Beta readers…do we need them?

anita dawes and jaye marie


When I first began to blog, back in 2012, it was to promote my sister, Anita’s books and I had no idea how anything worked. All I had to go by was the fact that everybody seemed to be doing it, so how hard could it be.
So I set to it with a great deal of determination (and patience) to learn whatever was necessary to do the job. Didn’t think it would be too difficult, after all I had just mastered the art of formatting and uploading a load of Word files to Amazon. And Smashwords and Goodreads.
It was beginning to look quite easy, but that was about to change.

Although I love to read, and do a lot of it, I must admit that in the beginning I read more ‘how-to’ books than any other kind. Most of these were very good, and I would not be…

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A Beta Reading service now available


I am now offering a Beta Reading service to any interested parties writing short stories and/or novellas and serials.  As a voracious reader and an experienced reviewer (please see as Emma Powell and further links on this blog), I have a good grounding to help others stay on track with their written work.  As a degree-educated professional during the day and a writer by night (or whenever I can!), I am confident I have a good command of the English Language.  Also having had a couple of articles published in the past, I completely understand I will be dealing with someone’s ‘baby’ and can therefore reassure you I will offer opinion on consistency, flow and dialogue as well as constructive criticism (if needed) in an empathic manner.


My main passion is for historical fiction but as you will see from my reviews, I am happy to consider most genres including – but not limited to – Y.A, historical time-slip, contemporary romance and I really enjoy a helping of light-hearted and humorous chick-lit!  I am NOT interested in reading sci-fi, erotica or fantasy at this stage but who knows what will happen in the future.

Please Note:  I work full-time shifts and review books for The Review Group so unfortunately I do have time constraints.  I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Please feel free to use the contact form below and we can enter into further discussions privately.

Many thanks for reading!

Louise 🙂