I’ll be honest. I could not provide a reasonable beta read for free. There is no incentive to ploughing through something, analysing it, and compiling a coherent report, for nothing. To some authors, paid for beta reads are anathema.
No one should have to pay for a beta read goes the thinking. But if you read some of the dire stories of people who haven’t paid and have waited for months for nothing or a one-liner you can see why editors have added beta reading to their portfolios.
I’ve been surprised that two of my recent beta-read authors have been award-winning media professionals. Surely these are the sort of authors who don’t need beta readers? Or, do they want a view from someone with a similar professional background?
Here’s Cynthia’s view:
Her review and report — she writes a thorough report — were excellent. A former journalist – she asked great questions, made key observations.
Back I went to the manuscript — polishing, polishing.
Congrats to her keen eyes, skillful suggestions and empathy for anxious authors. Other authors tell me she’s also a wonderfully professional editor, which makes total sense to me. But even if you already have your own editor, I’d still recommend her, as an extra pair of eyes.
Thank you, Cynthia for that glowing endorsement. Much appreciated. There’s a little bit of me that goes zzzzzing when a colleague from my industry applauds my work.