Flora’s Author Services

I currently offer a free ARC book review service and a fee based beta reading service.

Genres Accepted: Adult paranormal romance and paranormal mysteries, including novellas and short stories. Full manuscripts only NOT partially completed.

Please keep reading for further information before Contacting Me.

I currently review books that I’ve purchased for myself, as well as ARCs (Advance or Early Reader Copy) that I’ve received from authors or publishers both directly and through NetGalley.

Reading has always been a passion of mine and I share my reviews to help fellow book-a-holics find another book to add to their already overflowing shelves and hopefully introduce them to their next favourite read!

A link to my reviews are posted on my Twitter feed, Flora’s Musings on Facebook and on Goodreads as well as on Amazon (subject to Amazon approval). Oh, and I add links to the authors websites in my blog posts so that my followers can check them out themselves.

If you would like me review your book but need it reviewed by a certain date, please remember to let me know in the message section on the contact form. Thanks.

Are you an author? Have you finished the final draft of your manuscript and want to test the reception with readers before you publish?  My Beta Reader Service might be just what you need at this point in your writing journey.

Share your manuscript with me and I will provide you with feedback on your book and let you know which elements I loved and which I thought could be improved, and how.

Many authors send their manuscript off for beta reading so that they can gain some feedback from their target audience; ensuring that their book is well suited for readers, is conveying the right message and is enjoyable, before they move on to final editing or publishing.

How do I do this?

After reading your manuscript, I will complete a detailed feedback report answering thirty questions arranged into opening scene, characters & dialogue, plot & conflict, flow & pacing, setting & world building, writing style and overall impression which will be sent to you within the agreed time-frame. You can then use this feedback to guide your editing process and ensure that your novel resonates with its future readers.

I offer two beta reading levels of service; Beta Read 1.0 and Beta Read 2.0

What’s included in Beta Read 1.0:

  • One read through of your manuscript
  • A feedback report detailing my thoughts about your manuscript. All aspects will be considered; opening scene, characters & dialogue, plot & conflict, flow & pacing, setting & world building, writing style and overall impression.
  • A CONFIDENTIAL service. Your manuscript will only be discussed with you and will never be discussed or shared with anyone else.

 What’s NOT included in Beta Read 1.0:

  • In-line comments added to your manuscript.
  • Copy editing, proofreading, grammar and sentence structure. That is not what a professional beta reader does. However, I will let you know if I feel help is needed in that area.
  • In depth developmental editing; you are not paying me to rewrite your story for you. However, I am happy to clarify any of my comments for you on request.
  • Fact checking for dates, historical or scientific accuracy, etc.
  • Publicly post my feedback. Beta reading is different from a book review; this is just between you and me.

 

What’s included in Beta Read 2.0:

  • One read through of your manuscript
  • A feedback report detailing my thoughts about your manuscript. All aspects will be considered; opening scene, characters & dialogue, plot & conflict, flow & pacing, setting & world building, writing style and overall impression.
  • In-line comments added to your manuscript.
  • A CONFIDENTIAL service. Your manuscript will only be discussed with you and will never be discussed or shared with anyone else.

What’s NOT included in Beta Read 2.0:

  • Copy editing, proofreading, grammar and sentence structure. That is not what a professional beta reader does. However, I will let you know if I feel help is needed in that area.
  • In depth developmental editing; you are not paying me to rewrite your story for you. However, I am happy to clarify any of my comments for you on request.
  • Fact checking for dates, historical or scientific accuracy, etc.
  • Publicly post my feedback. Beta reading is different from a book review; this is just between you and me.

Time Frame

It is generally agreed that it takes an average reader approximately 1 hour to read 10,000 words, therefore, the amount of time it will take me to beta read your manuscript and provide you with a comprehensive written report will depend on its length. However, I will aim to send you my report within 2 weeks of receiving your manuscript.

Price and Payment

I use “per word” pricing, since this is the easiest to calculate, and it leaves little room for misunderstanding. Costs for beta reading vary, depending on which service you choose and the length of your manuscript but ranges between £0.001 ($0.0013*) and £0.0025 ($0.003*) per word.  *based on current currency exchange rate

All payments must be made via Paypal. I will send you a Paypal invoice once I have sent you my Beta Reading Report. I expect payment within 14 days of receipt to avoid any undue embarrassment.

Use the contact form to request a personalised quote.

Confidentiality

I will work to strict ethical standards. Your work belongs to you; I will never share your work with anyone and all emails containing your manuscript and the manuscript itself will be deleted four weeks after the end of the project.

Under no circumstances will I redistribute, copy, share or make public any material you present to me.

To access service:

Please complete the Contact form. I will be in touch within 48 hours to confirm details: availability, duration required, service required and price. When the details have been mutually confirmed and agreed upon. You can send me a copy of your manuscript in the agreed format.

Any more questions?

If you have any questions, you can also contact me via the contact form and write your query in the messages section.

I look forward to working with you!

Flora

 

Testimonials

Flora is a beta reader par excellence. Not only for her knowledge of grammatical tripwires and the cunning spelling errors that can slip under the radar of even Grammarly, but because of her depth of understanding of plot devices, character drawing and a story’s emotional terrain.

When analysing my manuscript, Flora spotted every nuance and note I was trying to hit. Her feedback was of immense help even in the way in which I wrote the book description, and inspired me to write a better sequel than I would otherwise have done.

Delivering her input with kindness and professionalism, Flora is the soul of tact, and steers rather than roadblocks, channels rather than dams. Flora is a rare gem in the bedrock of the publishing planet. Do not on any account allow your feral manuscript loose on the public before it has been tamed by Flora.

Holly Bell

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