This is a new service I’m offering on a trial basis – for a fee of £50 I will read, edit and report on your first 10k words. I will look at writing style, content, plot, characterisation, use of setting etc. This report will help you to consider the stage your writing is at and how to proceed further. If your project is suitable, I will then offer a full beta read for an extra fee.
Alpha Reading, Beta Reading
An alpha reader reads a piece of work early in the writing stage, and will provide feedback to help you with the structure and approach of your novel. A beta reader is someone who test reads your book later on in the writing process. A critique is a very detailed analysis of your writing. Although I refer here to beta reading, the service I provide covers alpha reading, beta reading and a brief critique. When I beta read, I will provide whatever support I feel is needed, depending on the issues I find. I provide a running commentary, showing where I’m particularly engaged in the story, where I find something confusing or where I start to lose interest, aiming to explain why particular sections work or don’t work for me and whether the plot stands up to scrutiny. I will check your meaning is clear, your writing style is consistent and point out any major issues with grammar/spelling/punctuation if they affect meaning, although I will not proofread the work – that is for a later stage. If I notice issues in your approach, for example inconsistent point of view or use of tense, I will raise the point with you and discuss any questions you have. I aim to be supportive, helping you to produce the best piece of work you can.
As well as the commentary, provided via comment boxes in either PDF or Word format, I will provide general notes on your piece of work, on issues such as characterisation, setting and style.
On completion of the read, I will be in a position to advise you on what level of editing your project requires.
Some writers make a distinction between alpha reading and beta reading. I find that I adjust my approach depending on what I find, although if you have concerns that you need alpha level support please do let me know at the outset.
Paid beta reading service – current clients only at the moment unless I have already assessed the first 10k words and consider it suitable
For the fee of £60* I will read your work and give you detailed feedback on plot, characters and writing style, as well as any other issues that jump to my notice. There is usually a waiting list of a month or two for beta reads, and the read itself could take anything from a week to a month, depending on workload and the quality of the writing. Payments are usually made via paypal invoice or BACS.
*£60 is the fee for up to 100,000 words. £90 for up to 150,000 words, £120 for up to 200,000 words. £20 of the beta read fee will be credited against any further work I do for you, such as editing or proofreading.
This involves a thorough pulling apart of your work, checking all details and structure. This often builds on an alpha/beta read and provides an opportunity for more thorough feedback, including rechecking after rewrites.
As the work involved will vary from project to project, I will discuss a price for this with you after beta if you are interested in using this service.
Copyediting means going through your work in more detail than a beta read but less detail than substantive editing. I will go through your work line by line, making sure it flows well and makes sense, correcting any spelling/punctuation/grammar issues and I will also point out any errors in the plot/continuity that I find, but I will not be analysing the structure in detail. Copyediting includes considering consistency of characters, settings and timeline.
Charges start from £10 per 1,000 words for a very basic check. Please do ask for a sample edit.
Proofreading is the final stage before publishing – I will read carefully through your text, making sure spelling and punctuation are as perfect as we can make them. I will also do a final check on grammar and sense. If the work is in its final format, I will also be looking for layout errors.
The charge for proofreading is £6 per 1,000 words (£600 for a 100,000 word novel). This consists of two close readings of each part of the text and assumes that the work involves looking for and correcting errors in text/simple layout only – complex layout checks, checking images etc. takes longer and will cost more.
I can set your manuscript in the correct format to publish via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) service or other service, such as Createspace – £90 for typesetting and creation of PDF for print, or £60 for ebook (epub and mobi). I may be able to offer a combined price if both print and ebook are needed from the same basic Word file. If your book requires a more elaborate layout than a straightforward manuscript, then please let me know and ask for a quote, and I will be happy to discuss the design and costs with you.
I use InDesign for typesetting documents and manuscripts for print, and Jutoh for the creation of ebooks, both in epub (for ibooks) and mobi (for kindle).
I can create a simple design for your cover, if that is all you need. If you require a more elaborate design, you might take a look at http://www.justpublishit.com/cover-design-adverts.