What is a beta reader?
A beta reader reads a finished manuscript with a focus on these story elements:
- Characters, arc and development
- Plot and structure
- Mood and tone
The report also includes a marked manuscript to show notes.
Many agents and editors will ask that you have beta readers report on your manuscript to help identify holes or ‘skips’ in the story, places that your revising can address. When a writer is so ‘inside’ the story, they might not be able to see what a reader will see or feel which makes beta readers an extremely valuable tool for any author. I also think a writer needs to know what’s working, too.
A beta reader is not a developmental consultant or editor.
Adult, YA, Middle Grade Fiction
1.85 per 1000 words with a $75 minimum
Children’s Picture books
Text only reads are $50 minimum
SCRIPT OR STORY CONSULTANT
I also offer a script and/or story consultant service. The rates are individualized based on project. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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