Loyal Lyre Services

All services are provided by Jessica - please get in touch directly with any questions, enquiries or custom order requests (developmental editing, copy-editing, etc.).
Free samples of up to 5000 words on request to ensure our compatibility.
I am winding up my services on Fiverr, however, you can still see the reviews with the testimonials below.

Alpha Reading

For unfinished or in development manuscripts

For early drafts or development of incomplete manuscripts (this is not developmental editing):


- whole or part novels

- untangle confused elements

- fix story dead ends

- potential theme exploration

- general continuity check


£.1.00 per page.


Delivery times will vary depending on length.


These are in depth and detailed analysis, and can be of any length for your manuscript - minimum of ten pages, no upper limit. It is best suited for authors who wish to have continuing review throughout their first draft. Complete manuscripts should be referred under a developmental or copy edit (custom), or beta read.


Beta Reading (Manuscript Critique)

For completed but unpublished manuscripts

My beta reads are highly in-depth reviews of your manuscript, and will give you only honest, straightforward and direct opinion of your work. Your MS should be complete and be on at least draft 2. For first drafts see Alpha Reading. Read my client testimonials for my happy customers. My beta reads are not for the the faint-hearted, however, my praise is as enthusiastic as my critique. 


For completed manuscripts:


- straightforward, honest and clear inline commentary

- full post-read report

- overall story review

- character evaluation

- pace and excitement

- clarity of themes

- plus specified elements you may wish particular attention on


Standard - £0.001 per word

Extra-fast - +£15

Delivery times:


up to 50k - Standard 5 days, Extra-fast 3 days

up to 100k - Standard 8 days, Extra-fast 5 days

up to 150k - Standard 11 days, Extra-fast 8 days

up to 200k - Standard 14 days, Extra-fast 11 days



For polished manuscripts ready for formatting

For fully completed and edited manuscripts:


- spelling and grammar check to specific style guide and dictionary

- any genre

- fiction


Proofreading is done in hard copy - this is the only way to ensure the proof is completed to the very best standard.


You must ensure your file is complete and edited to your final requirements (pre-formatting).

Price includes:

  • printing out the hard copy is built into the price

  • forwarding the hard copy to you is built into the price


Delivery times:


Due to the attention needed for proofreading files accurately, there is no extra-fast delivery available.


up to 50k - Standard 7 days - £70

up to 100k - Standard 14 days - £120

up to 150k - Standard 21 days - £170

up to 200k - Standard 28 days - £220


When an order is placed, we can confirm all specifics details. It is up to you to ensure that you understand any import charges, taxes or extra that you may be required to pay with deliveries from the UK. Loyal Lyre takes no responsibility for import laws in your country.


Formatting and Conversion

For polished, proofread manuscripts ready for publishing

For fully completed, edited and proofread books:


- physical PDF

- mobi

- epub

- nook

- kobo


I use Vellum, a Mac program designed specifically for this use. The manual formatting for manuscripts includes margins, indentation, gutters etc. and these are the elements processed automatically for Vellum, so the content can be the focus, as it should be.


We'll work together with the design you'd like and discuss what can be done to develop your manuscript into readable and fresh published material.

Formatting and conversion does not include proofreading. Errors will need to be corrected before conversion.


You must ensure your file is:


  • complete and laid out in chapters/parts as you require in the final version

  • in Microsoft Word format

  • arranged with chapters in a "Heading" format


After purchase I will get in touch to work with you on your manuscript. It can be found that errors still exist later on (proofreading is almost never perfect) and so you can request an update of your file up to two times within six months of first completion to ensure any lagging errors can be rectified.

Prices can be kept low providing I receive the manuscripts that are intended for formatting and conversion.


Delivery times:

up to 50k

Standard 3 days - £10

Extra-fast 1 day - £15

up to 100k

Standard 5 days - £15

Extra-fast 3 days - £20

up to 150k

Standard 7 days £20

Extra-fast 5 days- £25

up to 200k

Standard 9 days - £25

Extra-fast 7 days - £30


"I had the great pleasure of working with Jessica for two of my works. Her read throughs and notes helped me tremendously with the development of both.


She could pinpoint the inconsistencies in plot and structure, while presenting the issues in a way that supported my writing while giving honest critiques.


With her help, I was able to sell one to a publisher and self publish the other. I highly recommend her for beta reading if you want a successful novel to show the world."


Suze Robinson, author of Safe for Now

"Jess's feedback was phenomenal. The reader report was comprehensive and well-reasoned, with a good balance of commending what worked and pointing out areas for improvement.


Even better were the annotations in the novel itself, giving a 'live' commentary of what Jess was thinking and feeling as she read the book. And all of this was delivered way ahead of deadline. I am stunned at how brilliant this gig was and I now have masses of constructive feedback to help me edit my book.


I've already personally recommended Jess to a friend, who has booked a gig with her today. I will DEFINITELY be using her again myself. Thank you so much, Jess!"

Richard Millichip, MS in development, via Fiverr



"Sensational value for money from Jess. She delivered well in advance of the delivery date and her report on my manuscript was detailed, fair and insightful.


The comments Jess left in the manuscript showed she was really engaged in the story and provided a combination of motivating positive feedback and really useful ideas and suggestions. I now have a very clear idea of what I need to do to improve my manuscript.


I would not hesitate to use Loyal Lyre's services again. Highly recommended."


This was the second time I'd engaged Jess in a short period of time, and yet again she delivered a great service. Really encouraging feedback and some very sage advice for my next steps.

Darren Johns, MS in development, via Fiverr

"Amazing, amazing feedback. I would have expected to pay considerably more for such detailed and thoughtful notes. Highly recommended."

Grace Barber, MS in development, via Fiverr

"A very good beta read — very comprehensive reader's report, covering numerous aspects of the book (both positive reinforcement and constructive criticism). Very nice use of inline notes to give impressions of the book in-read (and places where I made logical screw-ups). If I used "very" this many times in a row in my book, I'm sure Jess would have pointed it out. Unreserved recommendation."​

Matthew Prinsen, MS in development, via Fiverr

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