I am having two of my books edited.
I have had The Lebrus Stone beta read, and although the lady offered some help, it was very vague and confusing. So from now on, I am going to be very selective about who beta reads. I would rather have valid, constructive, thorough advice and suggestions. Being desperate for just anyone to read your books only gets you a rushed job.
There is a girl who charges $20 to beta read per book, and says she is thorough. I may consider it, along with the editing. I also joined some groups on Facebook. I managed to get introduced to an American guy who has been the most helpful so far, eager and very complimenting haha, which is always nice. I am very thankful for his advice.
Here is what he said:
I appreciate all the help you’ve given me on my stories and I hope that my input is equally helpful:
I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read. Your story telling ability is as lovely as you. Everything is brilliantly vivid. There were some sentences that I thought could be rephrased and a couple that I was confused by. I made a few grammatical suggestions as well (although I’m by no means an authority in grammar).
The prose is excellent, and the narrative is very much that of an eighteen year-old girl. The voice is very consistent throughout. I committed a second read-through to see how it flowed, and I thought that it flowed very well so far. Although some may think that the detailed descriptions slow down the read, I personally loved them. I really tried to tread lightly around sentence suggestions, as I didn’t want to alter the voice. So I tried my best to offer suggestions that I thought would fit well.
I love some of the conversations. They’re very natural, and don’t seem forced. They’re believable conversations and the dialogue reflects the characters who’re speaking. You’ve given each character a very unique personality. From Zella’s squeaky, prissy attitude, to Crystal’s apprehensive nature, to the guy's mysterious, standoffish personality.
Excited to see what happens next…and…er…before. J
Hope this helps!
Yes!!!! Now this is what I expect from a beta reader :)