Professional Beta Read
Does your gut instinct tell you something isn’t working in your story, but you’re not sure what it is or how to fix it? Have you tried using free beta readers, but the feedback they’ve given hasn’t been helpful, and you still feel lost? Libby’s affordable beta reading service is just what you need. Her expert advice will guide you as you embark on editing your manuscript.
As a former teacher, Libby knows how to give constructive feedback. She will not only point out what needs fixing, but she will also give you practical advice and suggest specific ways to fix it. She is passionate about helping new writers on their journey to publication, so will provide feedback in an encouraging and supportive manner, while giving you a clear direction for improving and strengthening your manuscript.
Along with your full or partial manuscript, Libby encourages you to send a list of any issues you would like her to address in her feedback as this will allow her to ensure she is meeting your needs. Libby will also address any issues she feels need the most attention in your manuscript. She will return her feedback to you in 1-3 pages of notes, depending on whether you have provided a full or partial manuscript.
Libby’s feedback can help you answer questions, such as:
- Are my character’s likable and/or relatable?
- Have I started my story in the right place?
- Am I showing enough or telling too much?
- Have I included too much backstory?
- Does my story make sense?
- Is the conflict believable?
- Is my story engaging and well-paced?
Rate: 0.25 cents per word (AUD) – upfront payment required
Turnaround: 1-3 weeks depending on current workload
Libby beta read the first six chapters of my very first attempt at a book. I was very nervous. I wanted honesty but not harsh feedback, and I was really pleased with Libby’s practical and specific advice.
First, Libby answered the questions I sent her, and she encouraged me as a new writer to keep trying. She pointed out a specific scene she thought worked well, and I appreciated receiving some positive comments
The advice she gave me for improvement was given in a polite and professional manner. She didn’t just tell me I needed to “show” more, she gave three specific examples of how I could do it. She also gave general advice on how to reveal backstory, and that I should break up blocks of dialogue.
Overall, I feel like I have work to do, but I now have a direction to head in, and I do not feel discouraged. Thank you, Libby!
Valerie Ward – Future author of Breeding Babies
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! This is exactly what I was looking for, if not even more!
Introducing the setting and characters are things I feel very shaky about — your feedback has really given me direction in this area. After reading over my work, I knew there was something wrong, I just didn’t know what. Your suggestions are exactly what is missing from it.
Your advice is very helpful and you gave it to me in a way that was supportive and made me excited to go back and work on my project. It was not destructive, but still direct.
Thank you again. I cannot express how helpful this all is and I think it’s going to help me edit my entire piece of work. You are really good at this!
Miranda Wright – Future author of Lake House