Beta-Reading

I offer beta reading services to aspiring and current authors. A beta reader is not an editor or proofreader. Instead, they view your finished manuscript as a reader and offer constructive criticism on the writing, characters, plot and pacing, as well as pointing out any inconsistencies. I do not post a public review for the books I beta-read.

Why should you consider hiring me?
I have been reviewing books for over 7 years and 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 brutally 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, my frequent interactions with other readers, and my internship at a major publishing company have all helped me understand what other readers like and don’t like.

You can find my reviews on the blog and on Goodreads.

What do I read?
I will read all genres of fiction, though my preferred genres are Young Adult, Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Historical, Mystery/Thriller and Contemporary. I don’t accept Non-Fiction.

Pricing:
I charge $0.80 per 250 words (a standard industry page). So, for example, an average 75,000 word novel (approx. 300 pages) would be $240.

What can I expect for my money?
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 one week. Let me know if you have a deadline to meet and I will be extra speedy.
Privacy – My comments and criticism will never be publicized.

I’m interested! Now what happens?
If you are interested in hiring me, send an email to emily@thebookgeek.co.uk and include your title, blurb/description and word count. I almost always reply within 24 hours.