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Manuscript Evaluation


The manuscript evaluation is a 7–10 page review of your book.

It is the ideal place to begin your journey to publication. It will provide valuable feedback and a clear understanding of your next steps.

I encourage writers to provide a list of specific questions they want to be answered within my feedback. Examples: Did the story confuse you at any point? Is my main character likeable?

I will write to you at length about the following:

  • inconsistencies in the narrative

  • parts that are beautiful, effective, and/or emotionally resonate with me as the reader

  • whether the story holds my attention throughout

  • whether the dialogue feels natural and if each character has a distinct voice and style of speaking

  • my opinion on each character

    • Are they likeable?

    • Do I care about following their journey?

    • Are their motivations clear and understandable?

    • Are they a true to life, fully developed, and believable character?

  • the balance between dialogue, description, and action

  • narrative tension

  • suggestions for parts to remove, shorten, or expand upon

  • plot holes

  • pacing

  • the story's ending

    • Is the ending predictable or surprising?

    • Does it fulfill my expectations as a reader?

    • Does it leave the reader wanting more?

    • Does it provide closure to the story?

  • recommendations for editing services

Specifically non-fiction areas of assessment:

  • coherent organization of topics and subtopics into chapters, sections, and paragraphs

  • missing topics

  • logical development of ideas for readers' comprehension

  • whether the writing's tone and formality is appropriate for its purpose and audience

  • the author's credibility as a source for this information (experience, education, and/or research)

  • proper citations

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