Editing can make your sentences beautiful, but it can’t fix a flawed story. When your novel has been alive in your head for so long you can’t see the woods for the trees, you need expert analysis and unbiased guidance.

A solid foundation

No amount of proofreading or copy-editing can fix a book if it is flawed at a deeper level. Great books have solid foundations: imaginative and focused stories, carefully structured plots, deeply crafted characters and well-paced scenes. When I write a manuscript critique (presented as an editorial letter, normally around 10-20 pages), I offer you an overall assessment of your novel, highlight any major issues and suggest ways you could improve your book.

An honest appraisal

A manuscript critique gives you a professional, honest insight into your novel – what works, what doesn’t and suggestions on how to improve it. Though I always treat your writing with sensitivity, I don’t hold back on the criticism (otherwise, what’s the point?). With my feedback, you’ll be able to develop your book and get a better idea of its suitability for publication. ‘But my mum loved it’ won’t cut it in the real world!

Improve your future books

Even the most accomplished writers know there is always more to learn. Every book poses new challenges and new opportunities to hone your craft. And every book is a learning opportunity. With a manuscript critique, you’ll not only learn how to improve your current book, but you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your personal writing process, and your knowledge and pitfalls, so you can apply what you learn to all your future novels.

Please note: Manuscript critiques are not suitable for completely new writers. I will expect you to have a basic understanding of narrative technique and the terminology used for literary analysis (e.g. ‘narrative arc’, ‘point of view’, ‘show vs tell’, etc.) If you’ve never taken a writing class, been part of a writing group or read a book on writing craft, this service is not for you.

Your feedback seems to really engage with the writing. I’ve had a lot of feedback by a lot of different people over the years, but the level of detail and empathy for the goals of the story that you have is remarkable … It’s one of the most useful critiques I’ve ever had. I’d recommend you to anyone looking to improve their work.
Angela Readman
It was great to get such a detailed critique. The criticisms rang true and were encapsulated in a way that made it easy for me to see the problems. Getting this feedback has really given me encouragement to fix the issues and make it a more professional and complete book.
Ben Ellis

Interested? Get in touch now, and let’s talk about your book.