Testimonials for Beta Reading Editing Proofreading

BETA READING POLITICAL AND CRIME/TECHNO THRILLERS

I have engaged Shalini three times with excellent results every time. You can’t go wrong using Shalini.

FOR BETA READING OF FANTASY

Shalini was awesome – gave me both positive and constructive feedback and a few paragraphs at the bottom of the chapter of what she liked/what could be clearer. I also provided her a few targeted questions, which she answered in-depth. Her turnaround for one chapter, about 3000 words, was less than a day of me sending it over. She noticed so many little details that I had looked over a hundred times while reading my own chapter. I would definitely recommend her and work with her for the rest of my MS!

BETA READING SHORT STORIES

Shalini read three of my short stories and her feedback was fantastic–very in depth on her thoughts, what she thinks worked and didn’t work, and why. She was kind in describing negative issues and very helpful in providing suggestions for how to improve those issues. She also described what worked and why, which is very helpful also, so that I know also where I went right. Once I have more work available, I’d love to have her take a look again and keep me on my toes!

BETA READING AND EDITING ROMANCE

Shalini is that special person an author needs in his/her life. She has a great eye for details and her comments are always on point and really make a difference to bring one’s story to another level. Whether it’s beta-reading or editing, I can’t imagine not having her in my team. Thanks Shalini for all your work. Books are your passion and it shows every time you put your heart into one of my many projects!

BETA READING METAPHYSICAL FICTION

Shalini is a great beta reader. Recommended.

EDITING AND PROOFREADING ROMANCE

Shalini is the best editor I’ve worked with so far. She always does an incredible job, and all her comments are very useful and make you see your story from an outsider’s point of view. She helps me strengthen my weak points and bring my story to another level. Thank you for all your hard work, I’m so grateful to have you on my team!

BETA READING LGBTA+ ROMANCE

Shalini’s feedback was honest and constructive and such a great help to me! She said things I needed to hear, which I now know will make my story better when edited. She did such a good job of pointing out both good and bad equally. Her work was thorough and delivered in the promised time. I couldn’t have asked for a better beta reader! Thank you so much for your honesty Shalini!

BETA READING OF ROMANCE

Shalini is my beta reader very special! Every time I work with her I’m greatly pleased by her work and couldn’t ask for a better beta reader to work with. Her work is thorough, and it shows she loves her job. Shalini replies quickly and is very available to answer all the questions you might have as you go through your manuscript afterward. Thanks again Shalini. Working with you is always a pleasure!

BETA READING OF POLITICAL AND CRIME THRILLERS

Shalini has provided valuable feedback on two of my thriller novel manuscripts so far. I have found Shalini to be insightful, thoughtful, and to provide just the right touch to assist me to hone in on what makes the manuscripts fly higher and faster. Thank you Shalini. I will request your assistance again.

BETA READING FICTION

Shalini gave me an excellent beta read for my novel. She dug deep and gave a great analysis. Not only was her work helpful, she was also prompt (beating her time estimate by weeks). I had a specific request while she was reading and she fulfilled it perfectly. Writers, you won’t be disappointed by having Shalini beta read your work. The next time I’m looking for beta readers, I will gladly reach out to Shalini for another round.

BETA READING

To echo what so many here have said, I have nothing but thanks and good words to say about Shalini’s services! She was thorough, thoughtful, prompt, and clearly put time and energy into my project. It was great to get her take, advice, and to hear her questions. I will certainly plan to use Shalini’s beta-reading services again!!

BETA READING SCI-FI & POLITICAL THRILLERS

Shalini has helped me numerous times on all of my books. I would never attempt to finish up a project without her critical input. She is fast and very in-depth as to her comments. Shalini’s professionalism has shined through in all the correspondences I have had with her over the years. Her words are truthful and encouraging. I greatly appreciate her candor, her guidance, as I’m sure everyone who has had the pleasure of working with her has. Thank you, Shalini.

BETA READING LITERARY FICTION

I just got my feedback from Shalini and wow – she is fab! Shalini looked over my 120K word manuscript in a very impressive(!) 48 hours. In this same period, she also delivered a marvelously constructive report along with in-doc comments pointing out areas that needed to be reworked or polished up. For months I’ve been bogged down in the minutiae of my plot, unable to see the woods for the trees, etc, etc. After this one beta read I can see things so much more clearly now. Call me crazy, but I almost want to write another manuscript JUST so I can go through this delightfully clarifying process with Shalini all over again.

BETA READING

I wanted to thank Shalini for her beta review of my first novel. She provided insightful and honest feedback that will help me recraft some key elements. She was fast, detailed and gave me the benefit of a readers perspective and the coaching from an experienced writer. I’ll definitely work with Shalini again.

BETA READING POLITICAL & CRIME THRILLERS

I engaged Shalini to read the third draft of my thriller novel, STRATAGEM. I was so impressed with her insightful feedback that I halted the final proofread on my first novel, NUCLEAR TIME BOMB (which I planned to publish in early March), and sent that to Shalini for a beta read as well. I believe that you will find Shalini to be a highly valuable resource.

BETA READING LITERARY FICTION

This was the second time I have used Shalini’s beta reading services. On both occasions, she has been timely, considerate, and provided excellent assessment, feedback, and suggestions. It’s been a real pleasure and I do not hesitate to give my highest recommendation to others considering beta reading. In the future, I will seek Shalini’s help again.
CHRISTOPHER AMATO
Budding Author

BETA READING

Shalini helped me focus my 135k Fantasy story by pointing out the parts that were too abstract and by giving me honest, critical feedback on my characters. Her summations of what she liked and what she remembered were particularly helpful as I sent her a miniature nuke in terms of world-building and terminology, ha! Thanks so much Shalini. ❤

BETA READING CHILD LIT & MIDDLE GRADE

Despite the fact that the text contains only 500 words, but perhaps precisely because of that (!), Shalini immersed deep into the story and suggested how to make my story richer by adding a few extra action scenes. The story remains the same, but much more harmonious. If you are looking for an honest beta reader, who will not only compliment you but give you useful advice, I strongly recommend Shalini!

BETA READING

I am so appreciative of Shalini’s beta read of my manuscript. She gave me a great overview of the book as a whole which let me know the general weaknesses of the story. The comments made throughout the manuscript helped me see how the reader perceived the story in much more detail. This allowed me to see the disconnect between my imagination and the reader’s. Thank you Shalini!

BETA READING SCI-FI THRILLER

I just completed working through Shalini’s feedback on my novel. She gave me exactly what I needed, insightful, chapter-by-chapter thoughts. Along the way she pointed out numerous grammatical mistakes, misspellings, and even plot inconsistencies. Then she gave me a writeup of her thoughts on characters, overall plot, pacing, her thoughts on how to strengthen the novel and make it more a page-turner. Her work has actually caused me to rethink my editing process and how I incorporate beta readers vis-a-vie developmental editing. I highly recommend Shalini.

BETA READING FANTASY

Shalini was a beta reader for my epic fantasy MS. (over 200k words) It was truly a pleasure to work with her. Never before had I received such detailed and comprehensive feedback. She was responsive in her communication, and her feedback clear and well thought out. For my MS, she gave me very constructive and valuable feedback for each chapter. Obviously well versed in fantasy, she helped me immensely in navigating and avoiding some of the common pitfalls inherent to the genre as well as pointing out the strengths and weaknesses for each chapter. I especially enjoyed the little personal touches that she included such as her feelings (and POV) as a reader, plot issues, and explaining potential problem areas. (Too wordy, too slow in development, character development, etc) She clearly put a lot of time and work into providing helpful feedback and I would definitely recommend her services. Most importantly, she helped me break my writer’s block.

BETA READING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

I cannot say enough good things about Shalini or her services. I have now used her on multiple manuscripts, and found her feedback invaluable each and every time. If you’re just looking for someone to stroke your ego, then Shalini’s not for you (unless your book is so spectacular that you deserve it, but we all know that first drafts are crap, and it’s through the revision process, and listening to advice from professionals like Shalini, that we are able to turn that crap into salable books). Don’t be afraid to give her a try. She’s well worth every penny. I will continue to use her services as long as she’s providing them. Thank you once again, Shalini, for your invaluable feedback!

BETA READING LITERARY FICTION

Shalini did an amazingly thorough and thoughtful review of my novel, THIRST FOR POWER, a political thriller/romance set in India and London. She highlighted both the strength and weaknesses of the various story elements, displaying a wide knowledge of human behavior as well as its effective portrayal in fiction. She not only provided overall feedback on the plot, characters, and structure of the novel, but also detailed feedback in the text itself. Her comments will be of great value to me in revising my novel. Shalini was professional and pleasant to work with. I strongly recommend her to other writers seeking a reader’s perspective on their work.

BETA READING A MEMOIR

Shalini has given incredibly thorough and detailed feedback on our memoir. She is very honest in how she felt about our story and has highlighted significant areas which need work. Thankyou Shalini for helping us identify our blind spots, as first time authors we appreciated your input which will help us improve in many areas

BETA READING

Shalini’s beta read of my novel was greatly helpful, and she was a joy to work with. She didn’t take too long to get back to me, and the criticisms given were fair and informative. If you have a book you’re wanting to improve, Shalini is definitely one of the best people to contact.

BETA READING CHILDREN'S BOOK

Shalini has done an amazing job for me Beta reading. She was clear with what she liked and what needed to be improved. She was extremely professional and very quick at giving me feedback (mine was a 300-word children’s book, so longer work will take longer). She pointed out repetition that I had missed and discrepancies that children could misunderstand. Overall, I will definitely be using her services again!

BETA READING & EDITING THRILLER

Shalini to the rescue once more. I recently revised one of my earlier novels. After finishing, I submitted the manuscript to Shalini for an editorial review. Shalini’s attention to detail uncovered several mistakes I had missed. My work is always sharper after going through Shalini. Her expertise and responsiveness can’t be beat. Thank you Shalini!

BETA READING SCI-FI THRILLER

Shalini has helped numerous times with my writing. With each book that I write and have her critique, I have become a better writer. She has been an invaluable teacher and for that I am grateful. If you are serious about your writing, you need to ask Shalini for her help.

BETA READING

I’ve used Shalini’s beta reading services twice now. She’s been thorough, quick, and honest both times. I highly recommend her services. The amount of effort she puts into the beta reads compared to the price is quite a bargain

BETA READING

Shalini exceeded my expectations! This was my first time using a paid beta service and it was more than I thought I’d get. She sent my manuscript back in the timeframe she promised. Having overall feedback as well as chapter by chapter feedback is going to help me take my story to the next level. Shalini left a lot of helpful tips and feedback that I couldn’t quite see even after reading through it once. Her comments were polite but straightforward. It was clear she read my story and gave constructive advice to help bring my characters to life and keep my story from falling flat. I liked the detail and attention she paid to the smallest things that would have been easy to miss if not reading closely. I will use the feedback, notes, and suggestions to make my story better and ready to be published in a few months. Thank you so much, Shalini, for your feedback on my story and getting it back to me in the time that you promised! I’ll definitely be using her again in the future.

BETA READING FAIRYTALE RETELLING

One the the many things I value about Shalini is her honest feedback. Her candid comments make me want to up my game and when she likes something I know she is sincere. As an author getting constructive criticism is a crucial element if you want your writing to evolve. It isn’t the job of a beta reader to do more than state their opinion but she does so much more than that. Not only did she comment on my story chapter by chapter, pointing out missed spelling mistakes and word repetition, she provided a detailed report I receive from my editor and her feedback really helped deepen my characters and my story. I greatly value how quick she is to respond to e mails and also her ability to meet and exceed deadlines. Count your blessing if you are lucky enough to work with Shalini I know I do. Thank you Shalini.

BETA READING MEDICAL THRILLER

She has done two superb beta reads for me. Quick response, including to emails afterward. Her reviews are organized and thorough. Highly recommend!

BETA READING

It was a pleasure working with Shalini. She provided beta reading services for my 72k word manuscript, and was willing to take a look at revisions as well. The turnaround with her reading was quick, yet she managed to offer very detailed and thoughtful feedback. Her notes included a combination of polite criticism with useful suggestions, as well as praise for areas that were strong. Was willing to answer any and all questions. I would definitely work with Shalini again the future!

BETA READING & EDITING

Shalini is an absolute STAR! I hired her to proofread a novel already edited by a professional editor. Not only did she catch mistakes the first editor had missed, but she provided numerous line editing suggestions that propelled the novel to the next level. If you want to publish a professional grade novel on par with traditional publishers, do yourself a favor and hire Shalini today!

BETA READING SCI-FI & POLITICAL THRILLERS

I have used Shalini numerous times over the years. Her talents as both a beta reader and editor has radically transformed my stories. Never would I attempt publishing my work without first having Shalini give me her in-depth analysis of it. Her constructive criticism is spot on. For those with an open mind and are willing to accept what she has to say when it comes to making their writing better, Shalini is truly a Godsend. She is not one to fluff her critiques with false words of praise–– The praises will come after you have taken her advice and incorporated it into your writing. Truly a wonder is her critical eye and analytical mind. You will thank her––as have all the others stacked above this review––once you work with her.

BETA READING

Hi Shalini, I wanted to say thanks for the recent feedback on my manuscript. It was very thorough and has provide me with lots of insights about areas of the story that were still in need of improvement. I was very pleased with the services you provided. Thanks again

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