Editorial Assessment & Manuscript Appraisal

Objective insights and problem-solving to get your manuscript publish-ready

You’ve finished your book and now you want to take the next step towards publishing.  So that means getting your book edited, right?

On the contrary, editing is probably going to be your biggest expense if you are self-publishing, so you want to make sure that your book is ready for this investment. In most cases, what you need before editing is objective feedback on your work that evaluates its strengths and weaknesses and assesses its readiness for publishing.

If you haven’t yet finished your manuscript, an appraisal and feedback (also known as an editorial assessment) can be a great way to get professional help on solving any challenges you have and helping you chart a path to completion.

A detailed feedback report (editorial assessment)

With the appraisal and feedback you get a written report of the book’s strengths and areas for improvement. I look at all the factors necessary for success.

In fiction, I look at things like plotting and premise, structure and pace, dialogue, showing vs telling, voice, and starting strong with memorable opening lines. I’ll share insights from my book Write Masterful Fiction to help you take your writing to the next level.

For nonfiction, I look at whether your argument comes across clearly and if you are successfully making the point you wish to make. I will look at aspects such as style, expression, logical flow, and chapter organisation. I will also check to see whether you are addressing the needs of your intended audience.

You get:

  • written report of 5 to 12 pages identifying what works really well and what needs further clarification or development. .
  • A worksheet with guided steps to help you work through any problem areas with structure or plot.
  • Specific input on any questions you have about the text or problems you haven’t been able to solve.
  • Email follow-up to answer your questions and review new ideas.

Apart from the technical observations, what you are likely to find most valuable is that your book has had its first reader and you are no longer working alone, trying to solve everything yourself. The appraisal and feedback is like an author coaching session where you are offered reflection, affirmation and some constructive challenge to take things to a more powerful level.

Pricing is based on whether you choose a full manuscript review or just the opening chapters. 

An investment in your talent

Professional feedback should not be seen as an expense – it is an investment in your growth as an author. If you haven’t had professional author coaching or feedback yet then now is certainly the time. Nobody makes it big in any endeavour without professional support. Even recognised authors get feedback and requests for rewrites from their publishers (Find more book coaching options here).

Finishing your book is only phase 1 of the journey. The next phase starts now.

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