Author Services

I am offering paid services to authors to help with their manuscripts via beta reading and synopsis critiques. In addition, I offer marketing services in the form of reading over query letters to bloggers, synopsis critiques, and more. For more information, please see below. 

All requests should be emailed to me at jkramer@booksandladders.ca with the subject line "Author Services." 

In this email, please include:

  • Title
  • Series and book number in series
  • Genre(s)
  • Synopsis
  • Page count
  • Word count
  • Warnings for the book, if necessary

Upon approval of your manuscript, I will email you back with a confirmation. At this time, a tentative date of completion will be provided; this will typically be around three to four weeks from receipt of the manuscript, however, depending on demand, timelines may increase. 

Specific completion dates can be done upon request, however rush turnaround time will result in additional charges. However, if I do not think we will be able to finish reading and editing before the end of four weeks, I will email you and give you an updated timeline.


I work full time and therefore have a set amount of each of my services to offer every month. If my schedule is full for the month you request, I will offer you my next available spot.



I am now booking for Summer 2018!

Open availability:


  • Beta Reading:
    • July 2018: 2 spots
    • August 2018: 4 spots
    • September 2018: 4 spots
  • Sensitivity Reading:
    • July 2018: 1 spot
    • August 2018: 2 spots
    • September 2018: 2 spots
  • Marketing Kits:
    • July 2018: 10 spots
    • August 2018: 10 spots
    • September 2018: 10 spots
  • Website Critique:
    • July 2018: 5 spots
    • August 2018: 5 spots
    • September 2018: 5 spots
  • Query Letters for Bloggers:
    • July 2018: 5 spots
    • August 2018: 5 spots
    • September 2018: 5 spots
  • Synopsis Critique:
    • July 2018: 4 spots
    • August 2018: 5 spots
    • September 2018: 5 spots
All of my service prices are in USD. They are subject to change. If you would like your invoice in another currency, please let me know and I will base it on the Google Currency Converter at the time of sale.


What to expect

My beta reading will consist of inline comments alongside a completed questionnaire worksheet that I use for all my beta reading, which you can view here. I will state my suggestions as constructive criticism. You are free to email me about questions or concerns you have about the comments I have made inline and in the worksheet via my email after I have sent you our completed worksheet and the manuscript with the inline comments. I will respond within 12-18 hours, which could vary depending on my availability. I will inform you if there is to be a delay in a response when I send back my comments.

Should you update and revise your manuscript, I may be willing to reread either the entire work or sections that are highly changed. This will be done upon request and may not be able to be fulfilled depending on demand and schedule. To view the cost of this, please see the Prices section of this page.


I will take an in-depth look at:



  • Characterisation, including motivation, story arcs, distinction, etc.
  • Dialogue
  • Pacing
  • Plot
  • Setting
  • Writing craft
  • Overall impression
  • Specific characters and events
  • If there are specific aspects of the novel you wish for me to look at/for, this can be fulfilled upon request. It must be stated in the email to me prior to my acceptance of your manuscript.


What not to expect

I will not revise your manuscript. While I will give you feedback and pointers, I will not rewrite it for you. This service is strictly for the highlighted aspects above, and, therefore, I will not look for any editing and proofreading components.


Accepted Formats

I ask that all books being beta read are sent to me in Word Document format. Please use a standard, legible font in at least size 10, single-spaced.

For beta reading, if the book is part of a series and not the first in said series, I ask that any previous books are provided to us in order to ensure consistency and character development throughout the series. Please note that this will make the timeline for completion longer than normal.



Why Me?


I am an avid reader. I have read over 5000 books in my lifetime, 350 of them last year. I know the types of tropes that are expected, the way readers want to see them play out, and what pitfalls to avoid because I've seen them all. Additionally, I am educated: I have a Master of Arts degree and my Human Resources designation. I know what good writing looks like and can help you polish up the plot holes without changing the essence of the story.

Beta Reading Prices

My beta reading services are paid services. The time frames are approximate and depend on the length of the manuscript and my other demands; I will send you your completed manuscript upon completion. I will not charge you for Rush Service fees if I finish your manuscript within a shorter time period and you have not requested Rush Service.

I ask that a deposit of 50% of the total cost is made before I begin the service. Once I have finished the work, I will send you an invoice which must be paid in full before I send the manuscript and any notes back to you. All transactions will be through Paypal. If you are sending from a Paypal account in a different currency, please let me know so I can calculate the fee in that currency. I use Google’s exchange rate calculation at time of transaction.


Fees are subject to change. Please note that my prices are in USD. 



Beta Reading

Should you choose to work with me, the first 5,000 words of the first manuscript that I read and critique is free; thereafter, I charge $0.0015 per word. For example: Your manuscript is 85,000 words, the total cost of the beta read would be $120.00 ([85,000 – 5,000] * 0.0015 = $120). The standard time frame for completion is 4 weeks (28 days).


Beta Rereading

Once I have completed a full read through of your manuscript, I may on occasion agree to reread either the entire manuscript or a section of the manuscript depending on the extent of the revisions and the demand of my services. 

These rereads would be at a staggered price rate:

  • A full reread (90%+ of the manuscript) would be 80% of the original cost.
  • A reread of between 75%-90% of the manuscript would be 75% of the original cost.
  • A reread of between 50%-75% of the manuscript would be 65% of the original cost.
  • A reread of 25%-50% of the manuscript would be 55% of the original cost.
  • A reread of 15%-25% of the manuscript would be 40% of the original cost.
  • A reread of a single chapter would be a flat rate of $10. (Note: We will only accept a single chapter reread once per manuscript.)
  • Please note: If I notice that you have added a significant number of words since the first read, I reserve the right to reassess the cost.

Rush Service

As noted, my typical turnaround time is four weeks (28 days) upon receiving the manuscript. Rush Service may be fulfilled upon request.  The pricing for this will be as follows:
  • Three days* upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional $40
  • One week (7 days) upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional $20
  • Two weeks (14 days) upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional $10
  • *Please note for the Three Days option I must receive your manuscript by Friday at 10:00 am Eastern Time in order to fulfil this request.
I will read your manuscript with an eye toward any potentially inaccurate, inauthentic, insulting, misrepresentative, harmful, or *-ist themes, phrases, or actions in the text. 

I am able to read for sensitivity matters pertaining to being a bisexual female and a range of mental health issues including bipolar disorder, social anxiety, general anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and agoraphobia. I have been diagnosed with these mental health disorders since my teens and am actively in therapy and taking medication.


Additionally, I work in diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in my day-to-day life and wrote my Master of Arts thesis surrounding the inability of the Government of Ontario to successfully create legislation for persons with disabilities who use the internet. I won a presentation and paper contest with this paper.

Sensitivity Reading Prices

My sensitivity reading services are paid services. The time frames are approximate and depend on the length of the manuscript and my other demands; I will send you your completed manuscript upon completion. I will not charge you for Rush Service fees if I finish your manuscript within a shorter time period and you have not requested Rush Service.

I ask that a deposit of 50% of the total cost is made before I begin the service. Once we have finished the work, we will send you an invoice which must be paid in full before we send the manuscript and any notes back to you. All transactions will be through Paypal. If you are sending from a Paypal account in a different currency, please let me know so I can calculate the fee in that currency. I use Google’s exchange rate calculation at time of transaction.


Fees are subject to change. Please note that my prices are in USD. 



Sensitivity Reading

Should you choose to work with me, the first 5,000 words of the first manuscript that I read and critique is free; thereafter, I charge $0.0025 per word. For example: Your manuscript is 85,000 words, the total cost of the sensitivity read would be $200.00 ([85,000 – 5,000] * 0.0025 = $200). The standard time frame for completion is 4 weeks (28 days).


Sensitivity Rereading

Once I have completed a full read through of your manuscript, I may on occasion agree to reread either the entire manuscript or a section of the manuscript depending on the extent of the revisions and the demand of my services. 

These rereads would be at a staggered price rate:

  • A full reread (90%+ of the manuscript) would be 80% of the original cost.
  • A reread of between 75%-90% of the manuscript would be 75% of the original cost.
  • A reread of between 50%-75% of the manuscript would be 65% of the original cost.
  • A reread of 25%-50% of the manuscript would be 55% of the original cost.
  • A reread of 15%-25% of the manuscript would be 40% of the original cost.
  • A reread of a single chapter would be a flat rate of $10. (Note: We will only accept a single chapter reread once per manuscript.)
  • Please note: If I notice that you have added a significant number of words since the first read, I reserve the right to reassess the cost.

Rush Service

As noted, my typical turnaround time is four weeks (28 days) upon receiving the manuscript. Rush Service may be fulfilled upon request.  The pricing for this will be as follows:
  • Three days* upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional $40
  • One week (7 days) upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional $20
  • Two weeks (14 days) upon receiving the manuscript: Price per Word + an additional $10
  • *Please note for the Three Days option I must receive your manuscript by Friday at 10:00 am Eastern Time in order to fulfil this request.

Give me your headshot and bio, and I’ll do the rest!  If you want to market your book, you also have to market yourself. This is also very useful to send to blog tour hosts and bloggers so they have all the relevant information they need to easily whip up posts featuring you and your books.

For $15/marketing kit, I will put together a Word document that you can send out that includes the following:
  • Headshot
  • Author bio
  • Author links, as applicable
    • Website
    • Goodreads
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • Pinterest
    • Amazon
    • Tumblr
    • Blog
  • Book jacket
    • Book summary, either from Goodreads or from you
  • Book links, as applicable
    • Amazon.com
    • Amazon.ca
    • Amazon.co.uk
    • Kindle
    • Chapters Indigo
    • Kobo
    • The Book Depository
    • Barnes & Noble
    • Nook

For an additional $10/kit, I will also create HTML versions of the above so bloggers can easily add them to their posts that matches your author aesthetic theme.
Have an author website but not many hits? I can help shape your website to be more user friendly! For $50/website, I will go through a checklist of 10 items to see if you tick all the boxes and what can be improved upon. I will send you my recommendations of what should be included, excluded, etc. If you make changes and wish for me to take another look, each subsequent critique will be $15/view.
As a blogger that gets about 15 email review requests a day, I know what I and others look for when authors make a review request. Send me your general letter for a once over where I give you pointers to help better your chances for  $20/letter. Please note that this does not guarantee you will receive more acceptance or reviews.

Any subsequent changes will cost $10/email exchange.

Alternatively, send me the link to the blogger you wish to query, along with the letter you will be sending them, and I will read it over for the price of $25/letter.
You’ve written the book, and now you have to describe it in 100-200 words. I will help you create the perfect synopsis that excites readers without giving away too much of the plot at a rate of $30/synopsis.

You send me a detailed outline (preferred) or the manuscript to read so I can make sure the synopsis is an accurate portrayal of the content. I will read the synopsis and make comments, then discuss them with you and further brainstorm ways to improve the synopsis.

With a detailed outline, my turnaround time is 48-60 hours; with a full manuscript, my turnaround time is two weeks (14 days). If you require me to read your full manuscript and a quicker turnaround date, please note that this will be an additional charge based on the amount of time that you require me to turn it around in.

Any subsequent rereads of the synopsis will cost $15/reread after my initial comments and discussion with you, the author.

Have Another Project For Me?

Send me all the details and I will discuss with you your options and prices! I am open to running street teams, putting together blog tours, finding you Influencers, and more!

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