Beta Reading and Critique Services

When you’ve finished a few drafts of your novel or story and you feel you’ve poured all your creative energy into it. You want to know if it can be a successful novel or poem. You know you’re not finished, but you don’t know what to fix. Gaps lurk; things may throw a reader out of the story, but it’s too early for an expensive developmental edit. You need feedback in the form of a beta reading or a critique.

But finding beta readers and critique partners is challenging. For genre writers, beta readers need to understand the genres’ tropes, world building, magic systems, and how science within fiction works. For lengthy works, common in some genres, finding beta readers can be more difficult. If you’re a genre writer in a marginalized group, it’s just that much harder.

For poets, finding substantive and meaningful feedback often feels impossible. I will work with you to make sure your poems say what you intend them to say, or to elicit the feelings you approached the piece with.

Beta Reading Summary Report

My beta reading services are more than a typical beta read. I provide written feedback from a perspective of a reader and a genre writer. Ideal for manuscripts at any stage needing genre feedback. I read all sub-genres, and any length: novel, novella, short story.

Feedback is usually two or more pages and includes comments within the manuscript. My style is to ask a lot of questions designed to have the author interrogate their work and if they are getting what they intended across to the reader. It also ensures the author is making deliberate choices. I look at characterization, plot, pacing, POV, worldbuilding, magic systems, genre tropes, and more.


For those looking for in-depth feedback I offer a full critique like those found in a workshop. This comprises multiple close readings of the work delving into not just the mechanics of the piece, but how well it works; what meaning the author may have elicited (intentionally or not). It also reviews choices of voice, style, and form. A critique can sometimes be helpful after you’ve had a work edited and made significant changes but can’t afford a second full edit.

Beta reading feedback is available in three forms:

  • Poetry Review (starting at $15 – request a quote based on the number of poems): looks at all aspects of poems, plus reviews the fantastic or speculative elements if it’s genre.
  • Beta Read with Summary Report (starting at $15 per 10,000 words): includes characterization, plot, pacing, POV, subplot resolution, and more. For genre works I take a deep look at worldbuilding, magic, and speculative element consistency.
  • A Fiction Critique (starting at $20 per 10,000 words): is an in-depth review similar to those given in writing workshops. In addition to everything in a Beta Read, you’ll receive feedback on form, meaning, layers, and voice.

About the Pricing: Each work is unique and every author’s circumstances are different. I work with each author to provide a custom word count based quote. Free samples are available if you wish to see how I work. Contact for your quote.

If you have questions, please email

Terms and Disclaimers
Copyright: The author retains all copyrights. Epos makes no claim to copyright of author-submitted works.

Confidentiality: All works submitted to the service by authors is under strict confidence. No part of the manuscript, Summary Reports, or correspondence will be shared with anyone other than the author or their representative.

Disclaimer: First Reads beta reading service is not an editorial service and should not be considered replacement for professional editing. Epos cannot guarantee any work submitted to this service will receive offers of publication. The views and opinions expressed in the Service are those of the individual reviewer and not Epos or Epos provides no warranty for the use of the Services and the use of the Services is provided As-Is.