Beta Reading Services
Need a read? You’ve come to the right girl!
I’ve been an obsessed reader for decades (practically since I learned the alphabet), and own over a thousand books in my personal library. Annually, I read many un-published manuscripts and provide in-depth feedback (both in-text and general). I’m so grateful for your interest in my services and I’m excited to chat with you at length about your story.
Below, I’ve outlined what I offer during a beta read, as well as pricing and preferences. If you’re interested in sharing your manuscript, please message me via email/Twitter and we can get started! Thank you again for your interest!
***I reserve the right to pass on a read due to personal reasons (either a tight schedule or that I’m unsure I’ll be able to positively influence the text).***
- In-line comments throughout text with suggestions, reactions, questions, etc.
- Quick and efficient communication either through Twitter or email. (@RWeberWrites or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A lengthy final feedback form in which I will answer questions/concerns you may have about your book (questions listed below).
- A new book-loving friend and cheerleader for your story!
***My beta read timeline varies from a couple weeks to a month, depending on my schedule and your story’s length. We’ll establish a timing estimate prior to me reading your full, and I’ll do my best to stick by it.***
***I only read a single manuscript at a time so that I can lend it my full attention. Check the waitlist on this page to see if there are sign-up spots available for future reads.***
- $1.50 per 1,000 words
- Additional $30 for speed read (any time frame 7 days or fewer).
- For $5 extra, I can provide in-line feedback on a drafted query letter.
***Payment required upfront through PayPal, following the three chapter sample read.***
- My beta reads typically range from middle grade to young adult, with some interest in specific adult genres (fantasy, sci-fi, fiction, mystery/thriller). I’ll probably be of most assistance with children’s lit.
- Some of my favorite published books include: The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Stars of Whistling Ridge by Cindy Baldwin, The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, and The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
*** Absolutely NO erotica, school shootings, graphic abuse, or nonfiction.***
“I am very grateful for Rebecca's services beta reading my sci-fi/fantasy novel. She was very thorough and provided a lot of helpful suggestions at the line-edit level that I felt helped me move my writing forward, and the enthusiasm she showed for the project got me excited about it again. I'd definitely think of her first for other projects!”
~ Dareth Pray (author of Alpaca Witch on Kindle Vella) ~
"Rebecca Weber provided a Beta Read for my debut novel, Site Alpha: Eyes in the Dark Book One. Not
only did she get the manuscript back to me in a timely fashion, but she also made sure to communicate
early and often concerning her progress. Rebecca’s comments were well thought out, easily
understandable, and kind, even when mentioning mistakes or issues. I would certainly recommend
Rebecca and look forward to working with her again in the future."
~ Neal Romriell (author of Site Alpha: Eyes in the Dark Book One)
Final Feedback Form questions (for me to complete):
#1 Did the story hold your interest from the very beginning? If not, why not?
#2 Did you get oriented fairly quickly at the beginning as to whose story it is, and where and when it’s taking place? If not, why not?
#3 Could you relate to the main character? Did you feel her/his pain or excitement?
#4 Did the setting interest you and did the descriptions seem vivid and real to you?
#5 Was there a point at which you felt the story lagged or you became less than excited about finding out what was going to happen next? Where, exactly?
#6 Were there any parts that confused you? Or even frustrated or annoyed you? Which parts, and why?
#7 Did you notice any discrepancies or inconsistencies in time sequences, places, character details, or other details?
#8 Were the characters believable? Are there any characters you think could be made more interesting or more likable?
#9 Did you get confused about who’s who in the characters? Were there too many characters to keep track of? Too few? Are any of the names of characters too similar?
#10 Did the dialogue keep your interest and sound natural to you? If not, whose dialogue did you think sounded artificial or not like that person would speak?
#11 Did you feel there was too much description or exposition? Not enough? Maybe too much dialogue in parts?
#12 Was there enough conflict, tension, and intrigue to keep your interest?
#13 Was the ending satisfying? Believable?
#14 Did you notice any obvious, repeating grammatical, spelling, punctuation or capitalization errors? Examples?
#15 Do you think the writing style suits the genre? If not, why not?