Why have an adult beta read a book written for kids?
Get feedback from your intended audience.
Quiethouse is proud to offer a new approach to beta reading to authors who write for children and teens. We have found and tested avid readers between the ages of 7 and 17 who look forward to reading for you.
What you need to know:
Rate: $1 USD per 1,000 words*, per book, per reader, rounded to the nearest 1,000 (minimum $40 per reader)
Contact Quiethouse using the contact form on this page to schedule readers. Readers who are available and interested will sign up to read for you. Once you are notified readers have signed up, you send the file to Quiethouse via email and pay the fee with PayPal. The reader's feedback will be in the form of a questionnaire (see the form below), which will be sent to you via email upon completion.
Manuscripts with graphic sexual content/themes and/or graphic violence will not be accepted. If there is any content that might be questionable, please disclose that in your request so guardians can determine if their children will be allowed to read it or not.
Authors should take into consideration that there is no way to guarantee the children's reliability. It has been stressed to them and their parents that school attendance, schoolwork, and extracurricular activities must be taken into account before signing up to beta read. If a child does not complete feedback for an author, the fee will be refunded.
Also, authors should be aware that feedback will be from a child's perspective and will most likely not be as in-depth as an adult's feedback would be. For example, a child may not be able to tell you if your pacing is too slow or if your characters' dialogue is stilted.
Parents have signed a consent form that states they have explained the seriousness of copyright infringement and maintaining an author's privacy to their children. Most of the children's parents are editors, so they inherently understand how important it is to maintain authors' privacy and to keep intellectual property secure.
*Junior beta readers are not paid for beta reading; however, there is a reward system in place to encourage them to do their best.