The Manuscript Assessment
Your first draft is complete, now what?
Writing the first draft was the easy part: now you have a completed manuscript, but you’re not quite sure where to start when it comes to revising and perfecting it. Your family and friends have provided really useful feedback as your test readers, but while they’ve pointed out a few problems with the story, they can’t really give you any advice on how to fix them.
Focused on solutions, not just problems
Jenna, our in-house writing guru, is the beta reader of your dreams: she’ll not only provide you with smart, constructive feedback on the first draft of your novel, but also suggest practical and effective ways to enhance your storyline and characterization.
We’re not interested in simply telling you what’s wrong with your manuscript. We know the revision process can be lonely and difficult, and we want to make it as easy – and rewarding! – for you as we possibly can. That’s why our Manuscript Assessment will also identify your strengths as a writer and the highlights of your novel, and where there are problems, suggest how you can fix them (and fix them well!).
What you’ll get
The Manuscript Assessment takes the form of an evaluation that will provide detailed and constructive feedback on all aspects of your novel. After Jenna has thoroughly read and digested your manuscript, she will compile a detailed report that covers aspects like plot progression, characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, and setting. She’ll pinpoint any inconsistencies or weak points, and also identify just what makes your novel great.
Most importantly, she’ll give you solid suggestions and guidance on how to approach the revision process. The Manuscript Assessment is all about solutions – not just problems.
The Manuscript Assessment package includes:
- A detailed and comprehensive report (of a minimum of 10 pages) providing constructive feedback on your manuscript
- Actionable solutions and guidance for the revision process
- Our exclusive “cheat sheet” for independent authors with advice on the best way to successfully self-publish
- Weekly follow-up emails for two weeks afterwards
*up to 90,000 words
Tell me how to fix it!
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Why do I need to revise my first draft?
Revising and perfecting your manuscript can be even more difficult and time-consuming than writing the first draft. It’s an absolutely essential part of the novel-writing process, however: even the most prolific best-selling author can’t get it right on the first try. You’ve put so much time and effort into writing your book that you owe it to yourself – and your readers – to make sure that it’s the best it can be. It’s during the revision process that you will add the flesh to its bones, the magic and the nuances that will make it come to life and keep your reader entranced.
What are beta readers?
You’ll no doubt ask a few close friends or family members to read your manuscript and give you feedback. They are your “beta readers”: the privileged, trusted few who get to read your novel in its earliest form and provide you with feedback on what they loved about it, and what could use improvement.
Why do I need an assessment?
Beta readers are a vital cog in the novel-writing machine. Your friends and family members are a great place to start, but while they might be able to tell when something “just isn’t right”, they may not be able to give you a comprehensive explanation of what isn’t working and – most importantly – how to fix it. A Manuscript Assessment will focus on the most important aspects of your novel in a structured and organized way, and suggest the best approaches to revising and rewriting it. It will provide you with a blueprint for the revision process.
Who will be assessing my manuscript?
Your Manuscript Assessment will be completed by our Editorial Director, Jenna. She has a PhD in English Literature, and has helped dozens of authors to successfully complete and perfect their novels.
What happens after I’ve signed up?
We will be in touch shortly with a sample report and our on-boarding questionnaire, so that we can get a few vital bits of information from you: the length and title of your novel, its genre, and any specific problem areas on which you’d like Jenna to focus. Once you’ve sent that through, we’ll provide you with payment information and then we can book your slot on Jenna’s schedule.
What if my novel is longer than 90,000 words?
No problem! There will just be a small additional charge added to the standard package price. Please get in touch and we’ll tailor-make a package for you.
How long will it take?
Manuscript Assessments usually take about two weeks to complete. Once we’ve received your payment, we’ll be able to reserve your spot on Jenna’s schedule and let you know when to expect your report!
Will my manuscript be treated confidentially?
Absolutely. We understand that you might be nervous about sending your manuscript to us. Rest assured that we are professionals and will treat your work with the respect that it deserves: it belongs to you, and you alone. We will acknowledge your intellectual property rights, and never share your manuscript with anyone else without your knowledge and permission – ever.
How do the weekly follow-up emails work?
If you need clarification or a more detailed explanation of any of the points covered in your report, you are welcome to email Jenna. She will be on hand to reply once a week, on a pre-arranged day, for two weeks after completing your assessment.
What if I want more detailed feedback?
No problem! The Manuscript Assessment is pretty comprehensive, but if you want to go one step further and receive hands-on help throughout the entire revision process, please check out our Developmental Editing package.
How do you collect payment?
We collect payment securely via PayPal. All fees are quoted in US Dollars.