Editorial Evaluation / Beta Reading

| 12/11/2022


Editorial Evaluation:

In the publishing industry this service is also referred to as a manuscript critique, a beta read (if the service is provided by a reader and not an editor), book coaching, or a book consultation. I chose editorial evaluation to describe this because I will evaluate the material with both the eyes of an editor and a reader. You will receive feedback from both points of view.

This service identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the book. This is typically one of the first services an author will seek out when looking for an editor. There are many different reasons authors seek an editorial evaluation, sometimes they may be stuck in the middle of the book or need help developing the story arc. Other times something in the book feels off but the author can’t see it because they’re too close to the story. 

For this service I provide one (1) thorough read of your book. I will evaluate primarily for content including the plot, setting, character development, the writing style and flow, and any dialog concerns of the submitted material. I’ll also point out what works well and what engages the reader. For nonfiction, I’ll focus on the overall flow of the book and how well you delivered the material to the reader. Are there sections where the material is boring? Did the material skip around too much and needs reorganization for better flow? I’ll point out if there are loose ends or unanswered questions that weren’t addressed in the book.

I also include answers to up to 5 specific questions you might have about the book. Include these questions when ordering so I’m aware of what you’d like to know prior to reading the material.

The editorial evaluation can be ordered at any stage of the editing process, however, it is recommended prior to doing major revisions, copy edits or line edits.

Up to 5000 – $65.00
5,001 – 10,000 – $85.00
10,001 – 20,000 – $105.00
20,001 – 30,000 – $125.00
30,001 – 40,000 – $145.00
40,001 – 50,000 – $165.00
50,001 – 60,000 – $192.00
60,001 – 70,000 – $219.00
70,001 – 80,000 – $246.00
80,001 – 90,000 – $273.00
90,001 – 100,000 – $300.00

Turnaround Time: I work fast so I try to get the material back to you sooner than later.

up to 30,000 words – 1 week
30,001 -60,000 words – 2 weeks
60,001 to 100K words – 3 weeks

Please read the Editing Info & FAQs and Terms of Service pages prior to ordering. Thank you!

Please complete the Beta Reader Agreement in the description section below and submit your manuscript.

Click in the “choose your option” box and it will show a variety of word count ranges. Choose the one that fits your manuscript and the price will pop up below this box and you can add it to the cart. Thanks!

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Beta Reader Agreement
Please read the Terms of Service and Book Editing Info & FAQs prior to ordering Beta Reader Services. Making a purchase on this site and submitting this Beta Reader Agreement with your manuscript confirms your explicit acceptance of and agreement with the Terms of Service and is a binding agreement between you as the author/client and Melissa Alvarez as the Beta Reader.
I'm requesting two different email address to ensure that all correspondence, including your Beta Reader report, will reach you.
Please make sure this number can receive texts. I will text you when I have emailed your Beta Reader Report to you. File receipt confirmations should be made by responding to the email sent, not by texting.
Expedited service fees will apply and are billed separately by a PayPal invoice if you want the manuscript back faster than the typical turnaround times listed in each package. Please note: While I work fast, I cannot read and do a full edit on a 100,000 word book in 24 hours. Yes, someone asked. 🙂
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Max file size is 220 MB. File extensions allowed are Microsoft Word .doc and .docx.

Thank you for ordering Beta Reader services from Melissa Alvarez at BookCovers.us. Please read and understand this agreement in its entirety then upload the correct version of your manuscript prior to clicking submit. If you do not agree to all parts of this agreement, then I will be unable to work with you on your project.

This Agreement (“Agreement”) is entered into on the effective date entered above (“Effective Date”), by and between Melissa Alvarez at BookCovers.us (“Melissa Alvarez,” “BookCovers.us” “I”), and the client’s name entered below (“Client,” “you”) (each a “party,” collectively the “parties” or “us”) in regard to the project detailed in the Editorial Agreement form.

The effective date/time, project name, the scope of your project, and deadline are included in the upper portion of this Editorial Agreement form. The total fee due is calculated in the order section where you add it to the cart and check out. You should order and pay only after reading, understanding, agreeing to and submitting this Beta Reading Agreement. Turnaround times are listed on each product page within the website. Expedited services will incur additional fees.

Editorial Agreement Legalities: The following section of this Editorial Agreement contains specific legalities involving the service and is standard for all projects. Absolutely no amendments proposed by clients in regards to the content of this section will be considered or accepted.

1. Services. Melissa Alvarez provides book cover design services and editorial services including beta reading, proofreading, and editorial services (“Services”) at her website BookCovers.us (“Website”). Editorial services are provided on a per manuscript/document basis (each manuscript/document is considered a “Project”) and all relevant details of the Project are provided by the author of the Project in the above input sections of this form.
2. Fees. Fees for the Services are calculated on the individual product pages of the Website and are based on word count or are a set fee. Services can be purchased by the Client after submitting this Beta Reading Agreement. Each product page details all the individual services offered within each product package.
3. Refunds. If you request a refund before I have started working on your project, I will refund it in full, However, all of the services I provide are time-intensive and I cannot offer any full or partial refunds after I begin work on your project. I will not negotiate with you regarding this policy.
4. Right to Refuse Service. If I do not feel that your manuscript is a good fit for me, I reserve the right to decline the chance to work on your project and will refund all fees paid when you ordered. It is rare that this happens, but it has on occasion due to the subject matter.
5. Scope of Services. Melissa Alvarez does not provide any type of publishing services including submitting the project to or contacting publishing houses or literary agents on your behalf. Offers of payment to connect you with publishers or agents will not be accepted.
6. Editor. Melissa Alvarez is the sole beta reader, editor, and cover designer on all projects submitted through the website at BookCovers.us. No one else will ever see your material.
7. Confidentiality. Melissa Alvarez will not use or disclose your confidential information other than as required to perform the Services under this Agreement or as required by law. I will never sell, trade, or rent your contact information or any other aspect of your confidential information. You also agree not to use or disclose any of my confidential information without my written permission or as required by law. For the purposes of this Agreement, confidential information includes your submissions to Melissa Alvarez through BookCovers.us, your name and contact information, and all other information that either of us provides written notice to the other is confidential.
8. Communications. It is the responsibility of the author to respond promptly to emails and or calls from Melissa Alvarez. If the author disappears, or doesn’t respond in a timely manner, then this is considered a breach of this Beta Reading Agreement by the author. A timely manner is responding within 24 -48 hours of the call, text, or email. If you’re going to be out of town or unavailable for any reason, please let me know beforehand. If I have questions and you do not respond, I will stop work on your project until I hear back from you. This can cause delays and missed deadlines so quick communication is essential.
9. Word Count: Most services offered by Melissa Alvarez are priced by word count or a set fee. The total word count of the manuscript is calculated using Microsoft Word’s Word Count tool. Upon receipt of your material, your document’s word count will be checked against the word count you entered in the form when submitting. If your word count is more than the number entered on the form you will receive an invoice for the difference, which must be paid prior to Melissa Alvarez beginning work on the project. If your word count is less than what was entered you will receive a refund for the difference.
10. Manuscript Formatting. The manuscript you upload to the website should be formatted in the following manner: double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font, standard 1” margins. Internal images should be embedded within the manuscript as jpeg files.
11. Manuscript Submission. I start the beta reading process as soon as I receive your file. Therefore, it is imperative that the file you submit is the final version of the manuscript that you do not plan to make any additional changes too. It is the client/author’s responsibility to upload the correct version of the manuscript you want me to read or edit. Resubmissions of revised material will not be accepted. Be careful when selecting the file. Melissa Alvarez is not responsible for any delays or missed deadlines that result from the client uploading the wrong file when ordering editing services. Delays caused by authors uploading the wrong file do not constitute a breach of this Beta Reading Agreement.
12. Return of the Beta Reader Report. Your Beta Reader Report will be sent back to you using both email addresses you submitted on this form with both a delivery receipt and a read receipt request. I will also text the phone number you included on this form to let you know I’ve sent the document. Beta Reader Report you are required to respond via email (not texting) within 7 days to let me know that you received the document. Once this email from you is received by Melissa Alvarez, all files related to the project will be deleted from her computer. If you do not respond within 14 days, and I have received a delivery receipt confirming delivery, I will delete the files from my computer without receiving your response.
13. Follow-Up Questions. After Melissa Alvarez returns the Beta Reader Report to you, you may follow-up with any questions or comments, within reason, about the report via email at no additional cost.
14. Document Retention. I only retain edited documents for 14 days to ensure you have received them. After this time frame, all documents I have edited or read will be deleted from my computer and I will be unable to send the work to you again because I will no longer have it. For this reason I strongly recommend that you back up the edited files in a minimum of three different places so that you can access them if one of your systems crashes and loses data.
15. Payment. All fees are required to be paid in full when you order the service through the website.
16. Intellectual Property. You will retain full ownership of the materials (including manuscripts and images) that you submitted to Melissa Alvarez for Beta Reading. This Agreement does not provide you or Melissa Alvarez any licensing rights or other intellectual property rights of any kind, or to any work products or ideas that the other party has generated, except as otherwise specifically addressed herein.
17. Ownership Rights. The intellectual property generated by Melissa Alvarez including any editorial corrections, comments, notes, overviews, and any other work product as part of the service are deemed “works for hire” according to Title 17 of the United States Copyright Code. All text and information created by Melissa Alvarez under this Agreement are deemed your confidential information and your exclusive property.
18. No Guarantee. Melissa Alvarez cannot and does not represent or guarantee in any way that you will publish your book, attain a literary agent, make sales, achieve monetary or commercial gain, or achieve any other objectives as a result of using her Services.
19. No Warranty. Melissa Alvarez does not make and expressly disclaims any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, merchantability, suitability, completeness, or results to be derived from the work. All services are provided and delivered on an “as-is” basis.
20. Limitation of Liability. In no event shall either party be liable for any damages whatsoever, except with respect to either party's gross negligence or willful misconduct. The total liability of either party under this agreement for any claim shall not exceed the total amount of fees actually paid by you to Melissa Alvarez under this editorial agreement.
21. Indemnification. Each party agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the other party from any and all claims, actions, damages, and liabilities including reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses arising through the other party’s willful misconduct or gross negligence or out of any claim that any portion of the materials or deliverables infringes upon or violates any proprietary rights of any third party, including but not limited to trade secret rights, copyrights, patents; or from a breach or alleged breach of any of term of this editorial agreement.
22. Client Representations. By entering into this Agreement and submitting material for Services, you represent and warrant that you have the exclusive and absolute authority to enter into this Agreement and submit the material and your doing so does not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party. You further represent and warrant that you alone have written, created, and exclusively own the manuscript, and that your submissions to Melissa Alvarez, along with your subsequent use of them, do not violate the rights of any third party.
23. Third Party Claims. As the Client represents that they are not violating the right of any third parties, should any third party claims arise regarding the material, it will be the sole responsibility of the Client to handle such claims. Melissa Alvarez, acting as an editor and independent contractor, has no authority in regards to third party claims arising against the Client and will not be involved in any way regarding such claims.
24. Independent Contractor. Melissa Alvarez is an independent contractor that you have hired for beta reading services. Nothing in this Agreement is intended to create any other relationship between the parties, including but not limited to: employer-employee, co-authors, partners, agents, or joint venturers.
25. Assignment. Neither party may transfer any rights or obligations under this Agreement without the other party’s prior written consent. This Agreement shall be binding on any permitted successors and assigns.
26. Force Majeure. “Force majeure” means “unforeseen circumstance.” If a “force majeure” such as acts of terrorism, acts of God, war, severe illness, invasion, natural disaster, floods, fires, hurricanes, tornados, labor disputes, explosions, and acts of government or governmental agencies, or any other unforeseen circumstance occurs, neither party will be considered to have breached this Agreement, to the extent that the failure to comply was caused by the force majeure.
27. Numbers and Headings. The numbers, headings and bolded words in this Agreement are for convenience and reference only and must not be used to interpret or construe this Agreement.
28. Modification and Waiver. Each and every modification, waiver, addition or amendment related to or intended to be made a part of this Agreement must be in writing and signed by each party in order to be valid and enforceable. Any such purported modification, waiver, addition or amendment not so executed will be null and void.
29. Notices. Any notice required or permitted to be given under this Agreement must be in writing and signed by the respected party.
30. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable or illegal by a court of law, such provision shall be modified to render it enforceable, or shall be removed from this Agreement, and all other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
31. Non-Exclusivity. This Agreement is not an exclusive relationship between Melissa Alvarez and the Client. The client may seek services from other individuals or companies doing beta reading, editing, or book cover work and Melissa Alvarez is free to offer and perform beta reading, editing and book cover design work to other individuals and companies.
32. Termination. This Agreement will remain in effect until terminated in writing by either party pursuant to this Agreement. Upon termination, Melissa Alvarez will give all work completed up to the point of termination to the Client. You understand and agree that should you terminate the agreement that the services may not be completed yet. Any fees that you have already paid to Melissa Alvarez will not be returned or refunded to you unless work has not yet begun on your project. A delay to a project’s deadline due to the Client's failure to upload the correct version of their project shall not be considered breach of this Agreement or grounds for Termination. A delay when returning a project due to the Client's failure to acknowledge receipt of the original files, shall not be considered breach of this Agreement or grounds for Termination. The deletion of the files from Melissa Alvarez’s computer after the 14 day receipt acknowledgement period, whether or not the Client has responded or failed to respond, will not be considered breach of this agreement or grounds for Termination.
33. Entire Agreement. This Agreement included on this Beta Reader form on the BookCovers.us website constitutes the complete and exclusive agreement between Melissa Alvarez and the Client/Author with respect to this subject matter, and supersedes all oral or written proposals and all other communications, understandings, or agreements between us relating to this subject matter.
34. Governing Law. This Agreement, and any dispute arising under or related to it, will be governed by the laws of the State of Florida. Each party hereby agrees to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in Palm Beach County, Florida.

By clicking Submit below, I am stating that I have read, understand, and agree to the Terms of Service and this Beta Reader Agreement and that I am hiring Melissa Alvarez for Beta Reader services and will be legally bound by this Agreement.