Sign in with a guest (free) or member account to register for EFA courses.

Intro to Becoming a Professional Beta Reader (Webinar Recording)


Want a discount? Become a member.


Want to add beta reading to your list of services but unsure where to start? Stumped by how to differentiate between beta reading and developmental editing in terms of pricing and scope? Heck, unsure exactly what beta reading entails? Beta reading has traditionally been a free service exchanged within writing groups, but it has gained traction as a professional service in the last few years—one that requires a different approach than editing. In this intro-level webinar, I’ll walk you through the basics of beta reading, how it differs from editing, and deciding if it’s something you want to offer. At the end of the 60 minutes, you’ll have the tools to structure your beta reading service, including pricing, scope, and setting expectations (both for yourself and for clients).

Since 2012, Mary DeSantis has worn several hats in the book world—including writer, editor, and blogger. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and has been her own editorial boss since 2019. She has led writing groups, taught one-off lectures, and is currently an instructor with Savvy Authors. When she isn’t working, she can be found practicing yoga and making friends with the oven.

A Note About EFA Recorded Webinars

After placing your order, you will be sent an email entitled “Your EFA recorded webinar order” from with a link to the recording and, if applicable, the webinar handout(s). Please check spam, junk and other category folders if you do not see it in your inbox and consider adding our email address to your safe senders list or email address book. If you do not see the email and it is not in your spam or junk folders, please contact the EFA office.