Reviews for our Beta Readers

Full Manuscript – Adult Fantasy

Katie is the best beta reader I could ever ask for with my manuscript. She gives encouraging and objective critiques that take a wide view lens but also the small yet important points a writer looks over. Without her support, I would not have finished my manuscript! And without her critiques, my manuscript would have been left in the back of a drawer, never to see the light of day.

– Emma D.

Full Manuscript – YA Fantasy

 I have an insightful experience every time that Coco beta reads a manuscript for me. She gives directions that I couldn’t see on my own due to my close proximity to the manuscript. Her details notes and feedback always leave me feeling clear and focused. I recommend her as a beta reader to any writer wanted to make their manuscript the best it can possibly be.

– Kathryn H.

Full Manuscript – YA Fantasy

The feedback I received is wonderfully constructive: it highlights strengths and identifies opportunities for improvement in a positive and encouraging way. Your remarks about pacing and character development are especially helpful! Also, I love the emotional reactions you added to the events happening in the story: it provides a clear sense of what works for a reader and what still needs tinkering. In all, I’m really happy with the feedback and excited to start incorporating your comments into the manuscript! Thank you again for reading!

– Anna T.

Prologue, Query, & Synopsis – YA Fantasy

I’m in the final editing stages before querying! So I just had to sent Coco my synopsis. Not only did she make some fantastic recommendations but she blew me away by how well she remembered/knew my manuscript from her full manuscript service. She’s the best! 

-Madison G.

First Chapters – Dark Romance

Working with Beta Reading Services was such great experience. From detailed notes to feeling their care for my work was something I’ve been searching for, and now have found. Coco’s feedback surpassed my expectations, I can’t wait to continue working with her.

– K. Dosal

author of Plucked, A Bullet Between Us, and more

First Chapters – Romantic Fantasy

Never did I ever think that getting feedback on such a small portion of my manuscript could be so helpful! The comments I received were the perfect mix of positive feedback and constructive criticism. There were also comments ranging from the flow and continuity of the story, to comments on characterization, to simple editing and grammar suggestions. The feedback I received has inspired me to work even harder on my story with renewed excitement. I will definitely be using the full manuscript service in the future!

– Shelby L.

First Chapters – YA Fantasy

Coco beta read my first chapter and gave suggestions to make my characters leap from the page! She did so with enthusiasm and professionalism and left me with a clear idea of what to improve. I will be using their services on another project in the future. Thanks Coco!!!

-Angela R.

Full Manuscript – YA Fantasy

I am beyond grateful this was my first experience with a professional beta reader. Coco’s chapter thoughts and full book summary have given me just what I need to take my manuscript to the next level. I can’t wait to work with her again in the future!

-Madison G.

Full Manuscript – Thriller

Coco was fantastic to work with! Her evaluation and her suggestions for my thriller were so helpful and spot-on. I loved the chapter by chapter breakdown of her comments, as well as the thoroughness of the overall impressions. All in all, it was a wonderful experience!

– M. Evans

First Chapters – YA Fantasy

Having Coco & Katie beta read my first chapter was definitely a worthwhile investment! They caught several things my alpha-reader friends missed. Their input was invaluable and had some great insight into my chapter. The notes were also very thorough, even with the short turnaround! I would definitely recommend their services for any serious writer!

– Ginny L.

Full Manuscript – Women’s Contemporary Fiction

What can I say about CoCo, besides, WOW! Blown away by her insight, spot-on feedback, and professionalism. I have loved working with her on my manuscript to make it shine and look forward to continuing to work with her throughout this process and many others. I feel like I’ve made a valuable contact…and friend!

– Shawna H.

author of The Stories We Keep

Full Manuscript – YA Fantasy

This was a second read through and I was just as pleased as the first with Coco’s feedback! Honest, to the point and very helpful.

-Madison G.

Full Manuscript – Women’s Literature

I highly recommend Katie and Coco’s beta reading services. I was especially nervous since I could see the draft was flawed and the story deals with some tricky themes. Their comments were thorough and insightful. The notes gave me a ton to consider, but the feedback was not overwhelming. Their observations were respectful and it was clear they had given the manuscript a close read. They gave some great specific suggestions, but more importantly they posed pithy questions. They have a solid understanding of craft and a knack for highlighting opportunities to further bring the characters to life. In the past after feedback, I have been hit with a tsunami of self-doubt, but Katie and Coco’s notes made me excited to dive into a rewrite. I don’t know how I will resolve every issue, but their critique left me with the sense that I have what it takes to pull the story together and that it’s a worthwhile story to tell. They have a unique talent for responding with heart and intelligence. Five out of Five stars!

– S. Rice

Full Manuscript – Romantic Action Thriller

I don’t think I can say enough good things in one review! Katie did such an amazing job going over my story. She went above and beyond my expectations. Her comments were a perfect blend between praise/ compliments and criticism/ things to improve. I loved seeing her line by line reactions and thoughts as she read through the manuscript and the separate summary of notes that added more broad things to work on. She addressed all my initial questions and helped me see where the story could be improved the most and what was missing to make it stronger as a whole. I know some writers are afraid of feedback, especially any kind of negative feedback, but nothing felt negative at all. Don’t be afraid to get criticism! It was always clear what Katie thought was or wasn’t working for the story, and that she cared about making the story the best it can be! I know I paid for this service, but in a weird way it doesn’t feel like I did. It’s SO worth it and means so much to me. Getting this feedback made me excited all over again to work more on the story and made me fall in love with it even more. Thank you Katie and thank your Beta Reading Services! I highly, highly recommend them!

– Shelby L.

Full Manuscript – YA Fantasy

Coco took the time to dive into the story and appreciate all the elements, while making sure all characters stay on their story arcs! I’m so happy with the services and excited to dive back into edits to improve my story elements and polish my manuscript! I’ll definitely be returning for further help!

-Kylan M.

author of The Lonely Troll , The Forgetful Elephant, & more

Full Manuscript – YA Fantasy

Both Kelly and Coco reviewed my manuscript—I can’t wait to dive into revisions and apply their suggestions! Their congruency with feedback helped me narrow in on areas that need the most focus; while their different voices gave me ideas to ponder that could provide interesting twists to my novel. Kelly is a fantastic add to the team, you won’t be disappointed with her attention to detail and honest insight.

-Madison G.

Full Manuscript – International Thriller, Women’s Fiction

Coco is an amazing person and accepts manuscripts at any stage of progress. She is well-read in many genres and super affordable – it’s money well spent. She will only encourage you to move forward from whatever point of development you find yourself.

– Jana H. Dean

Query & Synopsis – YA Fantasy

I’m so thankful for the help! Coco analyzed the query, bringing forward the most exciting elements as well as making it better organized to catch an agent’s eyes. I’m blessed to have added this service where Coco was able to point out the connection and point out more story elements to add that help bring the characters and story to life!

– Kylan M.

author of The Lonely Troll , The Forgetful Elephant, & more

Full Manuscript + Query & Synopsis – YA Fantasy

I received F/M reports from both Coco and Kelly on a second read through. I appreciated their acknowledgment of how far the manuscript had come while providing truthful assessments of what could still be tweaked. I value their services so much!

-Madison G.

Custom Quote – Category Romance

Coco read twice for me: first pages as part of a giveaway, and a submission package (personal statement, synopsis, and first pages). Both times I received thorough feedback, which included strong points, and ideas for improvement. Also, I received it sooner than expected. Such a great experience. I’ll definitely hire Coco again!

-Amanda K.

Full Manuscript – Dark Fantasy

I was incredibly lucky to win a complimentary beta read for my manuscript and seeing as this was also the first time that someone read a complete draft I wrote, I was very nervous about it. Thankfully, Coco’s feedback was not only very insightful – I now feel like I have a solid basis to revise my manuscript and make it the best that it can be – it was also very nice and encouraging, ensuring I’m very much motivated to implement all the feedback in the next draft. This has been an incredible experience and I already know that I’d definitely like to work with them again in the future!

– Stephanie V.

Custom Quote – YA Fantasy Retelling

Coco and her team are a dream to work with! We set up a scheduled beta-read that included a 3 month subscription with weekly check-ins that push writers in the right direction ! These encouraging methods helped me so much where my manuscript I was able to go from 20,000 words to 50,000 words in a span of three months! This specific beta-read helps writers stick to deadlines but also expand their craft to the best it can possibly be! This service is truly a gift for all writers on their creative journeys!

– Kylan M.

author of The Lonely Troll, The Forgetful Elephant, & more

First Chapters – MG Fantasy

Coco is brilliant! She takes each chapter and dives right in to the story! She makes every writer shine their craft brighter than before with her comments and encouragement! This is truly the BEST beta-reading company every writer needs to work with!

-Kylan M.

author of The Lonely Troll, The Forgetful Elephant, & more

Full Manuscript – YA Fantasy

Coco is so involved in the process! She calls me out on my plot holes, straying from characters’ voices, to sporadic moon phases!

-Madison G.

Full Manuscript – Memoir

It’s a wonderful thing to have an intelligent pair of eyes (or several pair) carefully looking at something that has been so private for so long. Every writer needs Beta Readers, but trusting people with your unfinished, unvarnished work can be nerve wracking. It’s easy to lose track of the unfolding feel of your manuscript when you’ve been working on it for so long. I appreciated the way the readers wrote their reactions as they went along. It helped give a feel in real time how the reader would experience the story. I appreciated the positive comments s well as the questions asked. The notes were not directive so much as helping me understand where details that are obvious to me, are not yet coming across to the reader. The purpose of writing is to communicate, and sometimes when we are solo at our desk we are not certain if what we’re thinking and imagining is what is actually being transmitted. I think, for this reason, a service like this is lovely. It’s affordable as far as writing services go, and is an enormously helpful step on a new manuscript’s journey to a public launch. Thank you both! You did a great job!

– Sarah B.

Full Manuscript – Contemporary Romance

I’m SO glad I chose to work with Beta Reading Services. The feedback from Kelly and Coco was both supportive and so very helpful as I go into my next round of revisions and prepare to query. Their full manuscript service really covered so many bases: the comments in my manuscript were great for seeing which lines and scenes were landing and which aren’t there yet, the chapter reactions helped me see how the story moves for the reader, and the final report gave macro impressions on the reading experience as a whole. Candid opinions from a neutral third party are absolutely invaluable. I also have to note that the regular updates on progress and estimated completion date are such a professional and kind touch. It’s vulnerable to send your work into the ether, but the weekly check-in emails kept me from worrying. Hugh, huge thank you to you ladies, and huge, huge, recommendation to my fellow writers to come to BRS when you finish your next draft.

– Liz V.

Full Manuscript – Anthropomorphic Fantasy

During my recent full manuscript review by Coco from Beta Reading Services, I’m happy to report that feedback was very thorough, personalized, and apropos to my genre and themes! I’m immensely satisfied with the care Coco gave to each page of my working novel, and feel that it’s now on the right track because of it. I look forward to working with Beta Reading Services again down the road and highly recommend their services to any author!

-Sal C.

author of Manhattan: The Rising War

Query + Synopsis

This was my second time working with Beta Reading Services, and they didn’t disappoint. As such, I feel that Coco’s recent feedback and insight have allowed both my Query Letter and Synopsis to sing like never before, and I have a newfound level of confidence as I prepare to pitch my book to agents!

-Sal C.

author of Manhattan: The Rising War

Full Manuscript – Crossover Dystopian Fantasy

Coco was so incredibly thorough; honestly, I was blown away by how detailed her feedback was, both in my pages and in her Summary of Notes report. I’ve paid for critique services before and have never received feedback in this quantity or of this quality. As a writer, it’s vital for me to know what a reader is thinking as they work their way through my story, and after reviewing Coco’s feedback, I had no doubts about where the story dragged, points of confusion, what elements were working, etc. While I provided specific questions prior to her reading my book, I didn’t expect the lengths Coco went to address my concerns with specific examples from the text. Aside from her fastidiousness, what makes Coco exceptional at what she does is her passion for story. It’s clear that she reads a lot and reads widely, that she knows the elements of good storytelling, and that she can pinpoint when a story has lost its way. Furthermore, Coco’s approach to critique is generous and supportive. I walked away feeling inspired to get to work, and that in itself is priceless.

– Rachel J.

Query + Synopsis – Romantic Action Thriller

I think everyone knows by now how much I love these ladies! Having Katie read my manuscript then provide feedback on my query and synopsis was so so so valuable. She was able to pinpoint exactly what didn’t work and even a part that I had left out that I needed to add. Highly recommend doing both the manuscript service and the query/ synopsis service together!

– Shelby L.

Full Manuscript – YA Murder/Thriller

Coco read my first ever manuscript (so scary!). Her comments while she read were so encouraging and helpful. I love how she comments as a reader, showing her reactions to different scenarios and scenes. It helped me, as the writer, to see whether my writing was connecting for her and what thoughts she had on her reading journey. At the end of each chapter, she always provided constructive feedback mainly focusing on the characters and plot. Through her services, I realized that one of my characters needed to be developed more which then gave me direction towards the editing process in filing in a few plot holes and strengthen the story overall.

-Kaylee C.

First Chapters – Murder/Thriller

CoCo did it again. I’ve had several Beta Readers at this point and I thoroughly enjoy CoCo’s services. How she interacts with the story is very realistic to how a first time reader would interact. She leaves comments showing what she’s thinking at the moment and revealing genuine reactions/emotions towards the characters and major scenes. As a writer, this is exciting to see. At the end of each chapter she gives helpful feedback, both positive and constructive, which allows areas of growth.

-Kaylee C.

First Chapters – Fantasy

The best part of this beta read was the enthusiasm Coco brought! Having someone unfamiliar with me or my work reading these pages and seeing this story exactly as I intended it meant EVERYTHING! The in document comments were excellent to see in real time, and the overall notes and summary were invaluable. Everything is presented as purely subjective, is incredibly kind, and is thoughtful. I’m excited to implement the feedback received as I move forward with this project!

– Taylor S.

First Chapters – Memoir

What a great service! Coco gave me detailed and encouraging feedback that pointed out both weaknesses and strengths in my first chapter. I received an overall review and also feedback within my document that was thoughtful and insightful. I look forward to sending more chapters.

– Carmen D.

First Chapters – Historical Fantasy

Pursuing traditional publication has meant long wait times and uncertainty. The feedback I received from Beta Reading Services gave me renewed confidence in the aspects of my opening pages that work well while still giving me concrete ways to improve the reader experience. Thank you!!

-Marielle B.

First Chapters + Query & Synopsis – YA Contemporary Fantasy

The feedback was both validating and extremely helpful. I appreciated the recognition of what I did right, as well as some improvements that would make it even better. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with you all and hope to do so again with future projects!

-Jennie M.

First Chapters – Contemporary Fantasy

I was so happy to hear back from Coco on my first chapter. The information was insightful, detailed, and they were so kind!
I can not wait to dive back into my revisions!
Thank you, Coco!

– Tiffany H.

Full Manuscript – SciFi/Fantasy

I liked how straightforward the booking process was for a custom order, and how detailed the feedback I got – I’m still using it to guide revisions two months later. The overall experience was great! This was my first time using beta readers, and you’ve set a high bar!

– Tracey P.

Full Manuscript – Adult Contemporary

Even after signing with my agent, Coco is still the first person to read my manuscripts! I don’t see that changing any time soon because her feedback is invaluable to helping shape my stories.

-Madison G.

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