Intensive Manuscript Assessment
So, you’ve finished that first draft or your book? Congratulations! That’s awesome. Not everyone finishes their writing projects, so take a bow.
You’re one of those rare people who has gone from ‘I’m gunna write a book one day’ to someone who actually has. That really deserves celebrating.
But how do you know what to do next? Or even (gasp!) if it’s any good?
- ask your family and friends to read it (not the best idea)
- join a writing group (better idea)
- book a Manuscript Assessment and get feedback from an industry professional (best idea of the lot).
When you book a manuscript assessment with me, you’ll be able to take your rough diamond of a first draft, highlight its sparkle and maybe even set it in gold!
How it works
An Intensive Manuscript Assessment is a detailed analysis of up to 10,000 words of your work in progress.
When you book an Intensive Manuscript Assessment, you will discover:
- the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript
- its marketability and readability
- who the potential readership might be.
You’ll also receive a copy edit of the first chapter so you can identify any specific grammar or style issues … and my suggestions on how to fix them.
When you’ve finished your manuscript and don’t know what to do next, an Intensive Assessment is the perfect next step. Have an industry professional assess your work and guide you through making a good draft great.
Why have my work assessed, anyway?
You’ve spent time, passion, and sometimes anguish, to create your manuscript. And sometimes, you’re so close to your work that you need another set of eyes to read it. But asking your partner or best friend isn’t the solution.
You need your manuscript assessed by an industry professional – that’s me.
What do I get for my money?
I read the first 10,000 words of your manuscript and write a detailed and thorough report. This report answers your specific questions and includes an analysis of the areas of the manuscript that have the greatest need for improvement. I always give specific examples and offer possible alternatives on how to approach making these changes.
I never use templates or simply tick boxes in my reports.
All my report are around 1,200 words long and can be above 2,000, depending on the individual manuscript. If you’ve looked at other manuscript assessors’ services, you’ll know this is much more than they offer.
Why only the first 10,000 words?
Every writer has their own little writing ‘ticks’ or ‘blind spots’ – things they’re doing that they don’t realise are wrong or things that just sound clunky. And I can guarantee that if you’re including these writing ‘ticks’ on page 1, you’re almost certainly making the same mistake on page 101.
By only looking at the first 10,000 words, I can give very detailed feedback and outline what specific problems are. It also means I can indicate, using Track Changes, where these issues occur and give you a detailed explanation or set of options on how to fix them…
…all of which are very handy ways for you to improve your craft.
Want to go on the wait list?