What is a manuscript review?

One of the services I offer is manuscript reviewing, but what exactly is that?

A manuscript review consists of 3-4 pages of written feedback about your book, covering elements like plot, pacing, characterisation, structure, style, and so on. For example, the manuscript review will tell you if your story has a great opening and an exciting climax but drags a bit in the middle, and it will give suggestions for how to improve this. Similarly, if a character starts out as adventurous and daring but comes across uncharacteristically cautious in Chapter 14, the manuscript review will let you know. It’s a great way to get a general overview of how your book works as a whole and where it can be improved.

Who can benefit from a manuscript review?

This service is great if you have finished what you are writing and need some high-level feedback. Getting a manuscript review should be the first stage of your editing process, as it will allow you to make changes and go through rewrites before you get down to the nitty gritty of copy-editing and proofreading. This is also quite an affordable service, so it’s great if you don’t have a huge budget for producing your book.

What’s writing a manuscript review like?

I have to say, this is one of my favourite jobs. For a day or two I get to immerse myself entirely in your book, read it cover to cover, and hopefully write down a critique that will help you make your work even better. Helping writers to tighten their writing in this way is extremely satisfying!

If you have a manuscript that could do with some feedback, feel free to get in touch.

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