I read your story and tell you how I feel about it as a reader. I’ll point moments that work/don’t work, look for snags in the plot, and let you know which characters were easy to connect with. I won’t line edit, but I will point out consistent grammatical errors. There will be a few in-line comments to highlight great lines, and a few pages of feedback at the end.
The important thing about beta reading is that the focus is on the reader’s response as a reader. Betas are here to test drive your novel and make a couple of suggestions to let you know how you’re doing.
Beta reading is intended for stories that are fairly polished and that are nearing the publication stage. For this reason, it helps to address as many known issues as possible before sending out your story. If you are interested in beta reading services, please check out the Beta Reading Checklist to make sure that you’re sending the cleanest, most beta-ready draft possible.
I do not charge for beta reading. Please note that my beta reading queue is currently full, and I am not accepting beta requests at this time.
I’ll examine your story with a critical eye and provide an in-depth discussion of what is and isn’t working, with a focus on broad-scale elements like setting, plot structure, character development, and overall writing mechanics. You may also provide specific questions or concerns that you would like to have addressed in the critique. This type of feedback is much more detailed than beta-reading and focuses on craft rather than reader response.
Developmental editing means that I will open up your story and look closely at how everything works. I provide analytical feedback on story structure, plot, pacing, characters, and world-building that not only identifies what does and doesn’t work but that also suggests ways that you can build on your strengths and address weaknesses. Developmental editing is solution-oriented and focuses on possible revisions. There will be in-line comments to discuss specific moments in your story, as well as detailed feedback at the end of your MS.
Heavy Developmental Editing
This is for stories that need more focused attention, and involves detailed feedback on a chapter-by-chapter level. For heavy developmental editing, I will work through your story with an eye to how the plot, character, and setting develop within and across particular scenes, and to provide extensive suggestions for revisions.
If you’re still in the early stages of a writing project I will provide feedback on outlines or chapters, with a focus on which direction you plan to take your story in and suggestions for how you might get it there most effectively. The goal of a consultation is to aid in the development of a story that is not yer complete.
This is where I comb through your story and focus on the finer points of writing. I’ll look at sentence structure, word choice, grammar, dialog tags, and general language use to suggest ways that you can sharpen your writing. Most comments will be in-line, with a small amount of summary feedback at the end of the MS to discuss recurring issues. Line editing does not address story structure and focuses solely on writing mechanics.
Not sure if this service is what you need? Send up to the first 5000 words of your novel and I’ll edit or critique it. Not only does this provide feedback on the beginning of your story, but it’s also a great way to get a sense of what these services entail and to make sure that they’re the right fit.
If you decide to purchase full editing services, the cost of the sample critique will be counted towards the final cost.
Beta Reading: Free
Professional Critique: $0.004/word
Developmental Editing: $0.006/word
Heavy Developmental Editing: $0.008/word
Sample edit: $50 (flat rate)
Line Editing: Please Inquire
A Note on Pricing
These prices are well below industry standard. Because I am working to build up my business, services are currently being offered for comparatively low rates.
It’s also worth noting that I occasionally adjust my rates based on availability. If you have any questions about rates, feel free to ask.
How to Request Services
Send the first ten pages of your MS to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the word-count and what kind of service you would like to request. Also let me know if you have any time constraints. I will read through your pages, let you know if I’m available to take the job, and provide you with a price quote. All prices are negotiable.
How Long It Takes
Once I have received the full manuscript, it generally take me a 3-4 weeks to complete the request. If you have a deadline, please let me know so that I can work to accommodate your time frame.
What I Read
I am open to all genre fiction, with an emphasis on fantasy, sci-fi, horror, romance, YA, and MG. Genre-bending works and experimental fiction are also welcome.
In addition to finished novels, I also accept short stories, novellas, and excerpts or partially complete novels.
I do not read non-narrative works (poetry, informative non-fiction, essays, math proofs, etc.)