Manuscript Critique

This service provides a in-depth critique report on your novel manuscript, or on a shorter piece or partial manuscript. I will give detailed feedback on areas such as plot, structure, narrative voice and prose style, characterisation, setting and use of language. The aim of the service is to provide feedback that will help you get your work to a publishable standard. This is not an editing or a proof-reading service. I can’t do whatever work is needed on your novel for you, but I can suggest areas for improvement and highlight what is already working well.

Rough fees for manuscript critiques are shown below. These are guideline prices – I usually negotiate prices for specific critiques on a case by case basis:

Up to 3000 words (eg. synopses, opening chapters or short stories) – c.£60

From 3000 to 10,000 words (eg.short stories or partial manuscripts) – c.£125

From 10,000 to 50,000 words (novella or partial manuscripts) – c.£150-£300

From 50,000 to 110,000 words (usually a full manuscript) – c.£300-£500

If your manuscript is significantly longer than 100000 words, then I am very likely to advise you to consider whether the story can be shortened or the prose style tightened up. If you are absolutely sure that you can’t edit your 120,000 word epic, and would like a critique, please Contact Me to discuss a price.

Please do not send manuscripts without contacting me first. I try to only work on manuscripts where I feel I can offer genuine assistance to the author. I’m happy to look at work in most genres, but I specialise in commercial women’s fiction, accessible literary fiction, romance and comedy.

 

What’s the difference between an edit and a manuscript appraisal?

There are obviously similarities, but there are key differences. A manuscript appraisal is a developmental document, intended to help you develop your novel further and also to help you develop as a writer. An edit is focused on one single issue – getting a manuscript publication-ready.

Which do you need?

I would suggest that if this is your first novel and you’ve not had any professional input so far, then a manuscript appraisal would be more appropriate.

Beyond that, think about what sort of publication you are aiming for. If you are intending to self-publish your novel then I would advise you consider paying for professional editing services. The editing process is the last step in getting your manuscript ready for publication, so think about whether you would like to share it with beta readers or revise it yourself before you pay for editorial input.

If you are intending to submit your novel to agents or traditional publishers then your agent and editor are both likely to offer editorial advice, and the cost of editing your novel should fall to your publisher. If you feel you need an outside pair of eyes on your novel, and advice on how you could develop it further, before submitting to agents or publishers, then a manuscript appraisal would be more appropriate for you.

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