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message 1: by Shalini (last edited Apr 30, 2023 02:51AM) (new)

Shalini (shalini_drm) | 99 comments The one thing I know in life is BOOKS.
I have been beta-reading and copy editing/proofreading fiction and non-fiction work for the past 7 years for both traditional and indie authors. I have ghostwritten a couple of books too.

In the last two years, I have been working as a developmental editor on 10 - 12 manuscripts. Happy to announce some of these books have become bestsellers. To some, I have been a writing coach, working with the author, chapter by chapter.

I am thorough in my work and keep to my schedule, barring any extenuating circumstances. My feedback and comments are extremely detailed. I work very hard on the beta reading and editing projects and get completely invested in the story to transform it into the best version it can be, detailing the strong and the weak points of the manuscript along with the reasons. I would work on the prose until I am happy with the way it reads and sounds. And that takes time. My authors can attest to the love and energy I put into their books.

For my projects, I work on Microsoft Office Word, using its track changes, so real-time comments and section-wise feedback can be seen directly on the manuscript.

I read 200+ books per year and have been reading for many years now. Check out the reviews on my blog and Goodreads.

All the terms and conditions along with testimonials are put up on my website.

Kindly check out the other book and author services on my site

Email address is (Sometimes the servers are down, so C.C. on both would be preferable, or use the form on the website.)

Hoping to hear from you.

message 2: by Jackson (new)

Jackson | 13 comments Shalini was the best beta reader I could have possibly asked for. She finished my novel in under a day and wrote an extremely helpful overview. Her criticisms, questions, and compliments helped me to better understand my own manuscript and make necessary changes. She is clearly proficient in all things literary and her reception of my book was very thoughtful and involved. I cannot praise Shalini enough.
Thank you

message 3: by A.V. (new)

A.V. Osten | 9 comments I am very happy with Shalini's beta reader work on my story. She was super fast, writing an overview and answering all my questions for less than 12 hours. Her insight helped me see my story from a reader's point of view, and work more on the spots that need more clarification. Outstanding attitude, as well, pleasure to work with her!

message 4: by Aleister (new)

Aleister  Hanek (aleisterhanekauthornarrator) | 30 comments Shalini reads and offers concise critiques very swiftly. She read and reviewed my short story within hours of my sharing it with her, and she was sweet about it to boot. I recommend her services highly.

message 5: by Bree (new)

Bree Verity (breeverity) | 30 comments I would be pleased to recommend Shalini for beta reading. She was quick, offered many suggestions that I will incorporate, and a pleasure to work with.

message 6: by Jai (new)

Jai Talbot | 5 comments Shalini read my short ghost story and provided accurate, detailed feedback very quickly! I value the thoughts Shalini provided for my writing and the recommendations made were great! I recommend Shalini if you need an experienced, trustworthy, knowledgeable beta reader!!

message 7: by Cameron (new)

Cameron Shank | 12 comments Shalini was a great beta reader for my first chapter. I received notes on it the same day I sent it. Shalini had nice things to say and gave me advice on how to improve my writing. I am grateful.

message 8: by Yakov (new)

Yakov Merkin | 2 comments Shalini was an excellent beta reader, providing very useful feedback in addition to getting through a 500 page book in less than a week. I definitely recommend her if you need a quality beta reader!

message 9: by E.J. (new)

E.J. (ejmccay) | 10 comments Shalini was great. She read a 47K book in one sitting. She offered valuable feedback and suggestions. I sent a list of questions, and she answered them in detail which I appreciated. She's a great beta reader.

message 10: by Akshay (new)

Akshay (shelvesofakshay) I send her a handful of first-draft short stories and Shalini read them at a remarkable pace and not only that, but sent me short yet insightful emails on what I could improve and such - feedback that I think will really help improve the stories.
Thanks Shalini.

message 11: by Chester (new)

Chester Betty | 2 comments Shalini is an excellent beta reader who helped me with a 55k word novel. She answered all my questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. She re-read parts that didn't make sense and provided concrete suggestions for improvement, while also commenting on passages that stood out to her. She also found several grammatical errors that had slid by in my manuscript. This has been a huge help to my project and I both appreciate and recommend Shalini's services. She is fast, kind and helpful. I will definitely contact her again for future projects.

message 12: by X. (new)

X. Culletto | 5 comments Shalini just finished beta reading my WIP and gave me some great insights into what needs improving. She was super fast and I really appreciate the specific feedback she had for me. Would definitely recommend her services to anyone!

message 13: by Sam (new)

Sam | 6 comments Shalini read through my novel very quickly and offered some great, specific, and detailed feedback on everything I asked for, and was at the same time very encouraging. I definitely plan to contact her for my next project, and highly recommend her for anyone looking for a good beta reader!

message 14: by Niki (new)

Niki (nikipatel) | 32 comments I was very pleased with Shalini's work. She did a thorough job beta-reading my short story, answering the questions I had sent with the story, rereading certain lines (which were potentially problematic), and suggesting alternatives. It was done in good time and in a professional manner. I would definitely go to her again for my future manuscripts.

message 15: by Randy (new)

Randy Smith | 68 comments Hello all, I want to let everyone know about Shalini. She's amazing. She read my novel, and I know it's a little long, but she responded far quicker than I could have hoped for. She offered many helpful thoughts and comments, informing me where she thought changes could be made to improve my work. I'm so happy to have had her help and I really hope I can talk her into reading the next book in my series. I highly recommend Shalini, and not just because I want her to like me and help with my next book. She's great, pleasant, and very helpful... you really need to ask for her to read for you. Thank you Shalini.

message 16: by A.V. (new)

A.V. Osten | 9 comments Shalini was the fastest of my beta readers and not only did she answer all my questions but she also wrote an overview of the story, which helped a lot with the development of the story and fixing some errors. Great job! Can't have dreamed of a better beta reader.

message 17: by Marie (new)

Marie (reader99fl) | 6 comments Wow. Shalini's beta read of my novella came through sooner than expected, covered a lot of ground, and showed me areas that needed to be changed or improved.

message 18: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 38 comments Shalini did a great job beta reading my light-hearted contemporary romantic novella. She provided a detailed chapter by chapter feedback on storyline, characters, writing, dialogues, setting, pacing and many other aspects. She highlighted both the strengths and the weaknesses, respectfully showed me how my story could be made better and suggested alternative phrases to improve my prose wherever required. I feel sure her comments will add a lot of value to my work. Thank you, Shalini :-)

message 19: by Mirella (new)

Mirella | 4 comments I have recently contacted Dr Shalini Gopal for her betareading services concerning my 80 000 words memoir. I must confess that I did not have great expectations, as I had previous unsatisfactory experiences with other betareaders. I was, however, far from imagining how our work together was to change my preconceived idea.

I found Dr Shalini to be an experienced reader and a versed betareader who grasped well the multiple layered themes and underlying communication. With her honest, detailed feedback, her in depth analysis, her competent and professional advice, she demonstrates a good mastery of the current demands in today’s publishing world.

More often than not we, authors, are suffering from that “blind spot syndrome” that doesn’t allow us to spot fatal weaknesses. Her skilled eye quickly identified the things that work well, but especially the things that aren’t, which, in my opinion as a writer, is crucial to the perfecting of any work. I don’t know how she does it, but, in an unexpected, short amount of time, she did all that, with competence, balance and appropriate distance, providing , at the same time, quality editing for grammar and punctuation, and I am even grateful for her vocabulary nuances that proved to be the solutions needed in that specific context.

Personally, I cannot express well enough my gratitude for her priceless contribution to my work, which, I am convinced, has much better chances to be seriously considered by agents. I am confidently looking forward to writing my next book, knowing that I will ask for her services again, if she will have me.

Thank you, Shalini, for adding so much value to my work!

message 20: by Christopher (new)

Christopher D. (chrismorgan) | 44 comments A big shout out to Shalini ho provided some excellent feedback on my YA/MG fantasy adventure manuscript. Her comments were well thought out and thorough, picking up on things I didn't think she would. She was very easy to work with as well, which is always a bonus. Can happily recommend her :-)

message 21: by Zaaali (new)

Zaaali Zaaali | 1 comments It was really fun to work with Shalini.I will give her all 5 stars for her editing skills.
Her feedback at the end was something I was really looking for.Something that will help me to grow.
She is professional and really fast.
She meets the deadlines.

message 22: by Elkie (new)

Elkie Sinclair | 3 comments Shalini was so fantastic!! I cannot rate her highly enough! She was so helpful with great insight and reputable knowledge on my subject matter! I am so grateful that I found her!! She was very easy to work with too! Elke :) xo

message 23: by Elkie (new)

Elkie Sinclair | 3 comments So so grateful for Shalini's advice! She was fantastic! The feedback was so valuable - she completely understood my characters, my story and gave me valuable insight as to how I can improve it! I can't wait to use her again :) xoxo

message 24: by M.J. (new)

M.J. Prince (mjprince) | 7 comments Shalini is the best reader I have worked with so far.

Her feedback is very detailed and she answered all of my beta reader questions thoroughly. She also provided a chapter by chapter overview which helped me to see the chapter structure from a reader's POV.

Shalini's insights and suggestions were on point and resulted in me adding two extra scenes to my book which I now think are absolutely key.

She reads fast (much faster than her quoted turn around time) although she takes the time to get into the story, really getting a feel for the characters. I feel like she is more than just a beta reader. She is a key contributor to my book and I definitely want to work with her again for the remainder of this trilogy and future books.

message 25: by Lianne (new)

Lianne Simon (liannesimon) | 4 comments I really appreciated Shalini's prompt response and detailed information. Her suggestions were helpful. It's clear that she put a great deal of thought into her answers to my questions. I will definitely use her services again.

message 26: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Zman | 7 comments Shalini has helped me twice now on both of my books. She is fast and very in-depth as to her comments. Shalini's professionalism shined through in all correspondences I have had with her. Her words are truthful and encouraging. I greatly appreciate her guidance. Thank you, Shalini.

message 27: by Phoebe (new)

Phoebe Garnsworthy | 1 comments Love Love love Shalini! She has been such a great help with so many projects I have asked her advice on. She is so knowledgeable with so much great insight and is a true blessing to work with! Thank you Shalini! Can't wait to use you again!!. xoxo

message 28: by Danielle (new)

Danielle | 125 comments Shalini did a great job beta-reading my manuscript, offering a chapter by chapter critique as well as a thorough report. She works fast and responds to any questions without delay. Would definitely recommend.

message 29: by Oyin (new)

Oyin (oyinda) | 5 comments Shalini is a goddess.
The project is not even halfway done and the excitement is real.
I look forward to every comment, suggestion and correction.
And believe me, she's good. She hits the expected spots.
Let's not even talk about her the turn-around time. She's fast!!!
Will update when i'm done.

message 30: by Casey (new)

Casey Lehman | 3 comments Shalinia is incredibly well-versed in psychological features. She was even able to pinpoint many things I didn't notice about my own characters. And damn, she reads at the speed of light. Her insight is quite keen as well.
I think I'll go for Shalini as a beta from now on, and have already hired her for my Alternate Timeline series.

message 31: by HeathBell (new)

HeathBell | 10 comments I was lucky to have picked Shalini as my first beta reader, because she reassured me within hours of sending my baby for examination. She was superfast, very supportive, open to questions and provided a detailed chapter by chapter commentary. Could not have asked for more. I'm struggling to find more Shalinis!

message 32: by Diana (new)

Diana | 2 comments I worked with Shalini on my first book and she is amazing! Her questions were thought-provoking, she provided great suggestions to improve the reader experience, and I could tell that she respected my vision and the work and time I put into my book. I would absolutely recommend her services and will be looking to work with her again on any future project I have.

message 33: by Roberto (new)

Roberto Guerra (roberto27) | 24 comments I feel that if it wasn't for Shalini's feedback my story would be lost in some other dimension. Shalini read my book immediately and provided me with some of the most constructive and honest chapter by chapter criticism an author could ask for. She told me which parts were great, which parts needed some tweaking and how, and which parts needed to be scrapped completely.

I have implemented her feedback and I feel like my story was reborn and ready for the world.

Thank you, Shalini.

message 34: by Sheamus (new)

Sheamus Blacklaney Shalini's feedback on my vampire erotic novel was helpful and detailed. She provided chapter-by-chapter comments and also answered helpful questions about the manuscript as a whole.

She replies to emails quickly and will answer any specific questions you have about the manuscript as well as covering other details.

Very much worth the money.

message 35: by Khalia (new)

Khalia Moreau | 14 comments Shalini edited my novel this week. It's the first in a planned series and I definitely plan on going back to her for my second novel. Her comments were more than helpful and really helped me tighten the story.

She went above and beyond, also providing me with suggestions that would help make the plot more concise. Her prices are super affordable, so I def lucked out! I recommend her to anyone who needs a beta reader/proofreader.

message 36: by Chino (new)

Chino (chinochakanga) | 3 comments I would highly recommend Shalini's services. She delivered constructive and comprehensive feedback within a short amount of time. Her feedback was truly beyond my expectations. She is the best beta reader I could have asked for.

message 37: by Yvette (new)

Yvette Capriana | 10 comments I am so happy to recommend Shalini's services. She gave me chapter by chapter very helpful suggestions including character development. My manuscript is very long and I appreciate that she stuck with it. :)

message 38: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Georgeson (lesliegeorgeson) | 2 comments If you're looking for an honest, reliable beta reader who provides constructive feedback and is fast and affordable, then check out Shalini. She's awesome. I will definitely use her services on future books. Thanks Shalini!

message 39: by LKC (new)

LKC | 1 comments I was so surprised by Shalini Gopal, she is an amazing and passionate beta reader. I asked for the service of “chapter by chapter analysis with light editing”. She had stated it will take about 4-6weeks for my word count but delivered in less time than that. She was highly professional and accessible, ready to get to work! Professional (expensive) manuscript evaluations often leave you even more stuck with vague comments on a few pages. And writing groups, for me personally was not a right fit especially if you are extremely time poor (respectfully you have to commit to evaluating other manuscripts to get yours reviewed!). I believe in my story, I simply cannot afford editorial services at this stage but want to get a move on with my novel. Then I came across Shalini, her list of services gave me hope. I was also impressed as she presented more than I expected and can finally proceed forward with more confidence! Thank you kindly.

message 40: by T.L. (new)

T.L. Martin | 87 comments Shalini was recommended to me by a fellow author, and I'm so glad I was able to work with her.

She's one of the most affordable betas I've found and yet also one of the most thorough and insightful. She'll leave comments throughout the ms on a chapter-by-chapter basis, and she'll also send a detailed report going over her opinions on characterization & motivation, plot & conflict, pacing, setting & world building, dialogue, craft, and more.

She wasn't shy about working on my dark romance, and her insight was exactly what I was looking for. I will be using her services again in the future. Highly recommend.

message 41: by Monika (last edited Feb 22, 2018 11:09AM) (new)

Monika Cosman (mokkkkaaaa) | 2 comments My experience with Shalini has been so wonderful. She's been awesome to converse with.

More importantly, her feedback was top-notch: detailed, well-though out, specific in pinpointing areas for improvement, and best of all, so encouraging!

I highly recommend Shalini for anyone looking for a quality beta reader.

message 42: by Chris (new)

Chris Liberty | 40 comments Shalini is a wonderful beta reader. She finished the book in about a day or two, which was much faster than I would've thought. She stayed in touch and brought quite a few things to my attention that I hadn't noticed before.

Her feedback was awesome, and she offered great words of encouragement.

She gave a chapter-by-chapter analysis, as well as a character-by-character analysis.

I would absolutely advise anyone who's seeking a beta reader to use Shalini. She is awesome!

message 43: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 38 comments Shalini recently beta read my light-hearted contemporary romantic novella. It was my second time working with her, and I was as impressed by her services as before.

She provided a detailed chapter by chapter analysis as well as an overall report on storyline, characters, writing, dialogues, setting, pacing and many other aspects. She highlighted both the strengths and the weaknesses, and pointed out things that were unresolved or unclear. She also suggested alternative phrases to improve my prose wherever required.

Her feedback reached me a lot sooner than the agreed upon deadline, and she was both prompt and patient in answering my follow-up questions.

I feel sure her comments will add a lot of value to my work. Thank you, Shalini :-)

message 44: by Jay (new)

Jay | 1 comments Shalini not only read my work fast, but her review was wonderful and she was honest.

I have already communicated with her about reading my 2nd draft, and am certain she will read each draft until the final. Thank you Shalini!!!

message 45: by Swati (new)

Swati Hegde (missswatihegde) | 133 comments Shalini was so quick! I absolutely loved her comments, especially as she wrote them in real time as she read the story. She read the book twice, which I appreciated very much. Her points were valid and will definitely help me write my third draft.

Thank you so much, Shalini! I'm definitely keeping you in mind for the sequel.

message 46: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin Cohen (caitlin_cohen) | 3 comments I sent Shalini the third draft of my book and she gave me some incredibly helpful feedback! She was quicker than promised and really helped me diagnose exactly where the problem areas were and focus on those aspects for the next draft. Thank you Shalini!

message 47: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Georgeson (lesliegeorgeson) | 2 comments This is my second beta read provided by Shalini, and I can't say enough good things about her. She is very honest and straightforward, pointing out issues with characterization or plot that I didn't even notice. I highly recommend Shalini and I will use her on all future projects. Thanks again, Shalini!

message 48: by T.L. (new)

T.L. Martin | 87 comments I've hired Shalini twice now thanks to a friend's referral, and she's blown me away with her outstanding service both times. Her reports are not only more thorough than the other betas I've worked with, but they're also brilliantly precise. She will spot your manuscript's strengths while narrowing down each weakness and providing suggestions on how to address them. I'm looking forward to hiring again for future works!

message 49: by Alysa (new)

Alysa | 1 comments Shalini did an amazing job beta reading my novel. She was very quick and had it finished in a quarter of the time her website promised. She had a lot of useful ideas that I was able to incorporate into my novel to make it flow better. She supplied me with a detailed document on how she understood the characters, plot, and setting. She was very helpful on showing me which areas needed worked on. I also loved that she also told me when an area worked really well. During and after reviewing my manuscript, she was there to help me. She was very responsive and quick with her replies. I could usually expect to hear from her within minutes if I had a question. She was also willing to go over any additions I added. I will definitely have her look at my next book.

message 50: by Casey (new)

Casey Lehman | 3 comments I've decided to go with Shalini for Beta-Reading from now on. She points out where I need to touch things up and seems to be very apt at pointing out how characters think.

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