Below are some examples of feedback from authors who have published their own books via FeedaRead.com or our partner site, YouWriteOn.com
“It's taken ten years and seven completed novels, but, thanks to YouWriteOn, I have just signed a two book deal with Orion!” Katherine Webb, The Legacy, a Channel Four TV BookClub Winner & Amazon bestseller.
"Youwriteon.com, for example, I just stumbled on when I hadn't a clue about where to go next with the book. They gave me the breakthrough and taught me how to take criticism. It's as if a switch has been flipped. I know that I'll write from now on .." Douglas Jackson, author of Caligula, achieved a six-figure book deal with Random House after developing his novel on youwriteon.com
"Thanks to youwriteon, which helped me completely re-jig the start and make it much stronger. I have thanked you and all the YouWriteOn members in the acknowledgements section of my novel." Michael Logan, author of Terry Pratchett First Novel Award Winner Apocalypse Cow
'“If you want to get published, your first draft is just one step in the process; the next is getting feedback and really listening it. I found YouWriteOn to be the best critique website and I improved the opening chapters of my novel substantially based on the reviews I received. YouWriteOn helped me get published, no question.” Graeme Shimmin, author of A Kill in the Morning, 2013 YWO Book of Year Winner, published by Transworld, publisher of authors such as Dan Brown.
"I am delighted to tell you that I have today received a contract for a two book deal. My agent found The Apothecary's Daughter on the YouWriteOn website, has negotiated the contract with Piatkus/Little Brown. This is the realisation of a dream for me and I will always be grateful to YouWriteOn and its members, not only for the valuable feedback but for the opportunity to allow my work to be discovered. Thank you to everyone who helped me to improve my writing." Charlotte Betts, now published by Twilight series publisher Little Brown.
As part of an interview I talked about critique groups and I expounded at length on YouWriteOn and how the site benefitted me. As you’ll see from the book acknowledgements, YouWriteOn was a key part of its genesis.” Bob Burke, author of The Third Pig Detective Agency, published by Harper Collins, and a winner of the Eilis Dillon / Bisto Award, a prestigious award for Irish authors which has recognised authors such as Eoin Colfer and John Boyne.
Further YouWriteOn member feedback:
From member Fleur Ferris who has signed with Literary Agent Tara Wynne of Curtis Brown Australia: -
“The confidence I gained from blogging lead to me wanting feedback on my novels. I joined a website called youwriteon.com. It’s a site where authors can exchange reviews on their opening chapters. Your work is rated and placed in a chart so you can see where you fit in the YWO talent pool ..”
"The review process on YouWriteOn has been extremely valuable. In the case of Trobairitz, my first upload was well received but I hadn’t got the structure right. My second upload first won a mini-critique from Ruth at Random House, and it was her comments that brought home to me exactly where I needed to put in some extra work. I addressed those issues and then received a lovely full-length critique from Clare. In addition, reviewing other people’s work on YouWriteOn has helped me enormously. It encourages you to stand back from your own work and see it as others do."
"May I thank you in advance for a suitably quick response, and a fantastic website" Member byro
"I have signed a 3 book deal with Poolbeg Press in Ireland. The first book is called Who is Alice and I put two chapters of it up on this site to be reviewed. I found the reviews very helpful and encouraging. I would like to thank all who reviewed it. It will be published in December or January and will be available from Poolbeg Press and on Amazon. Poolbeg are the publishers who first published Maeve Binchy, Patricia Scanlon, Marion Keyes, Cathy Kelly and Melissa Hill so I am in good company. I hope this encourages other members of youwriteon." Member9859529
"I also wanted to say how much I love the site - the way it works is brilliant and the quality of writing in almost all the chapters I’ve reviewed recently has been really good. I’m enjoying it very much and have encouraged writing friends to join." Member Carly
"The site has been incredibly useful for me and I’m very grateful." Memberkazmojazz
"Thanks for taking the time to reply. It’s a great site and I find it very useful." MemberHMcK
"this really is a very clever concept and I am so impressed (so far!) by the quality of writers and reviewers that have signed up to be part of this. Great job YouWriteOn team, thank you!" Member Melissa Kay
"I would like to say that I found the You Write On site invaluable in helping me hone the opening, and I learned a lot." Member Thorne
"Would you please tell Melissa that that "Angels & Felons" (renamed from "Crooks & Saints") is no 21 on the Amazon New Release Best Seller List and no 1 on the Amazon New Release Mystery Thriller & Suspence List!"
“I really appreciate all the feedback I’ve received on YWO. What a fantastic site this is with thoughtful, generous people on it. It confirms my theory that writers are the most interesting people.” User rosyjane
I love the website and wish I’d discovered it long ago. I’m finding the reviews for my story very helpful - even the critical ones. In fact, they’re probably the most helpful as they are clear with what needs changing and I’m truly grateful for that. I have read some of the work the reviewers are producing and have found most to be excellent and will try to improve to their standards. Most of the reviews I have earned my credits for have also been of an equal standard, too. The bar is set high….. Lol!” Member artywriter
"Can I just congratulate you on running such a great site. The reviews I’ve had have improved my work and given me the confidence to try and get an agent." Member robgriffith
"I just wanted to take this opportunity to say how much I have learned since using youwriteon website … I think it’s brilliant!" Member urbanhalo
"the site has proved a real benefit for me in improving my work" Member Paulb
"I’ve received some amazing feedback from so many wonderful people. Only three were unpleasant, one deliberately so, but that was a reflection of their personality not my work, yet even from them I gained wisdom and insight about my story," Member Janine
"I have read some of the work the reviewers are producing and have found most to be excellent and will try to improve to their standards. Most of the reviews I have earned my credits for have also been of an equal standard, too. The bar is set While I am writing to you may I say how grateful I am for the help youwriteon and has given me" Member richardd
"I’ve definitely learnt to read some reviews with a philosophical shrug.
:-) Other reviewers have obvioulsy taken the time and know what they’re
talking about, which is brilliant. They’ve shown me where I can make improvements. For those amazing gems and the wonderful, painfree writing and publishing experience, I will continue with YWO in the future.” Member Lucy
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Peter Stokes, author of ‘No Ordinary Life’ which reached the Amazon top ten.
"FeedARead never ceases to amaze and surprise me with its total professional approach and yet one-to-one attention to detail, always being there when I need them most ... very professional, always ... very supportive ...”
Janine Harrington, author of Betrayed and founder of the charity LIFELINE.
"The book's just arrived and I'm very pleased - I was made aware of FeedARead via the Writers' Guild - I'm very glad about that. It's a really professional job."
Kevin McCann, author of It’s Gone Dark.
"Dear Team, I have received my author copy of the above book and it looks fantastic." J E Christer, author of Ellie.
"I have checked and approved my book..."HOMEWARD BOUND" .. My sincere thanks for a wonderful service and beautiful Publication." Sue Martin, author of Homeward Bound.
"FeedARead certainly provide a high quality product. The glossy cover is crisp and professional. The binding is solid and durable. The paper is thick and luxuriant. Most importantly, the text is clear and easy to read. My camera isn’t good enough to show quite how sharp the printing really is, but this should give you the general idea. View Author's Blog 27th July 2012 entry In short, FeedARead have produced something that rivals any commercial paperback. I am pleased – as I hope you will be, gentle reader, should you find space on your bookshelf for a copy." J.D.G. Leaver, author of IUMENTUM.
"I have received the new version of Pool Of Deceit. It looks great! Thank you to you - and the FeedaRead team for all of your efforts in helping create the finished product. Please can you go ahead and make the new version available on Amazon, FeedaRead etc. etc. Many, many thanks.”
John Kemp, author of Pool Of Deceit.
“This is my email to tell you that I approve of my proof copy of "Seesaw". Please go ahead with the distribution. I am delighted by how quickly the proof copy was printed and how rapidly it made it to me doorstep. Also, I am very impressed with the level of customer service.”
Rosen Trevithick, author of Seesaw.
“The team have been supportive, professional and assisted a total novice into a world of achieving my aim. My first book is now published and is being ordered, read, and enjoyed. The comments I have received are that the people are amazed at the quality of the book and are delighted with the ease of the ordering process and the speed of delivery. Thank you feedaread for all your help to date. I have achieved more than I had ever thought was possible."
Chris Jackson, author of Brighter than a star.
"I have just received my book, 'Alexine and Simon' through the post and have to say I am delighted with the work done by FeedARead. Thank you so much for your help patience and understanding during the time I was putting my book together." Andrea Humphrey, author of Alexine and Simon.
"I must say that the feedback i have had so far from purchasers as to the service they have received is absolutely first rate. I cannot thank you guys enough for all your help and support. Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!!!!!"
Steve Venables, author of IRONBARK.
Thanks for the first copy of my book "Searching for Omar" which I am really pleased with and the cover from one of your templates is really appropriate. You've done a super job!”
Anna Lawrence, author of Searching for Omar
“Just to let you know the first copy of my book "The Rainbow Serpent" arrived today. I am more than pleased with the quality.”
Harry Dodgson, author of The Rainbow Serpent.
“The self-publication process at FeedARead is simplicity itself. Given a clean Word file, cover design and text, it can take less than an hour to compile an attractive paperback. What's more it's free and the product is superb. The printed book quality is consistent with any best-seller offered at bookshops. Technical support and professional assistance from FeedARead is responsive, helpful and very professional. This is self-publishing at its best.”
Geoffrey Mann - Author of In Pieces.
“Hi team, I have just received my books and they awesome. Even better than I expected. Thanks for doing a great job.”
Arthur Ivor Jones, author of Bear Mountain and The Asian Connection
“Thanks for the latest and final version of Block. It is perfect. I would now like to approve it for bookseller distribution.”
D. D. Ruby, author of Block.
“Thanks for the message - I've checked it out on the site and hit the 'Go' button!
It looks great to me! Oh, and thanks so much for doing such a sterling job, too. The upload process is a complete doddle, and I'm in the middle-of-nowhere with a tiny download speed. Thanks a hell of a lot for doing such a great job!”
Paul A. Rice, author of Tears in Tripoli
“I have received my copies of Madame Liberté and am very pleased with the quality.”
Audrey Reimann, author of Madame Liberté.
“I am really impressed with FeedARead - the service has been excellent and can I see that my book is on Amazon already.” Ruth Mancini, author of Swimming Upstream
“A big thank you for processing my order so rapidly. The books ordered on the 26th arrived an hour ago [which is a really rapid turn around for an order]. Many thanks again.”
Sue Jenkins, author of The Kookaburra Bird.
“I have received the first copy for checking and love the print quality.”
Linn B Halton, author of Being A Sceptic Is Oh So Easy
“Thank you for a great job on the book.”
Stuart Peirara, author of South Atlantic Soldier
“En masse the books look great - and individually. Anyway, this is to say a hearty THANK YOU to you and all the team at FAR, especially for your patience with the second version. I am delighted to receive my book, and I love the cover design.”
M M Lee, author of As Time Passes
“From sending my manuscript to receiving my book for approval the feedaread team guided me through every part of the process finishing with a highly professional book in which I am elated with. Big thanks to all the feedaread team.”
Michael A Jarvis, author of Keys to the Past
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you guys for the job you've done with my book.”
Joseph Emoyon, author of Across the Sahara
“My author copies of Strictly Shagging arrived yesterday and once again, I am thrilled with them. Please proceed with distribution.”
Robyn Millar, author of Strictly Shagging.
“I have just received the first copy of my book, and I am very happy with it. The print and paper quality, binding and cover colour and quality all look great to me! I couldn't wish for better. Thank you so much for your part in this - you and the printers have done a great job.”
Joy Kenward, author of Archibald Fly: The Thegn's Daughter
“You published two of my books ('Loose Cannon' and 'Rude Awakening') about 12 months ago, and you were very helpful and efficient. I now have another book ready to publish.”
Ian Okell, author of Charlie Chaplin’s Uncle.
“As soon as the interior checks out - I'll publish. I appreciate the speed and quality of your responses.”
Mac Logan, author of The Angel’s Share.
“I'm really impressed with the service you provide.”
Nicola Juncar, author of The Legend of Thornton Wood
“Hoping to keep all things consistent with the original, since you guys did such a great job of the cover.”
Shereen Pandit, author of A Burnt Child
“My word! What fun it is to be author, artist, and salesperson... and all rolled into one, thanks to FeedaRead publishing, whose website is friendly and whose skills are legendary.”
John Muir, author of Where The Bee Stings
“Copies of 'pre-1st edition' of Postcards arrived Dec 8. It's good to have hard copy in proper paperback book form to see how it looks and feels. Generally, very pleased but will make a few changes for proper 1st edition. Plan to have this sorted and back in FeedARead hands by Christmas. I think ReadAFeed is a cool way of getting something out there relatively simply and cheaply and will be interested in whether it works for me as a marketing vehicle.”
George Adams, author of Postcards
“I have received my copy of Love Gone Wrong ... WOW!! It looks absolutely fabulous!!”
Melissa J Grom, author of Love Gone Wrong.
“FAB FAB FAB Your publishing groove will inspire new writers to just do it . Many many thanks :)”
Saira Viola, author of Fast Food and Gin on the Lawn
“Dear FeedARead team,
Thank you for sending a copy of ‘The Broken Boots Guide to Astlavonia’ which I received on the 21st of December. It looks great. I am very happy with the quality.”
Nathan Braund, author of The Broken Boots Guide to Astlavonia’
“I must say my book looks absolutely amazing I can't thank you all enough.”
James Oldman, author of Superhighway.
"The books, Seal of Confession have arrived and they are of excellent quality." John Brownridge, author of Seal of Confession.
"What a wonderful job you did on my book." Barry James, The Fight For The West
"Thank you for your help which has so far been excellent." Mike Shields, author of By Degrees.
"Just received my copy today, I am highly delighted with the overall appearance of the book. The cover looks fab!" Angela Lambourne, author of A Safe Haven.
"I have just received my books .. You guys have done a really amazing job. I have read many thousands of books over the years but the quality of the print and binding of this book is outstanding." Roneel Kumar, author of The Heir of the Cursed Kingdom
"I've received and checked my proof copy of Life : A Player's Guide. It looks just the way I wanted it! Thanks very much for your hard work and for answering all my questions." Jan Stone, author of Life : A Player's Guide
“Thanks for a seamless service - it has been a much better experience for me publishing with FeedARead.” Sue Cross, author of Tea at Sam's
“I have put a couple of my friends onto FeedARead. Think it;s brilliant.” Jackie Amor, author of Hannah's Home.
“Keep up the good work - I've recommended Feedaread to everybody and I know of 3 authors who will definitely be joining your ship.” Victoria Tweed, author of Morgan and the Martians
“I have received a paperback copy of my book Geek! Poems Because of the Music and I approve it for distribution. The quality, layout and presentation are all superb.” Joe Cushnan, author of Geek! Music Poems
“I've received and checked a printed copy of CHARISMA and I'm really pleased with it. Thank you very much for this great service. The quality of the printing is excellent and the whole process is straightforward and easy to follow." Deb Thompson, author of Charisma.
"I wanted to approve the copy paperback for my novel EggHead and I was considerably impressed with the quality of the paperback." Lawrence Estrey, author of EggHead
"I picked up the copies yesterday and must say again how impressed I am with the quality of the book cover and interior. I have changed my preferences so that the book can be purchased through FAR." Richard M Cavillon , author of The Crusader's Arms
"Huge thanks once again for a superb product! I have received my copy of Angel Breaths and am thrilled with it! As with all the others I love the colour of the creme pages and I am pleased with how the cover has come out." Sherrie Lowe, author of Angel Breaths
“.. the books look absolutely fabulous, even better than I expected, Thank You so much..” Solomon Strange, author of The Ebethusa
“The book is amazing quality, very well designed and printed..” Joe Cushnan, author of Belfast Backlash
“Just wanted to say that I received my copy of ANGEL HEART in the post and am really impressed with the way it looks .. top quality in appearance. Thanks to the team at feedaread for all the work they put in! :)” A L Bell, author of Angel Heart.
“I did another 'poetry' day in a school today and sold a load of books - would never have been possible without FAR so thanks!” Paul Delaney, author of I'm fed up!
“I have just had a book published with FeedARead called "little Timmy's travels" and I have ordered and received my first authors copy and I am well pleased with it as it looks very impressive, indeed to be honest I am over the moon with the result.” John Leneghan , author of little Timmy's travels.
“I received my copy of Jason Willow 2 today and I am thrilled with it. Thank you for running such an efficient and high quality system ..” G C Mottram, author of Jason Willow 2.
"I am T.M Patel the author of The Immigrant: Stargazer book, based on a true story. Feedaread has helped me a lot. They've worked with me since November 2012. They've been patient with me, and offered support on a lot more than just publishing. They've even taken care of me after the publishing process. They have adviced me well and I am glad to have the opportunity to do my dreams via them. It feels great to get my book published and I thank them so much. I still keep saying thank you that I've found them :-)
I wish you the best Feedaread (To you and the team)
Great Job! Keep it up." T.M Patel, author of The Immigrant: Stargazer.
“Thanks for your patience with the different fonts etc. I’m thrilled with the quality of the paperback. It looks utterly professional. And the formatting has, in the end, worked out a treat. Brilliant quality printing!” Alex Martin, author of Daffodils.
“Many thanks for another splendid job on the French version of Behind The Blue Shutters.” Brian Doswell, author of Behind the Blue Shutters.
“I have received my print edition of 'Life After 6 Tequilas'. The cover is perfect.” Gina Rossi, author of Life After 6 Tequilas.
“Thank you so much for publishing my book.. Paradiso Migrant. High Quality, Quick and professional. Thanks again.” Zaza Dentu, author of Paradiso Migrant.
"A Question of Duty', I have a ready completed cover, both front and back, for my next book - 'Worth Their Colours' . Could you once again be helpful and use it for "Worth Their Colours'? Without wishing to flatter, that for 'A Question of Duty' was excellent”
“I recently published a book with Feedaread - Cicadas in Summer, by Sara Delaval (pen name), and now I am publishing it as an ebook through Smashwords. My query is whether or not I can use the cover (a Feedaread design which I love!)”
Hi Team I am delighted with your wonderful service! I have just submitted my second book to you RURAL CUT Lyn Ferrand author of Pretending.
“My book arrived this morning and although I have had books published with you before I was astounded just how good and professional the work you have done on it for me is outstanding. I could not have got better all round service anywhere else and I am sorry to say thank you does not seem to cover just how pleased I am; but thank you so much.“ Eleanor D Fennell, author of Now I Understand.
”Medley has just arrived and i am very pleased with the new cover.” Author Corinne Vandewalle
”Just to keep you updated on my book - I have read the final proof copy - it’s fantastic and the cover is excellent, thank you!” John Priest, Author of The Curse of Sea Shell Cave
”May I take this opportunity to express my delight, and compliment you and your printer on the excellent quality of the finished product that is my most recent book Stonehenge; very many thanks for a beautiful creation.”
”Just received my copy of my latest book Better or Dead. Absolutely thrilled with it! As always from you a superb end product. Excellent quality. There is nothing more satisfying than holding your book in your hand after months of hard work.
Thank you so much!”
“Thank you – fantastic service from you! I’ve recommended you to lots of friends and contacts” Jean Smalley, author of The House with a View