Beta Reading FAQ

How much do you charge for beta reading?

Our Beta Reading Services range from US$ 75 – US$ 450 depending on your need. If your project is unique and doesn’t fit within the parameters of our services, please send us a note via the ORDER Form on the Beta Reading page, and we can create a custom quote for you.

What if my word count is over the limit?

Please send us a note via the ORDER Form and we can create a custom quote for you.

How many times will you read my book?

Each service we offer provides for a singular and complete read-through of your manuscript. If you would like us to read and provide notes a second time, you would need to purchase another order. Alternatively order the Beta Bundle, which allows for a phased approach to evaluating your manuscript.

Can I trust you with my work?

Absolutely! We understand that it can be scary to share your hard and intimate work of storytelling. This is why we offer to sign a non-disclosure agreement with all our clients. We will not share or discuss your work with anyone. You as the author maintain all creative ownership of your manuscript.

Will you provide edits to my manuscript?

No, the beta reading service does not include editing or proofreading. However, when something does pop out at us during reading, we will make note of it, particularly if it is repeated.

What if my book is already published or self-published?

Our beta reading services are designed for unpublished manuscripts to help writers and authors complete their projects.

Do you offer refunds?

We’re sorry but, no, we do not offer refunds due to the nature of our services.

How do I contact you?

You can reach out to us by completing the ORDER Form or via our Contact page.

Will you read my book if it is a sequel or part of a series?

Yes! We would require a complete synopsis of previous books leading up to where your current manuscript starts so that we have the needed background information prior to starting work on your current book. Reading a book mid-series poses some limitations. Background information and proper communication help with the project workflow.

Will you post a review of my book on sites like Amazon, Goodreads, etc?

No, our services are to provide objective feedback on your raw manuscript to help make improvements. Reviews are personal, a reflection and experience of reading an already published work and are distinctly different from beta reading. Therefore, all our feedback will be directed to you in a private manner and will not be posted anywhere else. Our goal is story improvement, not promotion.

That being said, please keep in mind that we do provide comprehensive book services for Indie Authors. It gives Real Life REBEL℠ great pleasure in helping writers and authors with every aspect of their publishing journey.

What is the turnaround time on your Beta Reading Services?

All scheduling is done on a first-come basis, linked to the delivery time of each individual beta reading service option offered here on Real Life REBEL℠.

  • First Chapters – Delivery Time: 1 week from receipt of order and manuscript pages.
  • Partial Manuscript – Delivery Time: 2-4 weeks from receipt of order and manuscript pages.
  • Full Manuscript – Delivery Time: 3-6 weeks from receipt of order and manuscript pages.

We recommend placing an order ahead of time to reserve a spot in our reading queue. If your project is time-sensitive please let us know and we will try to expedite our feedback.

Do I need to complete revisions or polishing before hiring a Beta Reader?

No! We will read whatever you currently have! First drafts, final drafts, it doesn’t matter. We focus on the strengths and weaknesses, inconsistencies, poor flow in the storyline, character flaws, lack of worldbuilding, and more, and not on grammar or edits.

Do you keep copies of my files?

We do not keep any copies of your work once our contract is complete, for your privacy. We keep our final notes for 14 days after delivery of the project, in case there are any issues with receipt. After that our systems are wiped clean of all your documents. We recommend saving a backup file for any of our final notes because anything past the 14 days will no longer be available on our system.

Do you offer custom services?

Yes! If you have a work of fiction that you’d like feedback on and our list of services doesn’t quite fit your need, please reach out for a quote via the ORDER Form on the Beta Reading page.