Everyone has an opinion.
When anyone gives you feedback on your writing its important to remember that not everyone is motivated by your best interests. There are people who will compliment what others criticize, but those criticisms shouldn’t be ignored either. We all want to believe we are perfect writers and the fact of the matter is that we are not.
I’m not an editor or a writer when I look at your work.
I’m what I’ve always been; a reader.
And its important to remember that at the end of the day that’s who your story is for, it’s for you, and for readers. To enrapture someone, even if its only for a few hours, with your whole world.
I’ve offered beta reading on Twitter for months and now I want to open it to anyone.
But first, let me tell you what I offer as a reader;
– Critical feedback: if something flat out doesn’t work I won’t ignore it
– Helpful alternatives: when there are issues I’ll suggest alternatives
– Plot development: if I feel like the story meanders or doesn’t hold enough weight I’ll let you know where you can look at sharpening it
– Character development: believable characters carry your plot & if they fall flat its important to catch it as it can dictate their actions for the entire book
– Cookies: when I see something unique, well written, or clever, I’ll tell you. I am a big believer in positive re-enforcement and its good to know from your beta not just where you are failing, but where you succeed too.
If you want to know what that means feel free to check out my blog post on betareading.
Inquiries can be submitted through my contact page, and availability will depend on volume of requests. Please send the following information;
– Name & Genre
– Comps; eg Desperate Housewives crossed with GOT
– Manuscript size
– What you want out of a betareader
What does this cost you? Nothing.
Just time, at this stage the offer is open to anyone, but if my beta reading schedule gets too full I may scale down the size of manuscripts in order to accept a greater number of beta requests.
Most importantly, you’ll have my honesty, given in constructive and helpful feedback.
I believe in empowering authors, but as I’ve learned over the years I’ve been a writer, everyone makes mistakes, and everyone can improve and grow as a writer.
I just want to help you get there.
“When I first discovered the writing community on Twitter, my knowledge of beta reading only extended to those within a small circle of family and friends and friends of friends who liked reading. I didn’t know how to go about finding someone who I felt would not have a vested interest in my feelings or be afraid to tell me where my stories were lacking. I approached E.J. with trepidation because she was a “stranger,” and I had seen enough of her interactions on Twitter to view her as someone who was both fair and firm, impartial but with strong opinions. My experience having her beta read for me proved that to be so. If you are looking for someone who will champion a story they believe in, who will be critical in a way that pushes you to do better, and who will let you know what she loves, look no further. A pleasure to work with. She walks the line between professional and personal and she walks it with perfect balance.” – Renee Hurteau
“EJ is everything you need in a beta reader. She’s insightful, honest and truly understands the craft of writing. She provides the perfect balance of encouragement and forthright criticism every writer needs if they’re going to improve. If something doesn’t work for her, she’ll tell you, but she’ll also tell you why. She’s clearly dedicated to her own craft and helping others around her and she does it with geniality and professionalism. EJ is a credit to the writing community and I can’t recommend her beta reading highly enough.” – Jonothan Pickering
“E.J. Was so thorough in reviewing my manuscript. She truly understands the craft of storytelling. She identified areas I wondered about, but had convinced myself they were fine. Not only confirming they needed work, but provided feedback to help steer me in the right direction. Wonderful to work with.” – Patti Downing
“Ejay was fantastic at helping me with feedback for my opening chapters. I needed to find someone who could look over my work with fresh (and credible eyes) and her feedback was honest, insightful and very useful. For someone who provides this service for free – to help writers like myself – shows what a brilliant person she is. I would highly recommend sending your work. You won’t regret it. It’s been one of the most valuable things I have ever done to help my craft.” – Aaron Warren
“EJ was very insightful with her edits. She had picked up on mistakes that I hadn’t realized, even after rounds of re-reading! My sentences flowed much more smoothly and certain character actions made more sense. She doesn’t change your work, she sees the potential in it and makes it bloom. Highly recommend!” – Jonathan
“Ejay is a wonderful Beta reader. She has kindness in droves but she is also brutally honest when something doesn’t work for her. This is what you need from a beta. Someone to help you become a better writer. Encouraging but full of helpful corrections for your manuscript. She has a high standard and is very professional. You don’t have to look any further. She’s your girl!” – D.A. Benjamins