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. You know you’re not finished but you don’t know what gaps lurk; what things may throw a reader out of the story. It’s too early for an expensive developmental edit. You need feedback from a Beta Reader.

But finding beta readers and critique partners is challenging for new genre writers, particularly those of fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. Beta readers need to understand the genres, world building, magic systems, and how science in fiction works. For very long works, common in the genre, finding beta readers can be difficult.

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 writer in the genre. Ideal for manuscripts at any stage needing fantasy or speculative genre feedback. I will read all speculative sub-genres, and for any length: novel, novella, short story, or poem.


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 has provided. It also reviews choices of style. A critique can be helpful after you’ve had a work edited and made significant changes but can’t afford a second full edit.

I will provide a free sample evaluation based on the first 2,500 words (about 10 pages).

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.
  • Beta Read with Summary Report (starting at $15 per 10,000 words): includes everything in a summary plus a deep look at worldbuilding, magic or speculative element consistency, pacing, voice, POV, plot and subplot resolution, and more.
  • A Fiction Critique (starting at $20 per 10,000 words): is an in-depth review similar to those given in writing workshops.

About the Pricing: Each work is unique and every author’s situation different. I work with each author to provide a custom quote based on word count. 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.