What is that, you ask?
⟡ ⟡ ⟡A Professional Beta Reader is Someone Who is Paid to Read an Unreleased Manuscript and Provides Effective, Actionable, and Encouraging Feedback to its Author.
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my literary-minded digital domain that reaches book lovers from the big city streets to the backwoods hood.
This site is devoted to teaching, empowering, and championing hundreds of book junkies JUST LIKE YOU who have an insatiable craving for fiction—and want to learn how to turn that passion into an actual professional skill set that can lead to a rewarding gig that never feels like work.
I'VE TALLIED UP A FEW OF ITS BEST PERKS JUST FOR YOU:
Read and work on thrilling books while traveling the world! As long as you have a laptop or tablet and the occasional internet connection (and power), you're golden!
I've taken projects to Morocco, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and all over the U.S. You can too!
I work with self-publishing authors. Why? 'Cause they are the most creative, hardworking machines on the planet looking for insightful and professional help with their work.
Infatuated with Romances? Then only work with Romance authors. Riveted by Thrillers? Make your mark in the Thriller niche.
You and your author will agree on a deadline. After that, when you work is up to you. Early bird? Knock out hours of a manuscript and still have time to enjoy beautiful days outdoors!
Need to run errands? Want to meet up at the gym? Decide to take some time off...it's all up to you.
working in your jammies! (or at least the option to...and we all love options)
Something I'm often asked is
I felt stuck in a 9-5 job working in healthcare—zero autonomy
did some self-reflection
wrangled with how in the hell I could do what I love (read and travel) and somehow get paid
thought about becoming a travel writer
but that wasn't quite right
put my butt back in college for Round 2 (English degree in Creative Writing with a focus in Fiction)
began helping fellow classmates/writers refine their work
learned I have a knack for this sort of thing
started proofreading on the side
took tons of courses in editing, proofreading, publishing, business, marketing, etc.
added beta reading, editing, and audioproofing to my list of services
learned everything I could about the publishing industry—especially after discovering self-publishing
found a slew of clientele (self-publishing authors) needing services from trusted professionals
quit my healthcare job and became a full-time writer and author service provider
saw a demand for beta readers (and specifically a demand for skilled beta readers from authors who were repeatedly getting burned by beta readers that didn't really know what the hell they're doing—wingin' it)
searched for some sort of reference, book, resource, anything on how to effectively beta read and found zilch (other than the occasional blog post)
decided to do my fellow authors a solid and create a resource for those wanting to learn how to beta read (even for those with no literary background); that way there will be more effective beta readers out in the world
THE LONG VERSION...