BETA+ Reading & Critique Services

I offer BETA+ and manuscript critique services.

What is BETA+?

A beta reader reads an author’s manuscript and gives general macro level feedback from a reader’s perspective—anything that was boring, confusing, or where they were tempted to skim. BETA+, the service I offer, takes this one step further. It’s a beta read with an editor’s eye and a writer’s understanding of craft. BETA+ feedback will not only identify macro level weaknesses, but will also identify the cause, and provide suggestions on how to strengthen those elements so you have the tools to make your story an unputdownable read.

With a BETA+ read, you receive an honest and comprehensive confidential feedback letter addressing the following macro level issues:

  • Story flow How compelling is the story? Are there areas which are confusing or fuzzy? Do you have great hooks? Do any scenes or sections fall flat?
  • Plot structure Does the plot hang together with a clear overarching story goal?
  • Pacing Does the story drag?
  • Characterisation Are the characters believable? Do their character arcs contribute to the story whole?
  • Dialogue Is the dialogue credible? Does it push the story forward?
  • Any other issues which pull the reader from the story, or make a reader stumble

I work with most genres, include contemporary fiction, contemporary fantasy, some science fiction, YA. I do not work with erotica, MG, or PB.

BETA+ feedback does not include:

  • line editing, copy editing, or proofreading
  • grammar or spell check
  • formatting feedback
  • in-line comment
  • micro level (i.e. sentence level craft) feedback
  • tracking inconsistencies

BETA+ Rates

BETA+ rates are US$0.0015 per word with a US$30 minimum. For example, a 60,000 word manuscript would be US$90.

Depending on the word count, a BETA+ read can take between 3 and 6 weeks. Please contact me for rush requests.

First 15K Words Critique

My forensic critique of up to the first 15K words of your manuscript covers both the macro level issues of a BETA+ read and the more subtle micro level issues of sentence craft.

With a forensic critique, you receive an honest and confidential summary letter and detailed in-line comments (using Word tracked changes) addressing the following:

  • Story flow How compelling is the story? Are there areas which are confusing or fuzzy? Do you have great hooks? Do any scenes or sections fall flat?
  • Plot structure Does the plot hang together with a clear overarching story goal?
  • Pacing Does the story drag?
  • Characterisation Are the characters believable? Do their character arcs contribute to the story whole?
  • Dialogue Is the dialogue credible? Does it push the story forward?
  • Sentence Level Craft
    • Flow and cadence
    • Filter words
    • POV slips
    • Repeated words, actions, information
    • Dialogue or paragraphs that can be tightened
    • Bland language
    • Confusing narrative
    • Any other issues which pull the reader from the story, or make a reader stumble

Critiques do not include:

  • copy editing or proofreading
  • grammar or spell check
  • formatting feedback
  • tracking inconsistencies

Critique Rates

Critique rates are US$0.005 per word up to a maximum of 15,000 words. For example, a 5,000 word chapter critique would be US$25.

Critiques beyond the first 15k words, full manuscript critiques, or other special requests, may be undertaken on a case by case basis. Please contact me to discuss further.

Depending on the word count, a critique can take between 1-3 weeks. Please contact me for rush requests.

Guidelines and Policies

To inquire about availability, please email quertyedits@gmail.com with

  1. Your name
  2. Description of your project with genre and category
  3. Service you require: BETA+ or Critique
  4. Desired commencement date for services (when you want to send me your manuscript)
  5. Any time limits you may have

The next steps are to agree the scope of services and a commencement date. A 50% non-refundable deposit will secure your spot in my schedule. The remainder is due on the commencement date.

Sending your Pages

Only send your pages once we have agreed a commencement date. For critique services, include a 1 page synopsis.

Manuscript font and spacing: Time New Roman 12 point, with one inch margins, double spaced, 1/2 inch indent for each new paragraph.

Synopsis font & spacing Time New Roman 12 point, with one inch margins, single spaced, double carriage return between paragraphs, align left.

File format: Please send your manuscript in Word doc or docx files.

Payment is made through PayPal in US dollars. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due on booking. The remainder is due on the agreed commencement date for services.

 

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