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BETA READING

Beta reading is a hugely popular way of having your manuscript critiqued and reviewed minus the public fear of rejection. If you're ready for a serious review, an in-depth and honest report of your work, and the promise you will have something strong to build on, you are in the right place.

Loyal Lyre has been helping other indie authors for a long time (and been helped in return), but some things never change. You NEED honesty in your beta readers with emphasis on the highs and lows, and wishy-washy backside kissing to avoid hurt feelings is not going make you a stronger, more confident writer.

Grow your skin a little thicker to join that 3% that go the whole mile and finally publish that book that's been stirring in your blood.

It's hard hearing honest opinions, we feel your pain. But it's always better to get a private viewing before you hand it to the world. It's not about being rude and brutal, it's about directly raising problems that will take your potential readers OUT of your story, and offering possible solutions to think about.

 

Beta reads do not include line editing, proofreading or any level of rewrites. Our tiers are below and start dates will rely on current workloads.

 

Get in touch with your requirements, or a free 2000 word sample to see if we are compatible.​

GOLD BETA READ

The top tier for beta reading

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Contact for advice on your manuscript, time and cost

  • A completed manuscript fully edited at least ONCE 

  • A Word document allowing commentary

  • Payment equalling 0.0011GBP per word

WHAT YOU GET

  • Full manuscript read

  • Inline commentary in your Word doc for immediate reaction

  • Assessment of characters and conflict/s

  • Readability and comprehensibility

  • Storyline and theme/s

  • Structure, POV and continuity

  • Pace, urgency and captivation

  • Specific attention of your choice if required, eg. help with dialect or context if your book is set in Britain and you're not a native

  • Highlight only persistent spelling errors (their/there/they're and the like)

  • Summary report of above factors, likes, dislikes and recommended improvement

  • Approx. 50k words per week (dependent on manuscript and workload)

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 SILVER BETA READ

The second tier for beta reading

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Contact for advice on your manuscript, time and cost

  • A completed manuscript that is believed ready for publishing 

  • A Word document for reading on Kindle (requirement for adaptable font size)

  • Payment equalling

    • up to 50k words 20GBP per ms

    • 50k-75k words 30GBP per ms

    • 75k-100k words 40GBP per ms

    • 100k-125k words 50GBP per ms

    • Upwards of 125k words - enquire

WHAT YOU GET

  • Full manuscript read

  • Summary report of:

    • Characters and conflict

    • Readability and comprehensibility

    • Storyline and theme/s

    • Structure, POV and continuity

    • Pace, urgency and captivation

    • Likes, dislikes and recommended improvement

    • 3-5 day turnover​ (dependent on length and workload)

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