Beta Reading: A beta reader is a someone that reads a written work with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve the story, its characters, and its setting. Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass aspects such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterization, and believability. Beta reading is typically done before the story has been edited.
You may ask yourself why you might consider paying for beta reading when so many of your fans are willing to read your novel for free. The answer is twofold: Your fans love you and don’t always point out areas of opportunity because they don’t want to come across as unappreciative. Also, very few are professional editors with an eye for finding common mistakes.
The cost for beta reading depends on the word count and is listed below.
< 50,000 = $50.00
50,001 – 75,000 = $70.00
75,001 – 100,000 = $90.00
100,001 – 125,000 = $110.00
150,001 – 175,000 = $130.00