have a draft and need some feedback on what’s working and what isn’t?
How an assessment can help you:
what you get
I’ll read your manuscript and write a constructive and detailed report focusing on big-picture elements such as your plot/structure, characters, world-building, your target market, and any writing craft areas you may be struggling with. This usually runs around ten to twelve pages, and includes some general examples from your manuscript.
I know how tough writing can be, so this will be as constructive and solution-focused as possible, with highlights on what works well, too, and steps you can take to improve during redrafts. Afterwards, you’re free to send me an email with any questions.
Please note there will be no in-manuscript comments, so you won’t get extensive chapter-by-chapter help. If that’s what you’re looking for, you may want to hire me for a full developmental edit instead.
What’s the difference between developmental editing and a manuscript assessment?
It can be confusing – I wrote an entire blog post on the topic!
The key difference between these two services is that a full developmental edit provides both an editorial report and in-manuscript notes, allowing you to get a chapter-by-chapter, more intensive service.
A manuscript assessment is a different form of developmental editing. It still covers the same big-picture areas, but you only get the editorial report – no in-manuscript guidance. There will still be some examples, but they’re generally lighter.