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Jamie (Books and Ladders) (booksandladders) | 11 comments Hello! My name is Jamie and I run a book blog called Books and Ladders. I've been beta reading since I was in high school and started with fanfiction and have since moved into beta reading novels for authors, including one that became a USA Today Bestseller!

Please see below for a full explanation of my services and feel free to reach out to me at jkramer@booksandladders.ca. I look forward to working with you on your project!

My full services and rates are found on the Author Services Page of my website; however, the short and long of it is as follows:

What to expect
My beta reading will consist of inline comments alongside a completed questionnaire worksheet that I use for all my beta reading, which you can view here. I will state my suggestions as constructive criticism. You are free to email me about questions or concerns you have about the comments I have made inline and in the worksheet via my email after I have sent you your completed worksheet and the manuscript with the inline comments. I will respond within 12-18 hours, which could vary depending on my availability. I will inform you if there is to be a delay in a response when I send back my comments.

Should you update and revise your manuscript, I may be willing to reread either the entire work or sections that are highly changed. This will be done upon request and may not be able to be fulfilled depending on demand and schedule. There will be an additional cost to this service if it exceeds a certain percentage of the manuscript.

I will take an in-depth look at:
- Characterisation, including motivation, story arcs, distinction, etc.
- Dialogue
- Pacing
- Plot
- Setting
- Writing craft
- Overall impression
- Specific characters and events

If there are specific aspects of the novel you wish for me to look at/for, this can be fulfilled upon request. It must be stated in the email to me prior to my acceptance of your manuscript.

I will not beta read any manuscripts with the following:
- Anything with rape or dubious consent
- Anything where there is a "slave-master" relationship

Please make note of any other trigger warnings in your initial email to me.

What not to expect
I will not revise your manuscript. While I will give you feedback and pointers, I will not rewrite it for you. This service is strictly for the highlighted aspects above, and, therefore, I will not look for any editing and proofreading components.

Why Me?
I am an avid reader. I have read over 5000 books in my lifetime, 350 of them last year. I know the types of tropes that are expected, the way readers want to see them play out, and what pitfalls to avoid because I've seen them all. Additionally, I am educated: I have a Master of Arts degree and my Human Resources designation. I know what good writing looks like and can help you polish up the plot holes without changing the essence of the story.

Beta Reading Prices
My beta reading services are paid services. The time frames are approximate and depend on the length of the manuscript and my other demands; I will send you your completed manuscript upon completion. I will not charge you for Rush Service fees if I finish your manuscript within a shorter time period and you have not requested Rush Service.

I ask that a deposit of 50% of the total cost is made before I begin the service. Once I have finished the work, I will send you an invoice which must be paid in full before I send the manuscript and any notes back to you. All transactions will be through Paypal. If you are sending from a Paypal account in a different currency, please let me know so I can calculate the fee in that currency. I use Google’s exchange rate calculation at time of transaction.

Fees are subject to change. Please note that my prices are in USD.

Beta Reading Costs
Should you choose to work with me, the first 5,000 words of the first manuscript that I read and critique is free; thereafter, I charge $0.0015 per word. For example: Your manuscript is 85,000 words, the total cost of the beta read would be $120.00 ([85,000 – 5,000] * 0.0015 = $120). The time frame for completion is 4 weeks (28 days).

Beta Rereading
Once I have completed a full read through of your manuscript, I may on occasion agree to reread either the entire manuscript or a section of the manuscript depending on the extent of the revisions and the demand of my services.

These rereads would be at a staggered price rate:
- A full reread (90%+ of the manuscript) would be 80% of the original cost.
- A reread of between 75%-90% of the manuscript would be 75% of the original cost.
- A reread of between 50%-75% of the manuscript would be 65% of the original cost.
- A reread of 25%-50% of the manuscript would be 55% of the original cost.
- A reread of 15%-25% of the manuscript would be 40% of the original cost.
- A reread of a single chapter would be a flat rate of $10. (Note: I will only accept a single chapter reread once per manuscript.)

Please note: If I notice that you have added a significant number of words since the first read, I reserve the right to reassess the cost.

Rush Service
As noted, my typical turnaround time is four weeks (28 days) upon receiving the manuscript. Rush Service may be fulfilled upon request.

The pricing for this will be as follows:
- Three days* upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional $40
- One week (7 days) upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional $20
- Two weeks (14 days) upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional $10

*Please note for the Three Days option I must receive your manuscript by Friday at 10:00 am Eastern Time in order to fulfill this request.


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Joan Gross | 3 comments I am interested. joangross1001@gmail.com


Jamie (Books and Ladders) (booksandladders) | 11 comments Joan wrote: "I am interested. joangross1001@gmail.com"

Hi Joan, thanks so much! I have sent you an email. I look forward to potentially working with you!


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