I have a BA in Literature from Bard College and an MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University. I have ample experience with academic writing using MLA and APA formats. Additionally, I have contributed articles and reviews to a number of online and print publications. I am available for writing:
- Resumes and cover letters
- Website content
- Articles and reviews
You can read some samples of my work here. More are available upon request. Rates vary. Please contact me for a quote.
I’m not an editor or proofreader. I don’t pretend to be. But I am very much a reader, as well as a writer. I’m excited to contribute to the literary community in this way.
Why Use A Beta Reader?
Friends and family are great. It’s wonderful to get initial feedback from those who love you and will give you the confidence to move forward. But they’re biased. Their feedback is influenced by their feelings for you. A beta reader is an objective reader who is familiar with your genre and can give you objective feedback on your manuscript from a reader’s point of view.
Why Hire A Beta Reader?
You can find free beta readers online. And these are valuable. They are people who love to read, and can tell you what they like and don’t like about your manuscript. They might say “this character was really funny” or “the central romance didn’t work for me.” This is good information for a writer to have. But, it leaves out the important “why” factor. What in your plot is working? What isn’t? This is where a professional beta reader can be helpful.
I am an author currently in the process of publishing my debut novel (though I’ve several unpublished as well!). In my formal education, I have been taught how to understand and write about literary texts from a critical perspective.
What Do You Get From Me?
- I will go through your manuscript and make in-text comments, questions, and suggestions in the document.
- I will provide a 1-2 page overview of the strengths and weaknesses of your work.
- You will receive feedback on the following: world-building, setting, dialogue, characterization, pacing, clarity, and overall impression.
What does it cost?
Rates are flexible. However, a general rule of thumb is $.001 per word. Therefore a 60,000-word manuscript would be $60. If that is a concern or a problem, please contact me and we may be able to work something out.
Does your manuscript deal with sensitive topics? Are you writing about a culture that’s not your own? An illness or disability that you don’t have? Are you afraid of offending readers?
Sensitivity readers are people who have experience with some of these potential issues. Of course, everyone’s experience is limited, but we can point out some areas of potential bias or unintentionally negative language. Sensitivity reading isn’t a guarantee against offending anyone. But it can help to minimize the risk of making such a mistake.
My own sensitivity reading is limited to areas in which I have direct experience. Again, I make no guarantees. But this is a way to catch and correct glaring issues.
You can read more about sensitivity reading services on Writing in the Margins.
Areas of Expertise:
- Mental health issues; anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, caring for a mentally ill person.
- Chronic pain/illness/fatigue
- Invisible disabilities
- Judaism, Jewish characters, the American-Jewish experience
I can also do a general reading for potentially harmful content such as racism, sexism, classism, ableism, etc. However, my comments on these issues will be from my own perspective. I do not necessarily have firsthand experience of these.
What Do You Get From Me?
- I will read through your manuscript making comments and suggestions throughout regarding what might need work.
- I will include a 1-3 page letter expanding on my in-text comments and suggesting potential solutions to any problems with representation.
- I will be available for follow up questions and discussion.
What Does it Cost?
Since sensitivity reading can be emotionally taxing, rates tend to be slightly higher than those of a beta reader. Once again, my rates are flexible. Generally speaking, I charge $.002 per word, but that is subject to change depending on the individual circumstances.
What Genres Will I Read?
While I’m an open-minded reader, who is willing to tackle all sorts of genres, my familiarity, and interest tends to be in the following:
- Literary Fiction
- Magical Realism
- Young Adult
I am not interested in the following :
- Graphic/Gory Horror
How To Contact Me
Email me at FranWrites11@gmail.com and let me know about your project. I look forward to working with you!