Hello! I’m a beta reader who has critiqued about two to three friends’ full length novels and has critiqued endless short stories. I’m free for the summer and looking for something to do. I will be happy to help you with your novel!
When I read your story, I will critique it on the following aspects:
Plot Development (Climax & Resolution)
I will do a line edit (which means I’ll critique your story by commenting on “lines” through ‘track changes’) and also at the end of each chapter and at the end of the novel, I will provide an overall summary of my thoughts: what I liked, what I didn’t like, and how you can fix it. I will be brutally honest with my opinions and very thorough but that doesn’t mean you have to follow my every suggestion. It is up to you what you decide to do with my critique.
I accept manuscripts of the following genres: mystery/thriller, young adult, fantasy, paranormal, adventure, romance, and historical fiction. I do not accept erotica.
I’ll critique your novel in three rounds. Each round you’ll receive an email with a general summary of what you can improve upon as well as detailed comments on your actual manuscript.
The reason why critiquing a novel overall costs more than getting the first 10,000 words critiqued or even the first 100 pages, is because a lot more work is involved in critiquing an entire novel and perfecting it as a whole, requiring about 10-14 hours of critiquing per week
Here is a breakdown of what happens during those 5-7 weeks:
1st week: I will read your novel from start to finish just as a reader so I can get an idea of the plot and your writing.
2nd to 4th week (but can go up to 6th week): I will read each chapter 3 times on 3 separate consecutive days to critique it fully on plot, story flow, characters, grammar/diction, description, and dialogue. Each chapter will take me on average 2-5 days to fully critique, depending on the length. While I critique each chapter, I will be keeping a notebook of your overall plot (climax and resolution) and character development.
5th (to 7th) week: Using the notes taken during chapter by chapter critiques on plot and character development, I will go back and construct a final 1500-2500 word critique of your novel, its weak points, and how you may improve.
During this time, as I work on Google Docs, we will be communicating regularly about your novel and you will directly be able to see how I am helping you.
I’m free for the summer, I need something to do and I also need some money. But I would rather do something I like to earn some money as opposed to doing something I don’t like. Because of this, I charge a very, very small fee ($100 per 100,000 words). I realize not everyone will be willing to do this, so I will critique the first 5,000 words for free, as a sample. You can send it to my email towritewords[AT]gmail.com. Also, you can check out my official page: towritewords.tumblr.com/critique
Let me know if you’re interested! I always critique the first 5,000 words for free!