranged into categories.

  • Opening scene,
  • Characters & dialogue,
  • Pplot & conflict,
  • Flow & pacing,
  • Setting & world building,
  • Writing style,
  • Overall impression.

Our report will be sent to you within the agreed time-frame. You can then use this feedback to guide your editing process and ensure that your novel resonates with its future readers.

What do we offer?

We offer three beta reading levels of service ranging in price: Beta Read 1.0, Beta Read 2.0 and Beta Read 3.0

Manuscript Critique Level1.02.03.0
Read Manuscript.
Multiple read of your manuscript.
NONOYES
Beta Reading Report.
A detailed analysis considering:
– Opening Scene
– Characters & Dialogue
– Plot & Conflict
– Flow & Pacing
– Setting & World Building
– Writing Style
– Overall Impression
YESYESYES
In-line Comments.
Thoughts and comments added directly to your manuscript using the Word Comment function. Subjective rather than objective.
NOYESYES
Light Proofreading.
Spot and correct simple spelling, grammar and inconsistencies.
NONOYES

Price and Payment – We use “per word” pricing for our Beta Reading services, since this is the easiest to calculate, and it leaves little room for misunderstanding. Costs for beta reading vary, depending on which service you choose and the length of your manuscript.

Guideline for Pricing:

  • 1.0 Beta Read – £2 per 1,000 words
  • 2.0 Beta Read – £3 per 1,000 words
  • 3.0 Beta Read – £4 per 1,000 words

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Contact us to request a personalised quotation.

All payments must be made via Paypal. You will receive a Paypal invoice after we have emailed the Beta Reading Report. We appreciate prompt payment within 15 days of receipt to avoid any undue embarrassment.

Time Frame – It is generally agreed that it takes an average reader approximately 1 hour to read 10,000 words. Therefore, the amount of time it will take us to beta read your manuscript and provide you with a comprehensive written report will depend on its length. However, we aim to send you the report within 2 weeks of receiving your manuscript.

Confidentiality

We work to strict ethical standards. Your work belongs to you; we’ll never share your work with anyone and all emails containing your manuscript and the manuscript itself will be deleted four weeks after the end of the project.

Under no circumstances will we redistribute, copy, share or make public any material you present to us or the Beta Reading Report or comments.

Genres Not Accepted

At this time, we’re not accepting non-fiction, young adult, teen or children’s literature for our Beta Reading services. Also, no partially completed manuscripts please. Thank you.

Ready for a non-obligation quotation?

In order to give you as accurate quote as possible, we’ll need:

  • the approximate word count of your book,
  • to know which genre your project is and the audience you’re writing for,
  • the level of editorial intervention you’re looking for,
  • your start date and any deadline/schedule for completion,
  • to see a representative sample (from the middle or end) of your manuscript,
  • to know what format the document is in, e.g. Word, PDF, hard copy (paper)
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If you have any general questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

We look forward to working with you!

Alternatively, if you want your manuscript edited, please CLICK HERE

Testimonials for our Beta Reading Services

Flora is a superb beta reader, who goes above and beyond in delivering insightful and helpful feedback. She has a brilliant eye for detail, including plot inconsistencies and flawed characterisations. She is professional, with a quick turnaround, and I trust her work completely. I whole heartedly recommended and will be using her service for my future novels.

— Victoria DeLuis (September 2019)


I have just had the privilege of having Flora professionally beta-read-edit my third novel.

The service that I received was beyond what I expected, thorough and thoughtful, detailed and insightful. Her notes are a delight to read and deploy, written so good-naturedly that any author urge to hold on to every precious word is soon abandoned in favour of flow and clarity.

Over my, albeit brief, novel-writing career, I have developed absolute trust in Flora’s literary judgement. If Flora says, this sentence is clunky, I de-clunk, if Flora says, re-write this, I re-write it. Every observation was spot on. Flora sees the trees as well as the wood. I highly recommend you seek out Flora’s services for your next work, and I look forward to working with her for many books to come.

— Holly Bell (April 2019)