Announcing the Greyhart Press Beta Reader Program

Today, we kick off our Beta Reader Program. Get free paperback editions of our books as soon as they’re published… and see your name in the acknowledgements.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Put your name down to join the beta reader team for a book that catches your interest
  2. If you win a place in that book’s beta reader team, then when the book has cleared editing, we’ll send you an advanced copy of the book. We can send you an eBook worldwide, or a paperback if you live in North America or Europe.
  3. Read and enjoy the book. If you spot anything in the book that you think is wrong, make a note and tell us about it. The book will have already been edited, but we want to double-check nothing’s slipped through.
  4. When the final edition of the book is published, we will list the people in the beta reader team inside the book, and send you an eBook or paperback copy with our thanks (paperbacks to N. America and Europe only).


You can register your interest in the Beta Reader Program from today.

The first book we will put through this program will be The Last Sunset by Bob Atkinson.


The details

How do I register? add a comment to this post or to the page on our website for the book you’re interested in.

How do I qualify? we’re currently limiting membership of each team to eight people. If there’s more interest than that we will select membership at random.

Do I have to review the book? The answer is no. Of course, we’re always very grateful for positive reviews on sites such as as it helps us and helps our authors. But that’s entirely up to you. This program is about being the final gate of quality control.

What am I looking for? Anything that sounds or feels wrong to you. Typos, grammatical mistakes, bizarre idiom, inconsistencies. Regional variations of English is of particular interest. Our authors come from a variety of countries, and some books will be written in a regional version of English that is not yours. We’re proud to be an international organisation but we do try to be aware of idioms or word choices that don’t travel well, and avoid them.

How long do I have to review the book? Watch for announcements about each book. There will be a minimum of 4 weeks between sending out beta review copies and publishing the book.

Can I also review the book and qualify for Read… Review… Repeat!  Absolutely, yes.

What if I don’t like the book, and don’t finish it? We’re sorry. Obviously we can’t guarantee you will enjoy the book. If you had a go and gave up then we will still list you in the acknowledgements but won’t send you the finished book.

What if I don’t like the book, but did finish it and did send a list of issues? Thanks for persevering. We will send you the book you tested, if you like, but we understand you might not want that. So, as an alternative, we will send you another book (existing or forthcoming) of your choice.

Just checking… when you said the program applies to Europe, does that include the UK? Yes it does. Anywhere in the EU. Although I do understand that many British people like to think of Europe as someplace foreign and far-off.

About Tim C. Taylor

Tim C. Taylor writes science fiction and is the author of 21 published novels as of August 2021. His latest book is 'Hold the Line', published by Theogony Books. Find out more at
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78 Responses to Announcing the Greyhart Press Beta Reader Program

  1. Hey Tim…
    Do I qualify? If so, I’d love to participate…
    Regards, Thomas

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  3. Elliot Halberg says:

    I’d love to be added as a member of the beta reader team if you’ve stills pace on it.

  4. I write fantasy novels and would love to beta read books in the same genre.
    Edwin D Ferretti III

  5. Kristina Gehring says:

    I would love to be a beta reader for anything you’ve got – but ESPECIALLY for The Reaper’s Walk – Don Franklin – I’m a book geek so I’m willing to read just about anything else too. I am however anxiously awaiting the chance to get my hands on The Reaper’s Walk so I would be more than willing to help out there 😉

  6. Kellie Fry says:

    I’d love to be a beta reader! The Reaper’s Walk by Tom Franklin. Actually any book by an author!

  7. I would like to participate. Sci fi, fantasy, romance, paranormal. Just about any and everything!
    Rosalyn Petroff

  8. timctaylor says:

    Bob Atkinson asked to join in, so this comment is for Bob

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  11. I’d like to be in your Beta Program and review The Last Sunset. Since there is a young woman in the cover does that mean she’s a main character? I especially love books with courageous heroines!

    • timctaylor says:

      Well, Beth. That face you see is Ishbel. When the clansmen go off to fight for the prince, the women are left behind with the old men and boys to defend their village as best they can. Yes, she’s a heroine and a key character, but she isn’t the principle viewpoint character. That role is taken by a Scottish soldier from the 1970s.

      We spent weeks working through artwork ideas. The problem with a book like this one is that it has several facets. If we tried to capture them all on the front cover, then it would look a mess, so we picked just one: Gaelic Scottish Highlands, and hinted at several others. We wanted a human face because while there’s adventure and time-slip strangeness, it’s principally a book about *people*. And we went for a woman’s face because we felt that would better reflect the romantic thread than an old clansman. This wasn’t the first face we tried; I liked this one because she looks dignified and almost part of the Highland landscape.

      Sorry. You asked a perfectly simple question, and now you have heard far more than you’ll ever want to know about our cover art 🙂

  12. timctaylor says:

    Here’s a note that Sasha Summers is interested in the beta program. Yes, Texas residents are eligible 🙂

  13. rospetroff says:

    I can not hold out much longer, too excited. Like a child at Christmas. Stop teasing me and give me The Last Sunset to read all ready. lol

  14. Nicole Theobald says:

    Hi, please please please can I be a Beta Reader for Bob! I’m happy to read for anyone to be honest, but it would be very special for me to do this for Bob.
    Nicole x

  15. Marie Evans says:

    I would like to join the Beta Reader Program.

  16. R. Blackwell says:

    I would love to be a beta reader

  17. Paul says:

    Heck yeah I love to be added to this Tim.

  18. Lorraine Baker says:

    I would love to take part-always struggling to find new books/authors to read.

  19. Amy says:

    I’d love to be a beta reader. The local library is starting to run out of books I haven’t read!

  20. Sandy Giden says:

    I enjoyed doing the beta read of VampCon. Please consider me for any future books. Thanks

    • timctaylor says:

      Definitely. Many thanks for your help, Sandy.

      • Elliot Halberg says:

        Tim thanks for the copy of The Last Sunset, seeing my name with the other beta team members was really neat. I can’t wait till next asked by you and your team to be apart of the next beta team weffort.
        Thnak You Very Much


      • timctaylor says:

        Hope it looks good on your bookshelf. Thanks for all your help.

  21. Rui Santos says:

    Hey Tim,
    My name is Rui Santos and I’m from Portugal and I would love to be a beta reader.
    I prefer paperbacks if possible.

  22. Donna James says:

    Hi there
    I would love to join if this is still possible? Please let me know what I need to do
    Thanks, Donna

  23. gema claughton says:

    Hi i’m Gema i read everything, i’m a book a day at the moment ( can’t fit more in around the kids). Would love to join and read books from you.

  24. I really enjoy reading. If it could be my job that would be a dream come true. I have been reading since grade 2 like crazy. I would enjoy reading your books 🙂

  25. Alenette B. says:

    I would love to be in the Beta Reader! Please add me. What is the current one you’re working on?

    • timctaylor says:

      Hi Alenette,
      Sorry to take so long to reply. Yes, we’d love you in our beta program. I’ve added you to the list, which means I’ll send an email invite the next time we are running a beta team. Coming soon will be a collection of philosophical science fiction novellas about evolution, and a British ghost story horror novel.
      Thanks, Tim

  26. Carol Todd says:

    Would love to be a beta reader, especially in the horror/fiction genre. I read several ebooks per week, and always seem to find those annoying misspelled words or other inconsistencies, and have wanted to be part of something like this – I just did not know how to go about it. I also have no problem giving a review after reading a book…

    • timctaylor says:

      Hi Carol,
      It’s great to hear from you. I’ll add you to the beta reader list. What that means is next time there’s a book needing a beta reader team, you’ll get an email inviting you to join. there will be a description of the type of book so you can ask to join in with books that interest you and ignore the books that don’t.
      Thanks again for offering to help out ,Carol.

  27. Kylee Stutzman says:

    I would love to be a part of this!

  28. Alenette B. says:

    I would love to be a part of the beta reading program especially for The Last Sunset by Bob Atkinson! Thank you!

  29. Butch Legere says:

    Hi Tim…
    I would be honored to be a part of this team…

  30. Karen says:

    I’d love to put my PhD editing skills to some use too 🙂

  31. hhattiecc says:

    Hi, I’d love to be part of your next beta team if you have a space for me somewhere. Having an eye for grammatical errors does create tension in my family but it would sure make me perfect for this!

    • timctaylor says:

      🙂 I know just what you mean! I’ve added you to the list of interested people. So next time we run a beta team (which will be soon) then I’ll email you an invitation. Many thanks for offering to help out and I hope you have fun getting involved.

  32. Sharon Cook says:

    I am an avid reader and book junkie. Would love to be part of the beta reader program.. Could I sign up and let me know how to get started? Thanks.

    • timctaylor says:

      Thanks Sharon. I’ve added you to the list of people interested in beta reading. We’ve just done a load of beta reading and I’m afraid all our teams are full at the moment. Next time we ask for volunteers, you’ll get an email invitation.
      Thanks for offering to help out.

  33. Heather says:

    Wow I’m so excited to do this. I’m an avid reader of all sorts and this sounds like a wonderful experience!!!

    • timctaylor says:

      Thanks Heather. I’ve put you in the list of people interested in beta readers and will invite you to join in with the next team. We are having a relatively quiet year in terms of publication, so it might be a while. Thanks for offering to help out. Have a great weekend!

  34. Kittie says:

    I’d love to join if still possible! I’ve been a beta for many books before and can’t get enough of reading!!

    • Kittie. Thanks for asking to join in. Lots of people had fun with the beta program and it was a pleasure to host them (and very helpful). I’ll add you to the list of interest people. I’m not planning any more Greyhart titles this year, so it might be a while before you get your call up papers 🙂 Thanks again for offering to help.

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