So you’ve written a book, but you’re not sure what’s next. First, congratulations on finishing your manuscript! That’s a huge achievement. Before you’re ready to submit your manuscript to a traditional publisher or embark on self-publishing, a manuscript assessment could be just what you need. It usually takes place before editing and is designed to support the development of your manuscript.
A manuscript assessment will give you constructive feedback on your draft and provide direction on the next steps to progress your writing project. You’ll get personalised insights to help you take your writing further and advice on the editing process.
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Manuscript assessment Q&A
Q: How much does a manuscript assessment cost?
A: I offer a fixed fee for each assessment tailored to your needs and your manuscript. Prices start at $500 (excluding GST). If you would like a quote, please contact me via this form or by email.
Q: How long does a manuscript assessment take?
A: Depending on the length of your manuscript and its stage of development, a manuscript assessment can take anywhere between three and six weeks. I will discuss the timeframe with you and keep you informed as the assessment progresses.
Q: What sort of manuscripts do you assess?
A: I can assess both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. I have experience across genres, but have a particular interest in history, memoir, general fiction, mystery and food writing.
Q: What does a manuscript assessment involve?
A: The assessment process involves reading and analysing your manuscript thoroughly to identify strengths and opportunities for development.
First, we would set up a time to talk about your manuscript, your publishing plans and any particular areas you would like specific feedback on during the assessment. This might take 30 minutes (usually by phone). Then I will generally read the whole manuscript from end to end before going through it again to look at specific issues and chapters.
You’ll get a written report addressing topics such as character development, world-building, dialogue, plot, point of view and overall structure. You’ll also get feedback on your writing in terms of what’s working and where you might consider changing things.
I aim to provide encouraging feedback that balances highlighting what you’re doing well with giving practical insights to help you take your writing further. I usually include examples from your manuscript to illustrate improvements. Once you’ve read my report, I’m happy to organise a meeting (usually by phone) to go through any aspects you’d like to discuss.
Q: Will you mark up or comment on my manuscript?
A: As this is an assessment only, you won’t get a marked up (edited) copy of your manuscript. You will receive a detailed report, which usually includes examples from your manuscript. Using page numbers in your manuscript makes it easier to pinpoint examples for you.
Q: If you assess my manuscript can you also edit it for me?
A: After an assessment, it is common for authors to prepare a further draft before proceeding to editing. When your manuscript is ready for editing, subject to my availability, I can generally provide developmental editing and copyediting. If you think you might be interested in having your book edited as well, I encourage you to discuss this with me during your manuscript assessment.