Do you need the opinion of someone who isn’t your mom? (We love you, Mom.) We’ve got you covered. Choose from our wide range of readers and get a feel for how audiences will like your book!

This is a great edit to purchase for testing out your market. Did you hit the expected tropes? Are your characters reading right? Just ask our beta readers.

Beta reader edits include a full page of reader responses and thoughts. In-line edits can be purchased as an add-on.

If you have questions about our process or one of our editors, please email us at hello@saltandsagebooks.com!

Meet our Beta Readers

David Pena

David Pena

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, David is an editor and writer with a background in Psychology who loves books as much as he loves people. You can find him behind his laptop and second coffee or walking around his hometown buying more and more books, always ready to listen and trade stories.

Cameron Van Sant

Cameron Van Sant

Cameron Van Sant is an editor who wants to see every writer succeed. He has experience editing creative works, professional reports, and academic writing.

Neha Patel

Neha Patel

Neha is an Indian American whose first love was stories. She loves playing around with words to weave engaging sentences that tell meaningful tales. As an editor, she insists on using Oxford commas but will allow sentences to end with prepositions. Her favorite genres are nonfiction and fantasy, which is ironic because they’re literally on the opposite ends of the literary spectrum, but she loves having the best of both worlds.

Thais Carreira Afonso

Thais Carreira Afonso

Thais is a Brazilian WOC queer. Her degree in Media Studies has slowly grown useless, even though she literary Majored in how to be good at social media (but can’t understand it better than twelve-year-olds) and she currently lives with her parents, after a lengthy five-year stay in Shanghai her mother still refers to as her ‘foreign exchange.’

Justin Ho

Justin Ho

Justin Ho is a writer who grew up in Hawaii but spent most of his time in online worlds. Now a bit more grounded, he’s currently pursuing traditional publishing, keeping up with YA releases, and learning Korean (code for watching too much TOMORROW X TOGETHER and BTS content).

Tova Seltzer

Tova Seltzer

Tova Seltzer is a fiction writer, poet, and editor with a B.A. in creative writing from American University in Washington, D.C. The great love of her life is working with stories in development and figuring out what they want and need to be the greatest they can be. You can be confident she’ll take your fictional character children as seriously as you do!

Ronkwahrhakónha Dube ("Lune")

Ronkwahrhakónha Dube ("Lune")

While many of us are inspired by stories of adventure, not many of us have been in sword fights, or understand witchcraft. Even those of us who have had experiences with these, likely have only practiced in a handful of martial arts styles or ancestral traditions.

Trinica Sampson

Trinica Sampson

Trinica Sampson is a writer and freelance editor with experience as an Editorial Assistant at Utne Reader and The Antioch Review. She loves working with writers to make their novel, comic, video game dialogue, poetry, or personal essay the best version of itself that it can be.

Rachel Hansen

Rachel Hansen

Rachel likes sweet regency romances, YA fantasy, YA fiction, dystopian, non-gruesome mystery, and middle grade of all genres.

Lee Anne Cooksey

Lee Anne Cooksey

Lee Anne Cooksey has worked for a local government agency for 30 years. She currently supervises four (4) team members who are responsible for procuring

Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins is the author of four published books. She has been freelance editing for several years and enjoys helping

Basil Wright

Basil Wright

Basil Wright is a writer and sensitivity reader who has primarily worked with TTRPG writers to ensure their games are inclusive and welcoming to all. They love D&D, anime, and otome games. If you had to match Basil to a magical girl team, they would be the energetic yellow magic girl that always supports her friends and is constantly snacking on something.

Heba Elsherief

Heba Elsherief

Heba Elsherief holds an MA in English Literature and a PhD in Language and Literacies from the University of Toronto. A former Islamic high school English teacher, she now teaches university classes in cultural studies and language education.

Kim VanderHorst

Kim VanderHorst

Kim is an experienced and kind developmental editor—maybe because she’s a mom, or maybe because she’s Canadian. But she has a knack

Kimberlee McCoy

Kimberlee McCoy

Kimberlee enjoys historical fiction, YA fiction, middle grade fiction, personal development and self-help, cookbooks, and memoirs.

Taye Timko

Taye Timko

Taye Timko is a Jack and Jill of all Trades and the Master of Some—primarily an educator of color at an African centered high school on the East Coast, teaching (sometimes) reluctant young writers by day and is a writer and freelance editor by night.

Sara Olds

Sara Olds

Writer, mother—grandmother now too!, teacher, traveler and equestrian—Sara believes in making the most of the great loves in her life.

Savannah Tenderfoot

Savannah Tenderfoot

Savannah Tenderfoot is a seasonal park ranger who would always choose a day in the woods or at the beach over being indoors. When she isn’t reading, you can find her gardening, cooking, kayaking, beading, relaxing near the river with a book of brain-teasers… the list goes on.

Nicholas Dante di Angelo

Nicholas Dante di Angelo

A wild child of the chaotic arts, Nicholas Dante di Angelo is a creative soul with a proclivity for colorful, vivid imagery in his artwork and writing. He enjoys bold, brilliant splashes of color in everything and anything. When not nose-deep in a book, he can be found playing video games and writing critical analyses on the pop culture/media he consumes.

Akelah Adams

Akelah Adams

Akelah has an English degree and she would love to put it to use helping you write your story!

Erin Olds

Erin Olds

Erin’s officially been writing for over half of her life, and has the stacks of scribbled-in notebooks to prove it! She can help you with anything from story structure to emotional payoffs.

Mya Alexice

Mya Alexice

Mya is a poet, writer, and reader with a neverending TBR pile and a cat named Ramen.

Catherine Liao

Catherine Liao

Catherine is a historical and literary fiction writer who has been lost in books since they could hold them. Aside from writing, they’re also working towards a degree in archaeology. You could say they’re always looking to dig up the next great find—in both books and their career.

Lynn Brown

Lynn Brown

Lynn is currently on hiatus and is not accepting any edits at this time.

Lynn Brown wrote her first book at the age of 6, (a fantasy!) to the wild acclaim of her kindergarten class. She’s been helping other writers get their words out into the world ever since.

Heidi Robbins

Heidi Robbins

Heidi Robbins has a Masters in Education with an emphasis in library media, with additional degrees in Theater and Speech Education with a minor in English!

Carrie Jacks

Carrie Jacks

Carrie loves the entire process of publishing a novel—from developing that brand new, exciting idea to formatting the words to look perfect on the page.She is sometimes intimidated by editing her own words, but she loves to read other writers’ works in progress to help make them the best they can be.

Jeigh Meredith

Jeigh Meredith

Jeigh likes all different genres of middle grade and young adult.

Madison Parrotta

Madison Parrotta

From an early age, Madison Parrotta was paranoid that she’d never be able to read. When she was proven wrong, she devoured as many books as she could. As Madison grew older and continued to read, she noticed the lack of people like herself (i.e. that were disabled). At this point, she knew she wanted to work with books that were written by disabled writers or were about disability in a way that dismantled ableism.