Alpha and beta readers give feedback on a manuscript from a reader’s perspective. An alpha reader looks at a rough draft in development, while a beta reader considers a polished manuscript.
At either stage, an alpha or beta reader might answer the following questions and more:
An alpha or beta reader gives a writer a crucial second opinion on their manuscript -- one that can move the project forward.
How it works:
Click on the appropriate green button to the right to purchase at any time. We'll email you right back to schedule your reading.
You'll then email your manuscript to us. Your assigned alpha or beta reader will read your manuscript and, depending on the length, offer either a marked-up copy (for shorter manuscripts) or two to three pages of notes (on a longer manuscript).
This is not an editing or review service and, to keep the cost low, there is no follow-up meeting or email discussion as there is for Gail's other services.
Alpha or beta reading for a short story of 4000 words or less: $40 + GST/HST.
Alpha or beta reading for a longer story of 20,000 words or less: $80 + GST/HST.
Alpha or beta reading for a novella of 45,000 words or less: $160 + GST/HST.
Alpha or beta reading for a novel of 100,000 words or less: $300 + GST/HST.
All manuscripts must be in 12-point, Times New Roman, double-spaced.
For more information or to submit your manuscript for an alpha or beta reading, email Gail’s office at email@example.com
“Thank you so much for your input and guidance on my story. I have pored over the notes and have learned so much about my own (of course flawed) process -- admitting that it's flawed being part of the process!”
-- Florence MacDonald, an award-winning, internationally produced playwright and short story writer