The Good Reader: Alpha Reader report

The Good Reader logoCongratulations! You have completed the first draft of your novel. Now it’s time for someone to read it.

Alpha reading, also known as the First Reader, is a major milestone for any author: the first time anyone else reads your complete story. For the Alpha Reader report, I will read your first draft and give you the ABCDs.

I will also summarize strengths and weaknesses in your structure, style, grammar or language, and outline the steps towards revising your story and producing a final draft ready for beta readers.

What do I need from you?

Your complete first draft in Microsoft Word or Google Doc format.

There are three tiers: up to 50,000 words is perfect for Nanowrimo-style first drafts. Most novels will land in one of the higher tiers: up to 80,000 words, up to 100,000 words or up to 120,000 words.

What will you get from me?

I use the ABCDs to deliver constructive criticism and gauge how much work your novel needs to reach the stage of beta reading, or to be ready for pitching or self-publishing. My report of 1,500-2,000 words will also highlight any issues of copyright and fair use that are best tackled at this early stage.

Additional services include chapter-by-chapter notes, a sample of line edits, and a Zoom consultation to discuss my feedback.

How long will an Alpha Read take?

Alpha reports need 10-20 working days, depending on the length of your work. I will give you a delivery schedule when you submit your work and I’ve read your opening chapters.

Zoom consults must be scheduled within one month of receiving your report.


How much does an Alpha Read cost?

  • Up to 50,000 words €200
  • Up to 80,000 words €300
  • Up to 100,000 words €450
  • Up to 120,000 words €600

Payment in £GBP, $USD and other non-Eurozone currencies.

Additional services
  • Chapter-by-chapter notes €100
  • Sample line edits (3 chapters, up to 10,000 words) €50
  • Zoom consult (60 min) €100

You can request and schedule a Zoom consult up to one month after I deliver your report.

Tick as many as you need, or use the box below.
You can add a Zoom chat at any time, even after you’ve read the report.
Payments from outside the Eurozone

I can accept payments in a variety of currencies, but exchange rates fluctuate and transaction fees vary depending on how you pay. Non-Euro prices will be calculated at final checkout based on current exchange rates and international transaction fees.