Essentially, a manuscript critique is an evaluation of your book's strengths, weaknesses, and marketability. Depending on the Tier selected, we will read your manuscript and comment on elements like point of view, plot, character, voice, structure, pacing, themes, imagery, and more.
We work from a carefully cultivated checklist, making notes in a template we've designed to guide the feedback process. It includes notes on the elements mentioned above, with extra space for particular concerns or questions. Usually, this type of evaluation does not include mark up your manuscript. Instead, feedback comes in a formal, comprehensive editorial letter, and it can range anywhere from 1-5 pages. It’s basically an essay about your novel, designed to help you identify areas of improvement and to reinforce areas that shine.
We offer four tiers of manuscript evaluation services.
tier one: viability Review ($250)
Our most basic critique, and works well for most authors. We will review the first 10,000 words of your manuscript and up to 3,000 words of summary materials (such as a synopsis) and provide a 1-3 page written critique assessing the novel’s viability in the intended marketplace and whether the viability can be improved. The review will identify the story’s major strengths and weaknesses and offer broad brushstroke suggestions for improvement.
tier two: limited manuscript review ($400, up to 100k words)
A step up, this includes everything in Tier 1 as well as a comprehensive written critique that assesses the manuscript’s major weaknesses and suggests creative solutions that honor the author’s vision for the book. The review includes a one-hour phone consultation.
Tier three: FUll manuscript review ($1,000, up to 100k words)
Includes everything in Tier 2, expanded to assess lesser story weaknesses as well as specific recommendations. The review will include more specific and in-depth suggestions for content development, and an annotated (not edited) manuscript, with comments embedded. The review includes two one-hour phone consultations.
TIER FOUR: FULL REVIEW & COACHIng ($1,500, up to 100k words)
The full package! This option includes the services described in Tier 3 as well as a full developmental edit of your book. We will also serve as your consultants throughout the time of our work together in which the author may utilize to seek guidance (via phone and e-mail) as he/she revises the manuscript to his/her satisfaction for six months following the delivery of the review.