Manuscript Appraisal

 What Is a Manuscript Appraisal?

This is a great option if you're a little stuck with your novel and just want a professional opinion on your next steps, or which level of editing your manuscript is ready for. 

It's a relatively inexpensive way to get some editorial feedback and pointers, or to help you resolve any difficulties you're having with misbehaving characters or plot holes.

What you get:

  • A written summary of my assessment, including thoughts on your characters, plot, narrative choices, worldbuilding and prose style. I will highlight your manuscript's strengths and the things I particularly loved, as well as any weaknesses.
  • Detailed recommendations for your next steps, which could be anything from revisiting certain elements of the story (such as worldbuilding, magic systems or character relationships), restructuring sections (maybe opening the story elsewhere or changing the sequence of specific plot points), or working on your narrative and prose style (perhaps for consistency of perspective, voice, or imagery).

Ready to get started?

Get in touch so we can chat about your project.

I'm happy to offer a sample critique (comments on up to 1,000 words), so you can can get a feel for my editing style and make sure we're a good fit.

If your manuscript isn't at a stage where a this would be helpful, I'm happy to swap this out for a free consultation instead, so we can spend half an hour chatting about your story and the editing process. This could be either a voice or video call, or we can chat via instant messaging if that's more suitable.