Bachelor of Science, Curtin University
I’m an avid reader and a sucker for ALL the well written tropes (enemies to lovers? I think yes!). In particular I enjoy reading high/urban fantasy (both Adult and YA), sci-fi, dystopian and dabbling in the realms of contemporary every now and then.
I can often be found with a cup of (strong) coffee and curled up reading a good book with my dog at my feet begging for my snack. I’m passionate and determined to provide clear, concise, and honest feedback to make your projects the best they can possibly be. My background in science provides extra useful when reading sci-fi and dystopian, as well as providing a bench mark for those writing characters with injuries. As a obsessed plotter I have a passion for world-building, a very important aspect for any fantasy or sci-fi writers. A good story is one that captures the reader’s attention at every moment and I aim to help you achieve this.
Bachelor of Communications, University of Queensland
I’m a lifelong reader and passionate about all kinds of stories, particularly contemporary female fiction, rom-com, romance, adult paranormal/urban fantasy, and young adult stories of any genre. I’m at my happiest drinking tea, reading, writing, or brainstorming my newest novel, and my hobbies include contributing to my growing array of indoor houseplants and buying too many books. I always believe it’s a good time to sing to Shania Twain and car dance to assorted nineties classics.
My background in journalism, writing, marketing, and telecommunications means I can provide feedback on realistic dialogue, and how your story would appeal to the market. As a character-driven writer, I often pay special attention in my feedback to characterisation, character interactions, authenticity, and motive. I make no apologies for the amount of capitalised fangirling I do in my critiques, and if your work has romance or a romantic subplot (#onebed!), I am here.for.it.
OUR BETA CRITIQUE TESTIMONIALS
Taylor... has such a helpful and constructive way of commenting on storytelling that it instantly sparked so many ideas for how I could improve my novel.
It was a perfect mix of letting me know what I was doing well and what I could do better.
Her feedback articulated parts of my story I felt iffy about but couldn't pinpoint myself, and she gently offered suggestions that helped lead me to solutions. She went above and beyond just telling me what she did and didn't like, and I'll be forever grateful for her feedback.
I am so happy with the feedback I received from Taylor. It was in-depth, concise, and extremely helpful. I can tell Taylor is well educated in what makes a good story. She was not afraid to tell me what could use improvement, and in a way that I felt was clear and thoughtful.
I felt that she cared about my story and me, through the whole process. I look forward to continuing to work with Taylor in the future.
I worked with Taylor and she was absolutely amazing! The feedback I received was extremely detailed and helpful. Not only did Taylor provide thoughtful and comprehensive feedback but provided solutions to the flaws within my manuscript.
The Beta House Collective was professional and exceeded all my expectations. Working with Taylor made the stressful feedback process enjoyable and so helpful. I can't wait to work with them again in the future and utilize the new services they now offer!
The Beta House Collective was a dream to work with for a first time beta read! I have always been a little anxious about letting others read my work, but I couldn't be happier with the care taken with my story by Sarah. She was extremely detailed and thorough, providing her feedback in a constructive yet positive manner.
I especially loved the specific changes & solutions Sarah suggested that really help take my story to the next level. I would absolutely recommend working with the Beta House Collective!
I wish every writer knew just how valuable the feedback from the Beta House Collective is. I could tell Sarah took the time to craft detailed guidance, and I felt she truly cared about me and my story.
She saw things that I couldn't see myself, and did a wonderful job at giving me solid suggestions for how I might fix it.
Your story will only improve with feedback like Sarah gives, and I appreciate her so much!
Sarah’s feedback was deeply insightful and way more complex and comprehensive than I anticipated. She highlighted the strengths in my story while kindly pointing out several opportunities to make it shine.
She offered in-depth analysis of the story’s readability, not limited to my characters, their relationships with each other, the overall pacing and the major conflict/resolution. I’m already looking forward to working with her again.
I've used the Beta House Collective four times. Do you see that number? FOUR. Their feedback is absolutely invaluable. Their ideas for improvement are backed with specific solutions so I'm never left feeling lost or confused about the way forward. They are so talented at seeing the way I want to tell my story and helping me get there. Also, I always feel like they respect my story and care about my characters and me. I tell all my writer friends about Taylor and Sarah, as my writing journey wouldn't be the same without them.
If you're considering using the Beta House Collective, I highly recommend you get on their books. You won't regret it!
R.C. Reyn | @rcreynauthor