About Me

Me! And my Ragdoll cat, Jasper.Why choose The Writer’s Reader for editing and beta reading?

  • BA in English Literature from Miami University (Ohio)
  • 12 years in the publishing business for one of the big 4 publishers. Manuscript acquisition and sales
  • Managed an independent bookstore in Cincinnati, OH
  • English professor at Cincinnati  State Technical and Community College
  • Avid reader: contemporary and literary fiction, particularly British fiction

8 thoughts on “About Me

    Hmm said:
    June 3, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    How much do you charge for editing?


      sharonumbaugh responded:
      June 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      My rates are determined by length and state of the draft/manuscript. If you would like to send a sample to see if we are fit, please contact me at sharonumbaugh@gmail.com


        seema khan said:
        July 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

        Hi Sharon,
        My manuscript is 84,000 words, women’s fiction, and has completed two edits. This is my first novel and at this point, I am looking for a beat read to go over what works and what doesn’t in the plot/voice/conflict/etc. I’m not concerned about line editing. I would be looking to get this completed as soon as possible, so please let me know your timing and pricing for this.


      sharonumbaugh responded:
      August 5, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Beta reading rates are determined by word count and state of the draft.


    Molly said:
    August 5, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    How much do you charge for beta reading?


    Editor – Sharon Umbaugh – Mitusents said:
    January 24, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    […] has impressive credentials, having worked at a big 5 publisher in manuscript acquisition and sales, not to mention manging an […]


    John Matsui said:
    August 23, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Sharon,
    I’m keen to find out your price for a beta read of my 86,000-word time travel thriller. The key issues I’d like a keen-eyed reader’s feedback on are: 1. Is the pace too great? 2. Is the ending too wild? 3. Consistency of MC’s growth.
    I’m known for sharp twist endings but I’m a little worried I may have stepped over the edge. Please reply to john@johnmatsui.com


      John Matsui said:
      August 23, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      I forgot to ask whether speculative fiction is your strong suit.


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