A Quick Turnaround
I had a great experience working with Deb Rhodes. I usually turn to family and friends for an opinion of my work but suspect their reviews are biased by their feelings for me. I needed an outsider’s opinion, but it’s hard for a writer to just turn over her manuscript and money to someone she’s never worked with. After some research on goodreads.com I came across Deb, took a calculated risk, and was very pleased with the results. Deb was professional and easy to work with, friendly but honest with her critique. She gave me both the strengths and the weaknesses of my manuscript, and came through on everything she promises on her website. Best of all, she performed a quick turn around on my book and responded to my emails and questions in a timely fashion. I’m lucky and happy to have found her and will continue to return to her for future beta reads.
I would highly recommend Deb Rhodes as a beta reader for your next manuscript. Deb gave me highly detailed and constructive criticism in a timely manner, and her review inspired many other beta readers to read my manuscript. Deb’s report has given me the confidence to send my novel off to agents and publishers, and I will definitely use her again for my next book.
Absolutely thrilled with Deb’s beta report of my fantasy novel. She picked up on plot and character details that so many other readers overlooked. Deb doesn’t have an autopilot mode; of the readers I’ve shared my work with her attention to detail, precision and thoughtfulness has simply gone unmatched. And now, motivated by her fantastic work and inspiring comments, I’m ready to get writing again. In truth, I can’t wait to write my next novel, most of all just so I have a chance to work with Deb again. Many thanks!
No writer likes to hear that their work can be better. Deb’s feedback was easy to hear, helpful, insightful, and welcome. I look forward to sending her my revised book to see if I have indeed improved the story. Thanks, Deb.
Insightful & objective
I highly recommend Deb as a beta reader for your next novel. She is insightful, objective, prompt and not afraid to tell you if she thinks something doesn’t work. Her greatest strength lies in helping you look at your work from the reader’s perspective, which is exactly what a good beta reader should do. I will definitely use her services again.
I found a great beta reader in Deb Rhodes. She will look at your manuscript as a reader not just as a beta. She is honest and straightforward. She was very thorough, accurate and very detailed and prompt in getting back to me with a very detailed, honest and thorough report on my novel. She was very personable. I couldn’t ask for anyone better. Her suggestions were very helpful and useful to me. I’ll be using her again.
Insightful comments, fast service
Folklorist Frank Dobie said that he liked to leave a story in better shape than it was in when he found it. I sent my 90K suspense thriller to Deb and within a week, she returned a complete report plus numerous, specific margin comments. Everything she said was on the mark, and she left my story in better shape than when I sent it to her. Her service was well worth the money and I will use her for my next novel.
Russell Ashworth, author of Souls of Men
Incredibly helpful & insightful
Deb’s beta read has been incredibly helpful and insightful. I know what direction I should be going in now as I work towards my next rewrite. Will I be using Deb’s services again? You bet!
Alison Ripley Cubitt
I think I’ll just call you Ms. Magic.
After reading your review of my story and checking your comments, I decided to do some minor adjustments to my manuscript. The result was I eliminated the first four chapters and scattered the information throughout the story. I made the changes you suggested and as a result, my manuscript is 4,700 words, 8 Chapters and 26 pages shorter. After making these changes, I reread the story. I found it was a much easier read. More concise and easier to follow the story line. What struck me most, was after these changes, the story hadn’t changed at all. All the plot lines, characters and story points were still there.
I hope you have a slot available. My next book will be on its way to you in two weeks.
Nick J Mercorella
Honest & insightful
Deb has a keen grasp of story and character. Her comments helped me come to terms with what my characters were going through.
She shared what she was thinking and feeling and why, and that’s what I really needed.
Her reactions to my work were inspiring and memorable. I recommend her services because she is honest and insightful.
A Whole New Level
Deb’s Beta Reading service is an invaluable and thorough resource. She has the innate talent of grasping your story’s depth and bringing to light all of its strengths and weaknesses in such a professional and positive way while still giving you the honest truth needed to make your novel outstanding. She takes Beta reading to a whole new level and I would highly recommend her service to anyone who is serious about their craft and getting published. I valued her in-depth critique so much that I hired her to edit my novel as well. She’s amazing!
KT Griffin, author of The Unraveling of Kirin Lane
I recommend her highly
Ms. Rhodes did a beta-read of my 72,000 word novel in under a week (May 2015). Her report was incisive, detailed and spot on. She told me what was good and not so good. As soon as I finished her report I began making changes.
In summary, her beta read was well worth the fee and I recommend her highly.
Lawrence Martin, MD
Author of Consenting Adults Only
A friendly beta reader
The quality of work surpassed my expectations, and turnaround was less than a week. I wanted someone to spot the weaknesses in my story, and give me honest feedback and that’s exactly what I got.
I will be using these services again when I complete my second volume.
I’m so thrilled to have found a professional quality, friendly beta reader!
A prompt and astute beta-reader
Deb was a prompt and astute beta-reader. She gave excellent suggestions and was able to keenly pinpoint areas in my novel that needed reworking. Her comments were helpful, on point, and kind. I would absolutely recommend her and hope to use her on future projects.
Beta reader for life
Deb is by far the best BETA reader I have had. She is efficient, punctual and really delves deep into the story, even if it’s not her genre. She is thorough with her report and gives constructive criticism when needed. A writer is always nervous about showing their work to anyone. Our writing is a part of our soul, our heart, and to show it to family members let alone strangers is a daunting prospect. Alas, family members, while trustworthy, are often biased with their opinions, and friends are mostly the same. So, we turn to BETA readers. It’s a leap of faith – we can only hope that the BETA reader is good and trustworthy, and sometimes we’re even a little disappointed at the service we receive.
But not with Deb. I have had many BETA readers, but Deb gave me something more than I expected. Not only did she give me a true, unbiased opinion (which we look for in BETA readers), but she immersed herself into the world I had created and the characters. It’s rare for someone to get so involved with the characters, especially if they may dislike the story, but Deb did.
She is effective with her advice and punctual with her timing. It took her less than 2 weeks to get back to me with my story. I was very impressed with this. If she doesn’t like something, she’ll tell you, but she’ll tell you why and be polite while doing it. She will also point out all of the good parts, too, the stuff that makes you smile. She carefully reviews your work and comments throughout, but also provides a BETA report sheet which is essential.
I certainly want Deb as a BETA reader for life. BRL, or something like that. She is phenomenal at what she does.
Super beta reader
Deb is a super Beta reader, incredibly fast and thorough. She was very professional and gave great feedback. She didn’t miss a thing–from plot, character, pace and flow her feedback was very constructive and helpful. I would definitely use her services again.
A perfect beta reader
Deb has given a fresh and unique perspective in her beta reports and made me see my manuscript through the eyes of an unbiased reader. An absolutely perfect beta reader. I would highly recommend her.
Deb is now going to be my go to girl for Beta Reading. She is very approachable, gives very thorough feedback, including suggestions on improving the story. I really can’t rate her high enough. Deb beta read my short mystery, Carly, and her take on it was exceptional.
Deb was incredibly fast and thorough. Her insight into my story was incredible and her feedback was spot on. I am so glad I contacted her.
The first hurdle you must overcome is the crazy idea that beta reading should be free. This is a real job and if you want it done properly, you need to find someone who does it regularly and understands the type of feedback that you need at this stage in drafting. I would highly recommend Deb’s services. She is everything you want—professional, fast, thorough. I found her comments to be insightful, encouraging and (perhaps MOST importantly for my fragile newbie ego) very constructive. I will most certainly use her services again.