Services Offered by Behest Indie Novelist Services

Proofreading (Contemporary)

There is nothing more annoying for many readers than sitting down to read what sounds like a great book only to find that it's riddled with typos, spelling mistakes, misused homonyms, poor punctuation, and other similar errors. Many of these disgruntled readers then go on to leave disparaging reviews, discouraging both the author and further readers.

At Behest Indie Novelist Services, my goal is to help you to eradicate all those errors, giving your readers a smooth reading experience where they can concentrate on enjoying the story that you have created.

Proofreading (Contemporary) is charged at $2.00(USD) / £1.50(GBP) per 1000 words - Go to the Price Calculator

Proofreading (Historical)

One of the many wonderful things about being an author is that you can set your book in whatever era you choose, whether that be past, present, or future. Writing a novel that takes place in years gone by has its own particular challenge though: accidental anachronisms. Sadly, it's not unusual to come across a review which states that the characters sound too modern, and that vocabulary is being used which is not appropriate for the time period.

Further to the standard service, my proofreading of a historical novel includes the additional aspect of picking up on anachronistic words and phrases and suggesting alternatives that would be more in keeping with the times.

Proofreading (Historical) is charged at $3.00(USD) / £2.25(GBP) per 1000 words - Go to the Price Calculator

Beta Reading

Beta reading is like sending your novel for a test drive before unleashing it to a worldwide readership. A beta reader will help you by giving feedback on the storyline and development, the characters, and the pace of your book. They will also look at such questions as: Do the characters come across as realistic? Are there any holes in the plot or scenes that don't make sense? Is the ending of the book rushed? Are there questions that remain either unanswered or not answered satisfactorily?

My goal in beta reading is to help you to iron out as many of these issues as possible so that your novel and characters will be well rounded when they make their debut with the public.

For details of the sort of questions I will be seeking to answer in my beta report, please see the questionnaire below. If you as an author have any other questions you would like answered, then I will do my best to cover those as well.

Beta Reading is charged at $1.00(USD) / £0.75(GBP) per 1000 words - Go to the Price Calculator

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Topics Covered in Beta Reading

1. Comments on the Book as a Whole

a. What did I enjoy and why?
b. What made the story unique, surprising and/or interesting?
c. Was there anything I disliked and why?
d. Was the timeline and timescale clear and believable?
e. Did the facts in the story and the actual story itself seem accurate and believable?

2. Characterisation and Setting

a. Were the characters well developed and realistic?
b. Were their actions and reactions appropriate and consistent?
c. How did I feel about the main characters?
d. What did I think about the secondary characters?
e. Was the setting well portrayed and believable?
f. Was the setting appropriate to the story?

3. Writing and Structure

a. Do I have any comments on the writing style?
b. Are there any persistent grammar or vocabulary issues that need to be addressed?
c. Were the beginning and end of the book well written?
d. Was the pacing appropriate at all times?

4. Final Comments

a. Are there any loose threads, unanswered questions, or plot holes that need addressing?
b. Do I have any other suggestions for improvement?

Advice and Guidance on All Things British

It probably hasn't escaped your notice that there is a fascination out there with all things British, both past and present. Downton Abbey and the Regency Romance genre have taken the world by storm, and characters with "cute British accents" are appearing more and more in contemporary fiction. It has been noticed by British readers, however, that books set in the UK written by non-Brits often contain errors concerning many aspects of British life.

If you're writing a book that takes place in the UK, I would love to help you ensure that your novel, whether historical or contemporary, is as accurate and authentic as possible. I'll give you advice on vocabulary, names, geography, food and drink, nature, culture, forms of address, and anything else that you may wish or need to know.

Please note, I am actually English and have lived in England all my life. My knowledge of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland therefore, is limited to aspects which are common to all parts of the British Isles.

Novel length up to 25,000 words $40(USD) / £30(GBP)
Novel length 25,001 - 60,000 words $85(USD) / £65(GBP)
Novel length 60,001 - 100,000 words $100(USD) / £75(GBP)
Please contact me for prices for novels over 100,000 words.

Pricing Policy

Both proofreading and beta reading services are charged per word. You can use the handy calculator below to obtain a price.

For new clients, I will provide free feedback on your first chapter or section (up to 3,000 words) to see if we are a good fit for each other.

Please be aware that all further work is subject to a minimum charge of $15(USD) / £10(GBP).

Genres and Constraints

I'm happy to accept fiction of any length (contemporary or historical) in the following genres:

I will also accept biographies/autobiographies

I will not accept:

I also reserve the right to refuse a book for other reasons.

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