The personal touch!

You've finally finished writing your manuscript. It's been a long hard journey, but you're proud of what you've done and are looking forward to the next step in the journey. But what is the next step?

Well, the next step is that you need someone to read it. The first person to read it is the alpha reader. Alpha readers take note of the overall structure of the text. They're the ones who will point out that your protagonist is one-dimensional and that your plot has a massive hole in it. 

After you've fixed the plot hole and done some work on your protagonist you might like to send it to a beta reader. Beta readers are test readers. Most beta readers are also authors and/editors. However, as beta readers they won't give you tips on how to fix your plot holes, your grammar, or your punctuation.


What they will give you is general feedback on plot, placing, characterisation, setting, tone, structure, writing style, audience appeal, etc. Beta readers help to give you perspective, and having your work read by two or three beta readers before engaging the services of a professional editor could save you a whole lot of time and money.

We know you're thinking that you could probably save yourself some dollars by getting Aunt Betty to read your manuscript. After all, she's always got a book in her hand and is wiz with spelling. But unless Aunt Betty is a professional editor, her feedback probably isn't going to help you much.

People who love and support on your writing journey are a blessing. However, they're also likely to tell you that you writing is wonderful even if it's really not. What you want from alpha readers, beta readers, in-depth reviewers, and professional editors is honesty and suggestions on the way to move forward.


Beta Reader

S.C. Farrow

S.C. Farrow is the author of Open Wounds, a collection of gritty Australian short stories, and This is Not a Lie, a mainstream novel set in Melbourne in the 1980s. She also the co-writer and co-producer of the psychological horror movie Killervision.

Currently offering

  • General consultation.

  • Beta reading in the form of a questionnaire style report.

If you have specific concerns such as character development or plot continuity I can provide focused feedback on that.

Specialises in

All genres.

S.C. Farrow

Contact me:

Via the CONTACT form.

Joy Norstrom

Manuscript Review Support

Joy Norstrom

Joy Norstrom is a contemporary fiction author and social worker based in Canada. She has published both short stories and novels (Flying the Nest, 2020, and Out of Play, 2016) and is passionate about creating memorable characters with tricky problems.

Currently offering

  • In-depth review and feedback.

  • Beta reading in the form of a questionnaire style report.

If you have specific concerns such as character development or plot continuity I can provide focused feedback on that.

Specialises in


Joy Norstrom

Contact me:


Need a beta reader?


That's great! We're happy to help. However, before sending us your entire manuscript, we will ask you to send 5 - 10 page sample first. If it's something we feel we can add value to, we'll request the full manuscript and get to work.

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We charge a minimum of $120.00 per manuscript or $2.40 per 1000 words, whichever is the greater.


For example:

50,000 words = $120.00

95,000 words = $228.00. 

Charges are in Australian dollars.

When you are ready to purchase your beta reading, we will send you an invoice. 

Please note: we cannot commence work until your payment has been made.

Turnaround: average two weeks from receipt of manuscript.

Need a general consultation?


A writing coach is someone who can help you clarify your goals and work out ways to achieve them. You might be wondering:


  • How can I find time to write?

  • What is wrong with my short story/novel?

  • How can I fix what's wrong with it?

  • How can I make my family and friends understand my desire to write?

  • How can I get published?

  • Should I self-publish?

  • I’ve been writing for ages with no success. Should I just give up?

  • Do I really need an agent?

  • I want to achieve my writing goals but don’t know where to start.

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We charge $40.00 for a half hour consultation or $80.00 for one hour.


Charges are in Australian dollars.

Consultations can be by phone, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Skype.


Please contact us to arrange a date and time. We will then send you and invoice.

Please note: we cannot speak to you until your payment has been made. Once your payment has been received, we will confirm the meeting details.


Maybe you need more than coaching. Maybe you've learned the technical skills but your work still isn't coming together. May you need someone to keep you on track or accountable. Maybe you've got all the pieces of the puzzle but just don't know how to put them all together.


Coaching is a short-term solution to short term problems. It's designed to help you get over a specific hurdle or to help you develop a specific skill.

Mentoring, on the other hand, is a learning relationship that focuses on long term career development. It's primary purpose is to build skills, knowledge and understanding, and drive primary growth. Mentors might use coaching techniques when sharing their knowledge, but the mentor role is wider and deeper than that of a coach.

At Your Writing Mentor, we can offer you a 12 month writing mentorship where we take your book from concept to first draft. We will work with you to:

  • Fully develop your concept before you start writing

  • Coach you on advanced writing techniques

  • Give you feedback on each step in the process

  • Chat with you once a month via video call to discuss story and/or technical issues 

  • Stay in contact via regular emails

If this sounds like what you need, contact us to discuss your objectives, expectations, and the price for this service.