The Writer’s Reader

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Welcome all indie authors and writers. Congratulations on finishing your novel ! This is an exciting time and I am here to help you move to the next step. Your draft is ready for another set of eyes and I am here to be your reader and/or editor. The Writer’s Reader edits and beta reads for both established authors and new writers eager to publish their first book whether the choice is to self-publish or publish traditionally. Specializing in helping new writers, I gently guide new author’s novels to grammatical accuracy and perfect a storyline that will grab the reader in the first paragraph! Do you want line-editing, a beta-read, proofreading, developmental editing or something in between? I provide all of these.

  •  Beta Reading: I will evaluate your story, for plot, POV, characterization, natural dialogue, continuity, etc.
  • Line-editing: I will assure that texts are free of common errors such as, non-parallel sentence structure, pronoun reference, POV shifts or improper subject–verb agreement. Texts are checked for proper grammar as well as effective sentence structure, pace, organization, flow and character development.
  •  Proofreading: I will humanly and electronically correct grammatical errors and typos.

My rates are way below the norm and my credentials above the norm. Five years working for a New York trade publishing house (now Penguin USA), 4 years managing an independent bookstore (buyer), BA in English Lit, college composition instructor (please forgive me) and avid reader, all make me abundantly qualified to edit and beta-read. And I am fast! I can generally read a novel and critique it in 2-3 weeks. Reply to this post, add your email address and I will contact you directly for more details about submitting a sample. You can also send me a sample directly to sharonumbaugh@gmail.com. Now booking for June/July 2022.

8 thoughts on “The Writer’s Reader

    Chris Norbury said:
    May 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Sharon,

    I’m interested in hiring you to beta read my manuscript. It’s a contemporary mystery/thriller set in Minnesota. I need the big-picture view from a professional beta read regarding plot, subplots, and character development. I used several beta reader friends (including two authors) last fall, and I feel it’s close to where I want it to be, but I have some nagging doubts that tell me it’s not ready for publication. Currently, it’s 96,000 words, but I want to trim it closer to 90,000 words. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

    Chris Norbury
    chrisnorburywriter@gmail.com
    http://chrisnorbury.com

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      sharonumbaugh responded:
      May 19, 2017 at 4:22 am

      Thanks for contacting The Writer’s Reader. I sent you an email with more information about The Writer’s Reader.

      Sharon Umbaugh

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    Sharil Linsley said:
    July 23, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Do you read YA fiction? I have an 85k manuscript that is to workshopped at the PCCWW in sept.

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      sharonumbaugh responded:
      July 23, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks for contacting The Writer’s Reader. I do indeed read YA—a favorite of mine. Please send a short sample, in Word, font size 14 and we can discuss details via my email address, sharonumbaugh@gmail.com.

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    Maria Stanislav said:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Hi, Sharon. Are your beta reading services currently available? I have a ~110k adventure/thriller novel set in a post-apocalyptic world. The novel has been through multiple drafts, and I’m currently doing one last editing pass, due to finish by Dec 1. I’ve had solid beta-reading support from friends with good storytelling instincts, but I’ve reached a stage where I need outside eyes of an experienced beta reader like yourself. Could you please shoot me an email to translator_maria at ukr.net when you’ve got a minute. Thank you!

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      sharonumbaugh responded:
      November 4, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for contacting The Writer’s Reader about beta reading. I responded to your email address. Please let me know that you received it.

      Thanks,
      Sharon Umbaugh

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        Maria Stanislav said:
        November 7, 2019 at 10:14 pm

        Hi, Sharon.
        Thanks for getting back to me. I emailed back a few days ago. No rush, just making sure the message arrived.
        Cheers, Maria

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    sharonumbaugh responded:
    November 8, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Maria,

    Just now sent you an email.

    Thanks,
    Sharon

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