Sometimes you just need honest feedback from someone who isn't a friend or family member.
Hello Aspiring Authors!
Do you have a finished or nearly-finished manuscript that you are looking to have beta-reviewed at She Would Read? If so, please use the contact form to the right and include as much information as possible.
If you are just looking for a free general book review for your already published book to be reviewed on my blog, please use this request form.
Beta Read Application
Please understand that I will read all genres of fiction, though my preferred genres are Young Adult, Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Historical, SteamPunk, Mystery/Thriller and Contemporary and in regards to DIVERSE books, I appreciate seeing persons of color-including blue space aliens.
I don't accept Non-Fiction, Demonic, Vampire/Werewolf, Dark Fantasy, Horror or Erotica for beta-reads or general book reviews.
You can apply to have your book beta-read and get the feedback you need to move forward with minimal investment. Before you apply, please be sure to read the FAQs and Expectations listed below in order for us to have the best Beta-Read experience possible!
Thanks so much for considering me to be your Beta Reader! It's an honor to be entrusted with your dreams, stories and hard work. I don't take your decision lightly.
Kindest Regards and Happy Reading,
*I get many requests from authors on top of the ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) I receive from publishing companies that I cannot possibly review them all. This questionaire will help me decide if we are a good match for the values and brand of She Would Read.
**I reserve the right to reject any book for any reason if I don't feel it will be a good fit for She Would Read. Upon acceptance of your manuscript you will receive further instructions for sharing your book cover and manuscript.
I can accept epub, azw (Kindle), .mobi and pdf formats.
I charge $ 0.001 per word. So that means 30,000 words x $.001 = $30 Pretty affordable. Payment due after the beta-read service has been rendered.
What's a beta-reader?
Here at She Would Read, a beta reader is not a line editor or proofreader. Instead, beta-readers view your mostly finished/finished manuscript as a reader and either offer positive feedback (which has the potential to be used as a testimonial) or constructive feedback on the writing, characters, plot and pacing, as well as pointing out any inconsistencies to help the author improve before submitting their work to more professional venues.
Here is the ACTUAL GUIDE of questions I will be asking while I read your manuscript. Feel free to download it as a guide for your writing! If there is an area you'd like to focus on, please make mention of it in our correspondences.
Why should you consider working with me?
I know what readers want and expect. I read across all fiction genres and can view your work critically and objectively. I'm not afraid to be honest about what doesn't work and I will offer you the best advice to reach your reading audience. My time in the book blogging world and my frequent interactions with other readers help me understand what readers like and don't like. I also make a distinction between what doesn't work in a book and also what simply doesn't work for me.
You can find reviews on my blog, and Goodreads for examples of what I like and don't like. You can also check out the Rating and Review System to get a better feel for what will get your manuscript/book 3-5 stars and a spot on my blog and twitter feed.
You can count on me to be honest but you can also count on me to be kind. You've put a lot of heart and effort into your book. I respect that! Here's what some authors have had to say about my reviews.
What can you expect?
Feedback - I will provide extensive feedback and criticism, as well as answering any questions you might have to the best of my ability.
Thoroughness - My comments and advice will be detailed and will cover all aspects of the book, from characters to writing to plot.
Honesty - You are guaranteed my honest opinion. I will also give you a full refund if I feel unable to objectively judge your book for any reason.
Speed - I am a fast reader and typically will get back to you within three-four weeks, sometimes sooner. Let me know if you have a deadline to meet and we can talk expedited prices.
Privacy - My comments and criticism will never be publicized until you are ready to share them. Writing/posting a review for your beta-read book is optional. If I feel the book warrants a three-star review or above, I have the option to post a review on Goodreads, Twitter and the SWR Facebook Community. No reviews under 3 stars will be posted. This is just a bonus, not a given. If I choose to write a review, the author will have the option to approve the review before it is posted but will not be able to change it. If appropriate, I will include that the review is based on a beta read, not necessarily the final product.
What do I expect?
Feedback - Please respond to my emails in a timely manner. Upon acceptance of your manuscript, I will expect you to be in communication with me should I have questions. Not hearing back from a writer when I've invested time and energy into making your manuscript better isn't cool.
Honesty - Just like you can expect me to be honest with you, I expect you to be honest with me. But I also expect kindness as well. If you disagree with any feedback I have given for your book, that's fine! When it comes to critics, sometimes you've just got to eat the meat (accept the good criticism) and spit out the bones ( sometimes people just don't know what they are talking about).
Kind Dialogue - You are coming to me voluntarily for an honest opinion because you'd rather hear the hard stuff now rather than on Amazon and Goodreads. If I did not get something out of your book that you wanted me to, please don't argue with me about it. Please DO share what your intention was or what you are trying to get across and I can help you come up with a solution to communicate it clearer in your book. It is likely that if it wasn't clear to me, it may not be clear to others in your audience and it could result.
For example: If I tell you 'a character's reaction doesn't feel true to life or feels contrived and here's why and here's a suggestion,' please don't reply with a simple "You don't know what you are talking about. I KNOW it's possible and you are just out of touch". It's just not helpful dialogue. A better response would be "Ok. Here is what I'm trying to go for. I'll take your suggestion into consideration but I'd really like to keep this reaction to some degree because yada yada yada".