First Chapter Critique

Posted by Kristen House on June 21, 2015 at 1:40 PM

My first chapter critique service offers nearly all the services as a full manuscript critique, while only looking at the most important part of your book: the first chapter. This service can be applied to up to the first 4,000 words of your manuscript and includes an evaluation report (generally about 5 pages long) in which I evaluate and detail issues in your first chapter's conflict, plot development, pacing, point of view/perspective, and character development.

I also address any issues I see in the first five pages, and in a section titled Turning the Page, I explain (based on the current state of the first chapter) if the reader is interested enough to continue on to Chapter 2.

In the first chapter 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 first chapter critique process, I do not do any editing or ghostwriting of any kind.

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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