Beta Reader

– A beta reader can check a manuscript for structural, character and plot consistency/clarity before publication.

Beta Reading Services

As a beta reader, I can check and give feedback on grammar, structure, character development, plot and world-building consistency. I will submit this feedback in a document with optional annotations on the manuscript. I’m happy to provide feedback if needed under a specific timeline/deadline.

– Preferred genres –

Contemporary fiction, historical fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction.

Note: If your work is outside of these genres but you think it might appeal to me as a reader — feel free to send a request.

– All audiences –

Childrens, middle-grade, young adult, crossover/new adult or adult fiction.

– Formal qualifications –

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Writing from Macquarie University. Relevant subjects:

  • Approaches to English Literature
  • Writing 1: Industry and Publication
  • Creative Writing 2 (Concept and Practice)
  • Creative Writing 3 (Narrative Fiction)
  • Genre Writing
  • Travel Writing: Journeys and Visitations (covered post-colonialism)
  • Theories of Writing for the Media 

I have experience in giving workshop feedback during creative writing classes and have beta-read work for other writers. I have also given feedback as a former volunteer submissions reader for Aurealis magazine and as a co-editor of Warhols Children magazine.

– Pricing –

Note: Prices are negotiable on a case by case basis.

I am currently offering beta reading services at $50 on a finished manuscript or $25 for select chapters.

– Privacy Terms and Conditions –

  • Non-disclosure agreement: I will not disclose any information regarding your manuscript to anyone.

– Contact 

If you have any questions, feel free to email at: paperwanderer(at)gmail(dot)com or if you’re ready to submit a request, please fill out this form

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sensitivity Reading Services

At this time, I no longer offer sensitivity reading services with the exception of contemporary stories on a case by case basis.

A Sensitivity reading note on SFF works containing Philippine mythology: While some Philippine myths are widespread in Philippine popular culture, there are also specific myths, which belong to particular Indigenous Filipino tribes. I advise non-Filipino writers to self-examine if their perspective may take space away from the pre-existing Filipino storytellers of these stories – especially given the historical suppression of these myths by colonisers. I do not read manuscripts that draw heavily from Philippine mythology because I wish to respect the storytelling perspective of Filipinx/a/o storytellers.

Also, note that many Philippine myths are passed down through the oral storytelling tradition, so written/recorded myths found through research by someone outside of the culture, may not reflect these nuances.