Beta Reading

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I have been professionally beta reading books of all genre since the past 5 years. I have the utmost respect for all authors, their hard work, and creation.

 

I would be extremely careful with your work. No part of the manuscript would be shared with anyone and after completing my work, I would delete it completely from my devices.

My aim

It takes a good amount of courage to put your book out there, and I understand how difficult it is to hear criticism about it. But believe me, as I always tell all my authors, it is always better to hear it from your beta reader than read negative reviews from readers.

I work very hard on all my projects, and my feedback documents are my honest opinions as a reader, along with various suggestions to make the book stronger. It is completely unto you to take it up or reject it. Your book is your vision, and that is the way it should stay.

My terms

  • Kindly send the manuscript in Microsoft WORD format
  • A short synopsis or blurb is a must
  • I would like to know beforehand about any sexual violence or child abuse
  • Duration would ideally be 3 – 4 weeks or so to beta read a 50k manuscript
  • Updates would be mailed every 10 or 15 days depending on the length of the manuscript 

Genre

All

Send me a short synopsis along with genre and target audience in your mail.

My testimonials

You can find my testimonials both in the Testimonials section and on Goodreads. Kindly do check the Acknowledgements by various authors in their books.

My Services

This includes

  • My overall feedback on the plot, pace, and writing
  • Checking the consistency of the characters, their emotions, and their appropriate reactions
  • Story flow and plot development
  • Any questions you may have
  • Chapter wise critique on Microsoft Word track changes

Charges for pure beta reading are US$0.001 per word + 10% as PayPal service fee.

For manuscripts less than 5k words, I charge a flat rate of US$5 and less than 10k words, US$10

Rushed charges are US$25 for manuscripts less than 90k words and US$30 for more than 90k words. Charges would increase depending on how soon you would want the manuscript back.

Alpha reading (first draft/WIP)

Charges for alpha reading with content suggestions would be US$0.002 per word + 10%as PayPal service fee.

For re-reading books

With minimal changes

Charges are US$0.0005 per word (+ 10% as PayPal service fee) along with chapter wise feedback with your questions directly answered on the manuscript. 

Complete rewrite 

For a complete rewrite, charges are US$0.001 dollar per word (+ 10% as PayPal service fee), as it would be treated as a completely new book. 

Payment

Payment would be via PayPal directly through my page www.paypal.me/ShaliniGopal 

Alternately, I can send you an invoice.

Email

Shalini at [email protected] with the subject title BETA READING

If possible, c/c it to [email protected] since there have been server problems.

Disclaimer

  • My work on your book will start only after the payment reaches me.
  • I take full payment in advance due to the misdemeanors of a couple of authors.
  • No refund
  • One discussion on mail is free of charge after you receive my feedbacks.
  • If the book is part of a series, do send me the previous book in mobi format, so that it would be easier for me to understand the characters.
  • I will read your book thrice, depending on the amount of work needed and give my best to each manuscript. 
  • During beta reading, the feedback and suggestions would be all mine, based on my understanding of your story.
  • Additional + 10% PayPal service fee has be included in the final total as their hidden charges have increased.