beta + sensitivity reader services

I offer both beta reading services & sensitivity reading services.

BETA READING

I’ve been working as a freelance editor for almost two years now, but only in Portuguese/with Brazilian authors. My experience comes from reading hundreds of books and writing thousands of words of my own, plus years of studying about how writing and stories work. Since I’ve never worked in a publishing house & English isn’t my first language, I don’t feel comfortable offering my services as a freelance editor. Instead, I offer to beta read stories for a cheaper price or for a beta read of one of my projects (this is NOT available now).

I’ll be accepting only fantasy and science fiction (YA or adult). When I read your story I’ll be paying attention to the plot, the characters, the writing, the structure and the worldbuilding. You can choose between two beta reading options: the simple one, where I’ll send you an editorial letter with my thoughts, or the complete one, where I’ll be leaving comments on the manuscript and sending you an editorial letter.

Rates:

  • First five pages critique – $3 for the simple beta reading, $6 for the complete one.
  • First chapter critique (up to 5k words) – $5for the simple beta reading, $10 for the complete one.
  • Manuscript critique (up to 60k words) – $50 for the simple beta reading, $100 for the complete one.
  • Manuscript critique (up to 100k words) – $100 for the simple beta reading, $200 for the complete one.

I can beta read the first three pages of your manuscript for free so you can see how I work. I do not beta read short stories – they aren’t my forte and I don’t consider myself capable of critiquing them.

Payment is made through Paypal. All services under $100 must be paid before I start working on your story. For services $100 and over, I’ll be accepting payment of 50% before I start and of the other 50% when I’m finished. I’ll send you the editorial letter/commented manuscript once the second payment is done.

Marginalized authors get 10% of discount on services above $10. You can use the contact form at the bottom of the page, the contact page or e-mail me at ren_oliveira at outlook dot com.

SENSITIVITY READING

I’m offering my services as a sensitivity reader for writers writing outside their experience.

Here are the areas where I can offer my services:

  • I’m asexual (grayasexual, to be specific)
  • I’m aromantic (possibly demiromantic, though I’ve never felt romantic attraction)
  • I’m queer (when I do feel sexual attraction, the gender of the person doesn’t matter).
  • I’m a closeted agender transmasculine person.
  • I’m a white Brazilian who lives in Salvador, Bahia.
  • I have AVPD (not diagnosed by a therapist).

My work as a sensitivity reader is not an endorsement. If I read your manuscript, I won’t share any information about it (be it about the story or my opinions on it) with anyone before the publication. However, I’m a reader and a reviewer, and I might review your book after it has been released. If I do so, it’ll be based on the finished, published version, not the one you sent me.

Rates:

  • $30 for short stories of 1.000-15.000 words.
  • $50 for short stories of 16.001-30.000 words.
  • $120 for novellas of 30.001-50.000 words.
  • $200 for a manuscript read of 60.000-100.000 words.
  • $300 for a manuscript read of 100.001 words or more.

Payment is made through Paypal only. All services under $120 must be paid before I start working on your story. For services $100 and over, I’ll be accepting payment of 50% before I start and of the other 50% when I’m finished. I’ll send you my thoughts when the second payment is done.

Marginalized authors get 10% of discount on services above $30. You can use the contact form at the bottom of the page, the contact page or e-mail me at ren_oliveira at outlook dot com.

You can also contact me on Twitter at @_renoliveira or on Tumblr at angryelves.tumblr.com