Editing and Writing Services

Beta / Alpha Reading

Conventional and self-published authors don’t live in solitude to create a book. While the writing process itself may require time away from the world, the process of turning a manuscript into a book requires a team. Part of that team are Alpha and Beta Readers.

Alpha Readers assist writers by offering a reader’s perspective for a manuscript after an initial draft. The manuscript often has not been edited. It’s not uncommon for an Alpha to read before the author edits the first draft.

Beta Readers assist writers by offering a reader’s perspective for a manuscript which has been edited and is shortly due for publication.

You can read more about what they are, how they benefit authors, and how to become one in my blog post Alpha Beta You’re Confused about Readers

Having a mix of readers, including those within your target audience, will ensure plot holes, character development issues, audience expectations and experience, and readability are all considered before your book gets published. Both conventional and self-published authors use alpha and beta readers.

As a professional editor, author, and writing coach, Catherine will bring a unique perspective to your book, be it fiction or non-fiction. She will consider key concepts and mechanics other readers might not think of.

Catherine may consider any or all of the following and more when reading your work:

  1. Reading level
  2. Mechanics (punctuation, spelling, dictionary (US, UK, CAD, AU), capitalization, syntax)
  3. Social/political implications
  4. Character depth and development
  5. Plot cohesion
  6. Pacing and flow
  7. Interest Level/Marketability
  8. Logical and Factual consistency
  9. Believability
  10. Format
  11. Points in the story that stop the reader
  12. Points in the story that compel the reader to continue reading
  13. Themes, motifs
  14. Messages in the story
  15. Your goals for the manuscript
  16. Similar books already published in your genre
  17. Placement and appeal of graphics, art

If you would like to have Catherine on your manuscript’s team as an editor or Alpha or Beta Reader, message her directly with the details of your manuscript, word count, deadline, genre, audience, type of editing you want (if you know) and any other information that you wish to share which will help to assess your manuscripts needs.

Catherine offers customized quotes, secured payment methods, quick turnarounds and editorial comments you can actually use.

Her suggestions are in the form of edits and comments within the manuscript and an additional report. Follow up services to clarify her recommendations are always free.