Beta reader right here.

What is a beta reader? A test read of a finished story. When a book lands in a beta’s greedy hands it should be ready for publication. The beta reader provides an author with a story overview and catches any surface typos missed by the editor, proofreader, and author.

A beta reader needs to be reliable and enjoy reading. They’re your very first reader. A beta reader’s feedback is invaluable. It’s so important to get first impression feedback before you publish your book.

Writing and editing a book is a long process and every author knows firsthand how important constructive feedback is. Because of my training, I provide first reader feedback in a way that highlights the positive aspects of your work and points out any possible problem areas, as well. You want to be prepared for reviews once the story is published.

  • Do the first few pages grip the reader and pull you into the story?
  • Was there too much exposition?
  • Are the characters likeable or relatable?
  • Were the characters well-developed? Do they change over the course of the story?
  • Was the dialogue realistic?
  • Were there parts of the story when the reader’s attention lags?
  • Was the pacing and flow of the story on point?
  • Were any parts confusing or out of place?
  • Was the ending satisfying?
  • What are the highlights of the book?
  • Did the book match genre expectations?
  • Were there any major plot holes, errors, or inconsistencies?

Most importantly: Is there something specific in your story you would like feedback on? I will answer two specific questions for you.

This includes a reader worksheet, answers to your two specific story questions, and I will give it a quick pass for glaring surface typos.

I charge a flat rate: $5 per 10,000 words

Lastly, once you publish your story, I’ll add it to my Goodreads shelves with a honest review. And if you send me a graphic I’ll post it to my IG account and blog.  Contact me via email: crossroadsfiction (at) gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Beta reader right here.

    • Dear Celinda, ,

      I can provide reviews on my blog which goes out to my social media platforms. And I can provide a review on Goodreads. Goodreads is a site that targets readers.

      Amazon doesn’t permit outside reviews. You’ll need to apply to their Vine Review Program.
      Good luck.
      ~Melissa

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