Cat Skinner

My name is Cat Skinner. I’m an indie author, a poet and a journal therapist. I’ve been reading voraciously since I was four years old, so I know a thing or two about good writing. My favorite genres include upmarket fiction, literary fiction, urban fantasy, magical realism, thriller/suspense, mystery, humor, creative non-fiction and self-help, but I’ll read anything with enthusiasm.

I founded Your Beta Reader five years ago, and am proud of the way our team has served both professional and aspiring authors alike. We take great joy in helping our clients take their manuscripts to the next level.

Nancy de Guerre

Hi there, I’m Nancy de Guerre, a lifelong lover of reading and writing. Over the years I’ve nurtured my passion for words in my work as an educator, administrator, and editor. In addition to my degree in English and French studies, I’ve honed my skills through Ryerson University’s editing program and dozens of creative writing classes. As owner of WORDwise Communications, I offer a variety of services, with a focus on copy and stylistic editing. I work with an educational publisher and on various academic projects, though what I love most is partnering with independent authors of both fiction and non-fiction. Clients comment on my excellent knowledge of grammar, eye for detail and ear for flow. At the forefront of my editing work is my deep respect for the author’s intention, voice and style. I’m a certified teacher and member of Editors Canada.

Luke Marty

Hello, my name is Luke Marty and I cannot wait to read your manuscript. I taught myself to read at the age of three and haven’t stopped since. I used to sneak into the school library to smuggle out books from the senior section because I’d already read everything in the junior section well before I was old enough to officially take the “older kids” books out. Currently I am a personal and creative coach, writer, performer, director, world-builder and all-around storyteller. I have a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Performance from a text-based conservatory program, I build and run worlds for role-playing games with an emphasis on characterisation and how that impacts the world order, and I have written/produced/directed/collaborated on and performed in well over a hundred books/plays/films/shows and more. I love stories of all kinds, and how they are constructed, but a few of my favourite genres are fantasy (of all kinds), literary fiction, thriller/horror (with a penchant for Lovecraftian-style tales), Science fiction, magical realism, speculative fiction, and period pieces.

I pride myself on being thorough and providing ample constructive feedback, and I look forward to working with you on your project with respect, enthusiasm, and creativity.

Alyx Ramos

My name is Alyx and I’m a writer and avid reader. I grew up and now live in the Midwest, though I’ve had a bit of a nomadic life the past ten years. In a former life, I was a pastry chef, and now I’m home with my three lovely children, two dogs, and varying amounts of fish. I enjoy all genres of books and love offering support when I can. Reading has been a part of my life since I was a child; my mother was an avid reader and she passed that love on to me. My favorite authors include Ruth Ware, Paul Tremblay, Eric Rickstad, Jodi Picoult, Karen Marie Moning, Mary Kubica, Christina Henry, Chelsea Cain, and Nevada Barr but I enjoy reading all genres. I’m happy to be part of the Your Beta Reader team helping other writers any way I can.

Zubia Abbasi

Zubia Abbasi is an MFA graduate from Western New England University. She loves to read, write, paint, collect coffee mugs and is a self-proclaimed geek. She’s worked as a writing tutor on her University campus for three years where she discovered her passion for helping others overcome their own writing troubles. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her family and dreams of one day making it big in the literary world.

Christina Yother

My name is Christina Yother. I am an indie author, avid reader, and unapologetic book sniffer. My love of books started when I opened the cover of my first Judy Blume book as a child. Over the years I’ve grown to love all genres, but have a strong passion for historical romance and am never disappointed in a happily ever after. My home is filled with more books than I can count, numerous lazy dogs, and a coffee pot that is never empty. With several degrees in education and a Ph.D in leisure studies, I will always believe that the stories we share and the books we read are proof that magic exists and what a lovely idea that we can hold that magic in our hands whenever we choose!