Manuscript Critique

Posted by Kristen House on June 21, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Many of my clients start with a manuscript critique, a process in which I read your entire manuscript to get a feel for the characters, setting, overall story arc, tone and quality of writing, or any problem spots. My manuscript critique includes an evaluation report (generally about 10 single-spaced pages long) in which I evaluate and detail problem spots, offer suggestions for improving the structure of the manuscript, and address any issues in character development, plot/subplots, voice and tone, writing quality, narrative style, and everything in between. In this report, I also offer suggestions and advice on how to (practically) market your book once published (based on real-world examples of what's worked for my past clients), explain the pros and cons on self-publishing or traditional publishing, and how to find your book’s target audience.

In the manuscript critique process, I write on the manuscript itself and address issues that I may have as a first-time reader (for example, pointing out something that is too vague, inconsistent, etc.). I also recommend next steps for your manuscript—if you should proceed with publishing your book, or if it needs proofreading, line editing, etc. In the manuscript critique process, I do not do any editing or ghostwriting of any kind. 

After the manuscript critique, your book will still need to undergo a couple rounds of actual editing (line editing and proofreading) before publishing, but getting the story’s big-picture elements right (in the manuscript critique process) is a critical part of a successful novel. If you’re interested in also getting your manuscript edited, consider one of my editing packages. The manuscript critique service is part of The Standard editing package.


Please read my guide for information on sample edits, editing packages, rush project options, and the scheduling process.


Questions? Ready to get on the schedule? Contact me!

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