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Signe J.
$70/hr
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  • Developmental Editing
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Resume Writing
  • Line Editing
  • Editor
  • Academic Editing
  • Academic Writing
  • Writing
  • LinkedIn Development
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Book Editing
  • LinkedIn Profile Creation
  • Copy Editing
  • Applicant Tracking Systems

I am an accomplished resume writer, developmental editor, copyeditor, and proofreader with a proven track record. My resume clients are consistently discovered by recruiters and hiring managers and are invited to job interviews. Furthermore, my editing clients have published in literary, academic, and trade publications in addition to signing with literary agents and publishing their books both traditionally and independently. I've also edited personal statements and application essays that have resulted in my clients being admitted to law school, medical school, dental school, and more. I have a versatile skill set. I write professional...

Susan S.
$90/hr
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  • Writing
  • Editor
  • Copy Editing
  • Proofreading
  • English Grammar
  • English Spelling
  • English Tutoring
  • English Proofreading
  • Creative Writing
  • Book Marketing
  • Narrative
  • Content Creation
  • Memoir Writing
  • Storytelling

I am an award-winning novelist who has published two books with a major New York City publishing house. My first novel went to auction and five publishing houses bid on it. It was also an IndieNext pick. My second book won the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award for Excellence in Fiction. It was called "Compulsively readable" by Kirkus Reviews. It was number four on PopSugar's list of must-read books, and it was featured in USA Today. My third novel was published by Koehler Books in October, 2019. I have extensive editing, development editing and proofreading experience and have worked with acclaimed authors. I offer everything from intensive...

Mairead B.
$35/hr
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  • Copy Editing
  • Line Editing
  • Academic Editing
  • Fiction
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Book Editing
  • Short Story Writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Writing
  • Developmental Editing
  • Formatting
  • Article Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Creative Writing

I'm a writer, editor, and coach with nearly a decade of successful experience. As an editor, I have a careful eye for details, fact-checking, and correcting errors. I ensure that texts are clear, concise, and compelling. I have multiple professional credits for writing in various formats and style guides, and my work has won awards. I create original copy and rewrite existing texts to help businesses and individuals achieve their goals. I adapt to the client, audience, and specifications. Whether it's marketing, academic, or fiction, I'd love to help you with your project. Thanks so much for your interest!

Jennifer D.
$25/hr
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  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Review
  • Fiction
  • Manuscript
  • Book Editing
  • Proofreading
  • English
  • Fiction Writing
  • English Proofreading
  • English Spelling
  • English Punctuation
  • Editor
  • Creative Writing

Allow me to help you reach your fiction goals. You can utilize my skills in a number of ways. I will proofread your fiction manuscript to ensure it is free of any spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. I will help you edit your work to eliminate redundant words, plot inconsistencies, flow issues, and characterization problems, and more. After your manuscript is polished, I will beta read the work and give you a comprehensive report of my impression, answering any questions you have. Once your book is completed, I will write a detailed and honest book review that I will then post to the websites of your choice. By hiring me you...

Kristen W.
$60/hr
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  • Publishing Fundamentals
  • Editor
  • Creative Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Developmental Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Book Editing
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Content Strategy

I'm a professional publishing consultant, editor, and writing coach with years of experience in the publishing industry. When working with you, my mission is to be your go-to collaborator for your project by remaining highly focused on your needs and by providing high-quality deliverables tailored to your project's goals. We can begin working together at any stage of your publishing journey as my skills and services include writing coaching, beta reading, editorial assessments, developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and publishing consulting. Having worked at two university presses, I have experience with manuscripts of all...

Hannah Kaye T.
$30/hr
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  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Administrative Support
  • Proofreading
  • Developmental Editing
  • Time Management
  • Fantasy
  • Researcher
  • Literature
  • Children's Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • Fact-Checking
  • Romance

We all crave stories, for stories are an opportunity to escape our own worlds for a little while. As an experienced beta reader and proofreader with a BA in English Literature, I help writers elevate their stories and manuscripts to their maximum potential with my versatile skill set. Whether through in-depth beta reader reports/developmental manuscript evaluations, brainstorming sessions or providing an extra pair of eyes for proofreading. I aim to be your go-to collaborator and support for your project, Services I Offer: • Developmental Manuscript Evaluations/Alpha Reads/Beta Read Reports • Proofreading • Brainstorm Sessions •...

Sarah B.
$25/hr
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  • Copy Editing
  • Academic Editing
  • Line Editing
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • English
  • Writing
  • Book Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Editor
  • Academic Proofreading
  • Error Detection

I hold a PhD from the University of Stirling in Publishing Studies, focusing on online publishing and fan culture. I also hold a first-class honours degree in English Literature from St Andrews University, two Master of Letters (MLitt) degrees from St Andrews and Stirling (in Shakespeare Studies and Publishing Studies, respectively) and a diploma in Creative Writing from the Open University. Academically, my interests include literature and creative writing, digital publishing, and creative communities and cultures. More broadly I am also interested in television and film, food and cookery, linguistics, and reading fiction. I have...

Dustin B.
$47/hr
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  • Copy Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Ghostwriting
  • Creative Writing
  • Editor
  • Proofreading
  • English - North America
  • Developmental Editing
  • Line Editing
  • English Proofreading
  • Microsoft Word
  • Book Editing
  • English
  • Book

Come one, come all! I'm a fiction/non-fiction editor and freelance writer with ten years of experience under my belt, graduating in 2011 with a Master's in English Literature from the University of Alberta. Beyond my formal education, I am one of the more creative, out-of-the-box thinkers you'll ever meet. What I can provide: • Fiction/Non-fiction editing (Developmental, Line and Copy Editing) • Ghostwriting • Book Assessments (RECOMMENDED prior to any editing) • Book Formatting for Publication (eBook and Print) • Author Mentorship Accomplishments: • 2012-Present - Owner and Lead Editor of The Author's Hand, a website that mentors...

Rebecca K.
$25/hr
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  • Editor
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Writing
  • Content Editing
  • US English Dialect
  • Fiction Writing
  • Line Editing
  • Developmental Editing
  • Copy Editing
  • Book Editing
  • Romance
  • Novel
  • Proofreading
  • Fantasy

Hello! My name is Rebecca Joy. I can help writers like you develop your content, improve technical aspects of your writing, and polish your manuscript for publication with my editing, proofreading, and beta reading services. I especially love working with romance and fantasy novels, and I have experience working with young adult, fantasy, romance, contemporary fiction, and action/adventure novels, as well short stories and nonfiction on a variety of subjects. If you don't see something that fits your needs in my project offerings, send me a message and we'll make a custom package that works for you! Skills and Qualifications:...

Evelyn J.
$32/hr
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  • English Proofreading
  • Editor
  • Proofreading
  • Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Ghostwriting
  • Science Fiction
  • Punctuation
  • Book Writing
  • Romance
  • Content Writing
  • Developmental Editing
  • Copy Editing
  • Track Changes

Hi, I'm Evelyn. I'm a writer, and I have years of experience in beta reading & editing via EAJ Author Services. As a reader and writer, I offer intimate perspectives that help writers sharpen and finetune their manuscript. I will also write content that pleases your demands.

Bethany H.
$40/hr
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  • Novel
  • Review
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Blog Content
  • Writing
  • Book Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Editor
  • Proofreading
  • Microsoft Word
  • Researcher
  • Article Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Website Content

Are you looking for honest feedback on your work with great detail? I have experience as a proofreader, editor, beta reader, writer, and English tutor (TEFL). I was a communications/journalism major in my undergraduate program and I possess a deep passion for the written word. Additionally, I have a Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership & Management. My academic papers have been presented as examples for future students. I am flexible and have a wide portfolio of experience in this industry.

Clint T.
$40/hr
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  • Writing
  • Editor
  • Proofreading
  • Teaching English
  • Ghostwriting
  • General Transcription
  • Ebook Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • English Grammar
  • Grammar
  • Copywriting
  • English
  • Content Writing
  • Book Writing

Do you have a killer idea but not the hours to write it? Have you hit a bump in the road and need some help getting over it? Or maybe you're thinking you want to publish but need a second set of eyes or some guidance along the way. Wherever you are in your writing journey, I've not only helped others in that same predicament, I've been there myself. For nearly 15 years I've worked as a ghostwriter, editor, proofer, researcher, teacher, and coach with clients from Indianapolis to Indonesia in traditional, boutique, and KDP/self-publishing situations to get them from where they are to "The End." Whether you're looking at westerns,...

Nichole H.
$35/hr
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  • Book Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Content Editing
  • Creative Writing
  • Track Changes
  • Developmental Editing
  • Copy Editing
  • Line Editing
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • English

Hi, I'm Nichole Heydenburg, an Indie Author, Freelance Editor, and Beta Reader. I graduated from college with honors in 2014. I have a BA in English with an emphasis in writing. I have 5+ years of professional writing and editing experience. Since college, I have gained experience as a freelance editor, standardized test evaluator, and the content manager of a startup company, thus diversifying my writing, editing, and content creation skills. In 2021, I quit my full-time job as a content manager to start Poisoned Ink Press. Now I work full-time as a fiction book editor, which means your books are my top priority. I'm a member of the...

Angela H.
$28/hr
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  • English Proofreading
  • Proofreading
  • Academic Proofreading
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Writing
  • Tutoring
  • Essay Writing
  • Book Writing
  • Online Writing
  • Short Story Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • Market Research
  • Commenting

I have loved writing my entire life. After teaching high school English for 21 years, and college GED & creative writing for 2 years I suffered a spinal cord injury and can no longer teach in a classroom. But my passion for writing and teaching remains the same, and I now work as a private tutor and virtual learning tutor from home. I have also taught several online courses in creative writing, and I freelance as a writer, and proofreader/editor. I enjoy all aspects of the arts, from theatre to concerts, and enjoy photography, traveling, swimming, and cooking, among many other things. I am outgoing, patient, compassionate, detail-oriented,...

Sally S.
$15/hr
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  • Editor
  • Microsoft Word
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Adobe PDF
  • Proofreading
  • Academic Editing
  • Content Editing
  • Technical Editing
  • Copy Editing

I am native English-speaking, with a bachelor’s degree in English. I have been editing for 7 years. My editing skills include working for two e-book publishing companies, a monthly magazine, and individual authors. Throughout my career, I have edited fiction, nonfiction, and dissertation papers, including romance, inspirational romance, mysteries, and science fiction. In my role at the e-book publishing companies, I was a content editor and a copy editor. This entailed reading through a story several times to produce an error-free document. I have a fast turn-around time and I have the knowledge and skills to offer feedback on your project,...

Persephonie C.
$30/hr
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  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing
  • Typing
  • Microsoft Word
  • Customer Service
  • Ghostwriting
  • Editor
  • English - North America
  • Editing & Proofreading

I am a lifetime lover of literature, writing, and creative thinking. I received my B.A. in Creative Writing and Technical Writing from Texas Tech University and I am looking forward to tackling a wide variety of projects here on Upwork! I have been published in 2 literary journals that feature short stories, as well as various online publications for articles and news stories. I have experience in beta reading, editing/proofreading, and content creation. In writing, my expertise lies in crafting engaging articles to reach a wide audience. I've written a little bit (or in some cases a large bit) of everything from...

Megan G.
$38/hr
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  • Book Writing
  • Romance
  • Publishing Fundamentals
  • Young Adult
  • Book Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Developmental Editing
  • Publishing
  • Interactive Video Game Dialogue
  • English

I'm a fiction editor and writer with four published YA novels and two published NA novels. My strongest editing/writing is romance, contemporary, urban fantasy, and paranormal, but lately I've been drawn to mysteries, too. I also have experience in mobile game dialogue writing, manuscript development and reviewing, and plotting. Plus, I work in a library, so I truly cannot get enough of books and the written word. I'm here to treat your work with the same care and attention as my own. I prefer to work on a per word basis for a flat rate. Let me know how I can help you!

Veronica J.
$29/hr
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  • Developmental Editing
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Creative Writing
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • WordPress
  • Word Processing
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Administrative Support
  • Academic Editing
  • Copy Editing
  • Line Editing
  • Content Development

Welcome to my page :) A full-time freelance editor with over four years as an assistant editor for two national magazines. As a freelance editor/proofreader for several years, I've worked on various books, academic reports, and website content. I'll help you with your documentation no matter the stage rather it needs developmental edits, copy editing, or with a final proofread before it goes to print/KDP.

Amy C.
$30/hr
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  • Error Checking
  • English Spelling
  • Microsoft Word
  • Proofreading
  • Editor
  • Writing
  • English Punctuation
  • English Proofreading
  • Line Editing
  • Academic Editing

I'm an editorial assistant to a literary agent in Toronto and a book editor for The Urban Writers. I edit fiction, non-fiction, and academic manuscripts for publication. I offer proofreading and line editing services for: Ph.D. dissertations, graduate thesis, undergraduate essays, articles, blog posts, blurbs, short stories, and manuscripts. As a full-time editor, I feel confident that I can polish your document. I also offer flat rates for projects should you not wish to pay hourly. Feel free to browse my gigs or send me a message to discuss your project. Let's collaborate!

Lemya M.
$40/hr
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  • Document Review
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Line Editing
  • Copy Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Proofreading
  • Formatting
  • Content Editing
  • Content Writing
  • Book Editing
  • Developmental Editing
  • Editor

Want no-fluff, SEO, and reader-friendly content? You found it. I write and edit articles and web content that both Google and readers love. Start a successful, long-term collaboration now! Hit that hire button. Here's what my clients say about me: - "She was able to quickly orient herself and were able to add value (by fixing our copy) right away." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "Highly skilled writer, easy to communicate with, and most importantly cares about her work. Highly recommended." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "Lemya was terrific" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "Lemya is an excellent content writer, very cooperative, and strived to provide the best possible output. Highly recommended and would...

Kristy P.
$35/hr
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  • Fact-Checking
  • Line Editing
  • Copy Editing
  • Book Editing
  • Ebook Design
  • Technical Editing
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Kindle Direct Publishing
  • Editor
  • Nonfiction
  • Manuscript
  • Developmental Editing
  • Fiction
  • Dialogue Editing
  • Biography & Memoir

I'm a highly rated, published editor with decades of experience. My clients are publishing companies, self-publishing authors, and corporations. You'll find I'm fast, responsive, professional, meticulous, and easy to work with. Experience includes: 48 novels 25 nonfiction books 22 memoirs 56 professional exam study guides 6 essays 6 short stories 3 ghostwritten novels Countless scientific and academic research papers, blogs, white papers, manuals, brochures, and websites A native English speaker, I never miss deadlines, and I don't overcharge. You'll get personalized service, from beginning to end, because one of my greatest joys is...

Zachary L.
$30/hr
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  • English Spelling
  • Proofreading
  • Editor
  • English Proofreading
  • Text Formatting
  • Researcher
  • Writing
  • English Punctuation
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Creative Writing
  • English

Grammar is not a law, but an instrument: one that is meant to be learned, practiced, and mastered. It is my goal to help you elevate your technique and craft, whether that be through editing or writing.

Rachael A.
$60/hr
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  • Memoir Writing
  • Biography Writing
  • Internet Research
  • Fantasy
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • Autobiography
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
  • English
  • British English Dialect
  • English Grammar
  • Developmental Editing
  • English Proofreading

YOUR STORY SHOULD LIVE AFTER YOU. There are memories you want to convey as messages. By intelligent interactions, we will, piece by piece, realize honest definitions of these memories. Does your manuscript look like a mess and yet, it contains your grit and soul? Something you want badly to tell the world, yet you're not sure you want your name on it? If so, I'm happy to tell you that this is just the first step in putting out stories that live long and free! AS YOUR GHOSTWRITER/EDITOR/COLLABORATOR, it is my job to piece every single detail together, to ultimately create something your reader will appreciate. I can offer: •...

Emilie N.
$125/hr
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  • Financial Report
  • Financial Projection
  • Business Plan
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Reporting
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Data Analysis
  • Cost Analysis
  • Financial Policies & Procedures
  • French
  • Market Research

International CFO. I leverage my experience in big corporation (blue ships companies like Procter & Gamble, Hanesbrands) and mid-size companies to find solutions/help start-ups and smaller companies. Since 3 years I decided to put my skills at the service of smaller corporations and charity organizations. I am also involved in crowfunding/startups projects. I can bring you the following competencies depending on your short term needs both on a strategical level but also on really operational tasks: - Financial processes: set up financial planning processes (budget, monthly reviews, forecast). - Analysis of your business: example is...

Vicky K.
$45/hr
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  • Creative Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Line Editing
  • Business Writing
  • English Grammar
  • English Punctuation
  • English Spelling
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
  • Editor

Does your writing need a little polish? I will spot your tangled terminology, your dodgy apostrophes, and the use of "actually" fifteen times in the space of a page... and help you to smooth things out. Together we can tweak, tune and tighten up your prose and help your writing flow. Copy and line editing in British and US English, specialising in non-fiction and RPG texts (that's role-playing games, not rocket-propelled grenades). 15+ years of writing and editing experience and a passion for great writing at your service! Beta reading and manuscript feedback also available. If you'd like an editor on the same page to help level up your...

Rose F.
$50/hr
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  • Lifestyle & Travel
  • Creative Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Blog Writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • SEO Writing
  • Writing
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Editor
  • English
  • Article Writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Fiction Writing

I'm a former NBC Universal Cable Productions employee, happy to be the "Jack-of-all-trades" creative writer on your team. - I have script coverage experience from NBC and script development experience as a freelancer, in addition to being a screenwriter myself. - I'm the author of the young adult novel "How to Get Your Heart Broken." - I'm an experienced blogger with lifestyle, entertainment, travel, and music writing experience. - My personal essays have been featured in publications like Carefree Mag and Reclamation Magazine. - I'm a lyricist, poet, and musician - I have food writing experience through my personal blog - I have a...

Jacquelyn S.
$50/hr
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  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Copy Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Researcher
  • Creative Writing
  • Editor
  • Developmental Editing
  • Line Editing

Words tell a story, but great words can create a memory. I have an MA in English and Creative Writing, graduating with a 3.89 GPA, and have worked as an evaluator for a literary magazine, an assistant at a literary agency, and a copywriter for Amazon. Currently, I am a writer, tutor, and adjunct professor. At each of my positions, I have helped writers and students understand the craft of writing, and in some cases, how to get their work noticed. I am fluent in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; whether you need help editing your short story or a beta reader for your novel, look no further. My website is: LiterallySchultz.com

$NaN/hr

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How to Hire Top Beta Readers

How to hire beta readers

Beta readers can provide feedback to help you improve a manuscript in progress. Or help you edit a manuscript before sending it to a publisher.

So how do you hire beta readers? What follows are some tips for finding top beta readers on Upwork.

How to shortlist beta reading professionals

As you’re browsing available beta readers, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the talent you may want to interview. You can scan profiles on criteria such as: 

  • Type of beta reading. You may want a beta reading specialist who understands the type of beta reading you’re dealing with, whether it’s a specific genre, culture, or topic.
  • Project experience. Screen candidate profiles for specific skills and experience (e.g., beta reading teen romance novels).
  • Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular beta reading specialist.

How to write an effective beta reading job post

With a clear picture of your ideal beta reading specialist in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for an independent professional to know if they’re the right fit for the project. 

An effective beta reading job post should include: 

  • Scope of work: From providing general impressions to editing grammatical errors, list all the deliverables you’ll need. 
  • Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project. 
  • Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, topics, or genres, mention this here. 
  • Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts

Ready to find an independent professional to help with your beta reading project? Log in and post your beta reading job on Upwork today.

BETA readers FAQ

What is beta reading?

Beta readers are people who read and provide feedback on manuscripts, such as typos, grammatical errors, or structural issues. Many authors use beta readers before submitting a manuscript to a professional editor.

Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in beta reading professionals:

  • Beta reading
  • Types of beta reading (e.g., technical, genre, subject matter)
  • Familiarity with style guides (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago)
  • Basic editing knowledge (e.g., book editing, technical editing, academic editing)

Why hire beta readers?

The trick to finding top beta readers is to identify your needs. You know you need someone familiar with beta reading, but do you need someone to read an 8-page chapter and provide general feedback? Or someone to read a 400-page manuscript and provide detailed notes per chapter?

The cost of your project will depend largely on your scope of work and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life. 

How much does it cost to hire a beta reading specialist?

Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, detailed critique required, and length of the manuscript.

  • An experienced beta reading specialist may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
  • A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their beta reading services more competitively. 

Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.

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