Beta Reading / Manuscript Critique

As a hard working, self-published author myself, I fully appreciate that we are all trying to get our best work published without breaking the bank.

I love to support other writers on the same journey as me, and therefore as well as organising cross-promotions, I offer both a beta-reading and manuscript critique service.

 

Alpha/Beta Reading

Having a reliable reader who can help you make sure your manuscript is ready for publication is pivotal for most self-published authors, and many of us cultivate teams who are more than willing to provide feedback without payment. In light of this, many of us ask ourselves…

Why pay for an alpha or beta reader?

Paying for this service, ensures you receive timely and constructive feedback that is specifically designed to make your manuscript better.

What I offer is one read through of your manuscript and a report highlighting areas of your work that could be improved.

I will consider:

  • Readability: Was the story enjoyable? How quickly did I read it? Were there parts where I couldn’t put it down? Were there parts that dragged?
  • Opening Scene: I will evaluate how effective I thought the opening scene was and whether or not I believed the manuscript started in the correct place.
  • Reader’s Opinion: From the perspective of a reader, I will provide my thoughts of your characters and plot. I will detail whether I thought the characters were believable and their motivations clear. I will look at the plot and detail any questions that arose while reading, and highlight any inconsistencies I find.
  • Author specific queries: Should you wish to provide a list of questions or have an area of focus that you are specifically concerned about, I would be happy to look at these issues.

Please be advised that this is not a proof-reading or editing service. I will not be looking for typos, grammatical or punctuation errors, or missing words. I will also not be offering solutions to plot holes or story problems. I will only highlight potential issues where I find them.

Pricing and invoicing details:

  • $1.00 per 1,000 words (rounded down to the nearest 1,000 – therefore a manuscript of 61,700 words will be charged at a rate of $61)
  • Invoices will be sent via Paypal
  • A 50% deposit will be due before work starts
  • Remaining balance due on completion

Ready to start. Please complete the Beta-Reading Request Form.

Manuscript Critique

Some manuscripts need a more in-depth service than beta-reading alone can provide, but not everybody has the money or desire to opt for a full developmental edit.

My manuscript critiquing service therefore attempts to help you ready your manuscript for proof-reading without the need for a full-scale developmental edit.

Why opt for a manuscript critique?

Developmental Editing can often cost more than $8 per 1,000 words, which equates to $400 for a fifty thousand word book. That’s a lot of money!

As well as considering everything that a beta-read provides, a manuscript critique also provides:

  • Two read-throughs of your manuscript
  • Inline comments with a focus on areas of improvement — provided through track-changes in a Word document and sidebar comments
  • A summary report detailing ways to improve your manuscript. All aspects will be considered, including characters and motivation, dialogue, plot and conflict, pacing, setting and worldbuilding
  • Writing tips and story recommendations
  • I will also point out any glaring grammatical errors, but will not actively search for them, as this is not a proof-reading service
No obligation sample:

Are you on the fence and wondering if this service will benefit you? I am always happy to provide a three page, no-obligation sample review. Please feel free to complete the booking for and click to request a sample critique only.

Pricing and invoicing details:

  • $3.00 per 1,000 words (rounded down to the nearest 1,000 – therefore a manuscript of 61,700 words will be charged at a rate of $183)
  • Invoices will be sent via Paypal
  • A 50% deposit will be due before work starts
  • Remaining balance due on completion

Ready to start. Please complete the Manuscript Critique Request Form to request a full or 3-page, no-obligation critique.

 

Confidentiality
  • I will work to strict ethical standards
  • Your work belongs to you. I will never share you work with anyone. All emails containing your manuscript and the manuscript itself will be deleted two weeks after the end of the project. Unless you have indicated you are sending me the sequels, in which case, the manuscripts will be kept securely until the series is complete.
  • Under no circumstances will I redistribute, copy, share, or make publish any material you present to me.
About me:

As well as publishing myself, I have recently acquired a Master’s Degree in Novel Writing, and possess a First Class Honours (UK) degree,  having previously studied English and Creative Writing. I have critiqued and edited the work of my class mates on both courses, as well as the work of writing buddies for over 5 years. Over the last year, I have provided a critique service to eighteen manuscripts ranging from a short story of fifteen thousand words to full-length novels of over a hundred thousand words.

Cross promotions

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Please read carefully, hopefully I will cover everything you need to know.

I will update this page with current promotions and sign-up form links. Please select the promotion most appropriate for your books.

Click the links for the promotions you would like to for. If there is no link available or no link suitable for your book, then please check back at a later date.

 

CURRENT AVAILABLE PROMOTIONS 

BOOKBUB Follower Builder & Book Fair – Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Romance – cost: $10, giveaway dates: 1st – 30th June
 

 
Most promotions are free to enter, unless stated otherwise, however you must be willing to post to your mailing list and/or promote through your social media outlets.

Please note however, that although I am not charging for these promotions,  I do use Amazon Associates links.

I will always promote the promotions to the Magic Book Deals subscriber list and to my author mailing list, as well as on my other social media outlets. If your book is included in a promotion, please do the same.

To be included in the promotions or detailed on the site, please be advised:

  • Books must be well presented with a nice cover and good blurb.
  • No minimum reviews or star rating required.
  • Please enter a different book within a three month period. Do not repeat books!
  • We reserve the right to refuse books that are not suitable and/or contain content outside of the required parameters.

Hopefully, this answers any questions you may have, but please feel free to contact me through the FB group or on contact @ magicbookdeals.com should you have any queries.

Victoria

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