Author Services

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My name is Jade, I’m 18. I will be offering author services, Some will be free and some paid. Part of my goal for this feature is helping Indie Authors. Book Reviews I plan to always offer for free, but beta reading will only be free for a limited time. I will be offering beta reading for free in exchange for experience. Please read through the entire page or service you are after before submitting a request. At the moment I only offer Book Reviews & Beta Reading.

e0d4e51873168ae0485f71e07dce441f_purple-scroll-banner-clip-art-purple-scroll-clipart_600-271I offer book reviews for free. If you are interested in having me read and review your book, Please read over my Review Policy to find out more information about my reviews, what my review will contain, preferred genres and formats, what to include in your Email, and how to contact me.

e0d4e51873168ae0485f71e07dce441f_purple-scroll-banner-clip-art-purple-scroll-clipart_600-271I offer Beta Reading for free to authors who think their work isn’t quite ready for editing but far beyond the first draft, currently free for a limited time. If you are looking for someone to beta read your book and give you feedback on it, I’d be happy to help. I haven’t had much experience being a beta reader, but I am an avid reader and I know what makes a book unique. I can provide critical feedback for you. I found out about the existence of beta reading and I’d love to give a try!

What is Beta Reading:

A beta reader is a reader who offers critique and feedback on a finished manuscript, on aspects of the craft such as pacing, plot, character development, grammar, sentence structure, etc., so you can adjust it before you set it loose on the world.

Preferred Genres:

I am open to any genre, but these are the one’s I’ll most likely accept.

Middle Grade: Adventure, Fantasy

Young Adult: Contemporary, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retellings, LGBTQIA+, Paranormal, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Horror, Romance, Historical Fiction

New Adult: Contemporary, Fantasy

Adult: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance

General Terms and Conditions:

I do not guarantee the acceptance of every request. A rejection is not a personal bias against you or your work.

I will require at least 2-3 weeks to read your manuscript. I will read every word of your manuscript at least once, and provide a 1-3 page report with feedback on all the issues I noticed with quotations and explanations, as well as suggestions for how to fix it.

If you require feedback on your manuscript within a specific time period, please provide that information along with your request.

If you require certain feedback or there are certain parts of the book you would like me to take more notice of, please provide/state that information along with your request.

Following the completion of my Beta reading, you will be sent a feedback form to provide an honest evaluation of my services including constructive criticism, if any.

In your message, briefly outline the following:

A description of your manuscript – what it’s about (without giving too much away, of course), the genre and word count

Which Format you will be sending it to me in, If I were to accept

What you’re looking for in terms of feedback, turnaround time etc.

You also need to provide instructions or guidelines for the kind of feedback you’re looking for. This will help to ensure that you’ll get detailed, specific, useful feedback.

Your guidelines should outline the specific aspects of your manuscript you would like me to focus on.

This might include things like:

Whether a particular character arc works or doesn’t work

Whether particular scenes or sections are necessary or superfluous

Whether world-building or setting is detailed and authentic

Whether the pacing is too slow/too fast

Whether there are any plot holes or inconsistencies

Character development and world building

Dialogues and readability

Clichés and believability

Overall impression.

I will:

Provide a 1-3 page report with feedback on all the issues I noticed with quotations and explanations, as well as suggestions for how to fix it.

Send you a feedback form to provide an honest evaluation of my services including constructive criticism, if any.

Always provide honest feedback: about the good and the bad of your book.

Always meet the deadline I am given. So once I agree to a timeline, I will try my hardest to meet it.

If I am unable to meet the deadline,  always let the author know about the delay.

Respect the Author’s Guidelines. If you require certain feedback, I would really appreciate if you could state that with your request.

Try to provide a fresh, objective view of your manuscript.

Help you to realise your vision for the story.

Do my best to help you figure out what type and tone of story your going for, and shape my comments to help you figure out where your falling short of your vision.

Read your story from the perspective of a reader, not an editor.  This means I don’t look for things like specific grammar errors but I will point out if I noticed a significant number of mistakes.

Offer constructive criticism about characterization, dialogue, pacing, and look for plot inconsistencies.

Offer ideas on how to improve the story.

Try to work within your time frame or give you a reasonable estimate as to how long the job will take me.

Expect you to accept my constructive feedback with an open mind.

Provide this in-depth criticism in a written document.

I will not:

Withhold feedback from the author and then trash it in an online review after it’s released.

Negatively review a book I’ve beta read without reading the final version to see if the issues were resolved.

Try to impose my vision onto the author’s work.

Plagiarise or share/expose confidential details of your work before you’re ready.

Publicly post the feedback that I offer.  Beta Reading is different from a Public Review.

Offer suggestions that take away your “voice” as an author.

Attempt to rewrite your work for you.

Copy edit or proofread your story. That is not what a Beta Reader does.

Coddle you. Authors need honest, objective feedback. See examples of my Reviews.

If you’d like to work with me, please contact me at: drinkcoffeeandreadbooks18@gmail.com

 

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