Our beta reading and proofreading services are paid services. The time frames are approximate and depend on the length of the manuscript and our other demands; we will send you your completed manuscript upon completion. We will not charge you for Rush Service fees if we finish your manuscript within a shorter time period and you have not requested Rush Service.
We ask that a deposit of 50% of the total cost is made before we begin our service. Once we have finished the work, we will send you an invoice which must be paid in full before we send the manuscript and any notes back to you. All transactions will be through Paypal. If you are sending from a Paypal account in a different currency, please let us know so we can calculate the fee in that currency. We use Google’s exchange rate calculation at time of transaction.
Fees are subject to change. Please note that our prices are in British Pound Sterling.
Single Service 1: Beta Reading
Who Can Be Requested? Dani or Jamie
Should you choose to work with us, the first 5,000 words of the first manuscript that we read and critique is free; thereafter, we charge £0.0015 per word. For example: Your manuscript is 85,000 words, the total cost of the beta read would be £120.00 ([85,000 – 5,000] * 0.0015 = £120). The time frame for completion is 4 weeks (28 days).
Single Service 2: Beta Rereading
Who Can Be Requested? Whomever initially read the manuscript
Once we have completed a full read through of your manuscript, we may on occasion agree to reread either the entire manuscript or a section of the manuscript depending on the extent of the revisions and the demand of our services. These rereads would be at a staggered price rate:
- A full reread (90%+ of the manuscript) would be 80% of the original cost.
- A reread of between 75%-90% of the manuscript would be 75% of the original cost.
- A reread of between 50%-75% of the manuscript would be 65% of the original cost.
- A reread of 25%-50% of the manuscript would be 55% of the original cost.
- A reread of 15%-25% of the manuscript would be 40% of the original cost.
- A reread of a single chapter would be a flat rate of £10. (Note: We will only accept a single chapter reread once per manuscript.)
Please note: If we notice that you have added a significant number of words since the first read, we reserve the right to reassess the cost.
Single Service 3: Proofreading
Who Can Be Requested? Dani
Should you choose to work with us, the first chapter of your novel that we proofread is free; thereafter, we charge £0.0018 per word. For example: if your manuscript is 85,000 words, the total cost of the proofread would be £144.00 (85,000 – 5,000 = 80,000*0.0018 = £144). The time frame for completion is 4 weeks (28 days).
Package Service 1: Beta Reading AND Proofreading
Who Can Be Requested? Dani
As noted on Our Services page, we will package the beta reading and proofreading upon request. This must be specifically noted in your email request to us. For this specific package, one person would do both services. Due to this, it could take up to five weeks (35 days) for this to be completed.
Should you choose to work with us, the first chapter of your novel that we read and critique is free; thereafter, we charge £0.002 per word. For example: if your manuscript is 85,000 words, the total cost of the package (beta read and proofread by one member) would be £160.00 ([85,000 – 5,000] * 0.002 = £160).
Package Service 2: Beta Reading AND Proofreading
Who Can Be Requested? Dani will Proofread; Jamie will Beta Read
For this package, our aim is for one person to beta read and one person to proofread for the best quality of both. Therefore, “Package Service 2” could take up to six weeks (42 days) to be completed. With this package, you will receive the opinion of both members. As both of us will be reading your manuscript, there would be an increase in the price.
As always, the first chapter of your novel that we read and critique is free; thereafter, we charge £0.0025 per word. For example: if your manuscript is 85,000 words, the total cost of the entire package (beta read by one member and proofread by one member) would be £200.00 ([85,000 – 5,000] * 0.0025 = £200).
Custom Package: Beta Reading with Live Updates and/or Consultations
Who Can Be Requested? Dani or Jamie
Build your own package! In addition to our standard beta reading, we offer you the chance to plug in additional services. These transform the beta reading service into a more interactive experience.
Due to the nature of this package, you would have the option to select your preferred beta reader. Please note that this may result in a delay in reviewing your manuscript depending on the availability of your desired reader.
Your beta reader will keep you constantly updated on their reading progress, including ‘live reactions’ during their reading. This would mean that the member would update you when they come across an interesting passage, something that doesn’t feel quite right based on what they have previously read or read afterward or answer questions you might have about a specific section, event or character. (These questions should be asked during the reading rather than afterwards so that you can assess what your readers might think at any particular moment during the story.)
Live updates can consist of:
- Instant messages
- Snapchat photos
If you would like to delve further into particular sections or issues, or you want to have regular conversations as the reader progresses, we can arrange Skype meetings. You can use the opportunity to really drill into our thoughts and feelings about certain chapters, events and/or characters.
Calls will need to be arranged in advance.
We also offer rereading consultations. If we have suggested a section be rewritten, or you have decided to rewrite one, we can reread that section and discuss it with you. Alternatively, if you believe a section should be rewritten and need to talk your ideas through with someone, we can arrange a call and further reading with you.
Due to the customisability of this package, the cost will vary. Below are rough prices for each of the additional services. If you would like to build a custom package, please contact us with your desired services and beta reader, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible with a quote.
- Live updates: £20
- Consultation calls: £15/call
- Rereading consultation: £15/10,000 words
You can either buy a package in one go or pay for each additional service as you use them.
Rush Service: Beta Reading OR Proofreading
As noted, our typical turnaround time is four weeks (28 days) upon receiving the manuscript. Rush Service may be fulfilled upon request. Due to the nature of this service, at this time we are currently only offering this for “Single Service” items and not for the “Package Service”. The pricing for this will be as follows:
Three days* upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional £40
One week (7 days) upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional £20
Two weeks (14 days) upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional £10
* Please note for the Three Days option we must receive your manuscript by Saturday at 10am Greenwich Mean Time in order to fulfill this request.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
We hope that everyone will enjoy our services, but in the event that you are not satisfied with our service, you are free to cancel at any point while we are reading. You will be charged only for what we have completed thus far. We ask that you contact us with your concerns first so that we may discuss a way to make this a rewarding process for everyone involved.
While reading, should we feel we will not be able to give an unbiased opinion on a piece of work because we are not enjoying the story process, we will email you immediately, and you will only be charged for the pages we have read and critiqued.