Manuscript Appraisal

What is a Manuscript Appraisal?

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A manuscript appraisal, also called a manuscript critique or assessment, provides you with an expert opinion on your manuscript.

Why do you need a Manuscript Appraisal?

As an author, you will feel a tremendous sense of achievement when you finish writing your book. Congratulations!

After having been so closely involved with your book and your subject, however, you can no longer see the wood for the trees. What you need is a second pair of eyes, an expert, who will review your manuscript and point out what your readers will notice but what you may have overlooked.

After receiving an unbiased assessment of your manuscript, you will be closer to producing a polished final draft that you will feel confident about submitting to publishers or agents, or self-publishing as an e-book or print book.

A Manuscript Appraisal is a Good Investment

A manuscript appraisal is a worthwhile investment, especially for previously unpublished writers. Writers tend to repeat the same types of errors throughout their manuscript. For example, not having a clear plot or storyline, not following a narrative arc, insufficient character development, narrative-heavy writing, overusing adjectives or using unnecessary adverbs…. Having these issues pointed out to you in a manuscript appraisal will help you refine and possibly redraft your manuscript. When you are ready to have your manuscript professionally edited and you commission me to edit it, I will make an allowance in the overall price of the edit.

How do I benefit from a Manuscript Appraisal and what do I get?

When I do an appraisal on your manuscript, I prepare a comprehensive report of around  5–10 pages. The length depends on the word count of your manuscript, and the number of points that need to be raised. The report points out the strengths of your manuscript and suggestions for improvement, and may include consideration of the commercial potential of the manuscript. You receive back your commented manuscript, and the appraisal report.

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Optional follow-up

After I return your commented manuscript and the appraisal report, you can opt for a follow-up 30-60-minute Skype/Zoom/phone review with me to cover specific questions you may have arising from the appraisal.

Who does the manuscript appraisal?

I am a professionally qualified Accredited Editor and journalist who has worked in the publishing industry. I have a trained eye for what constitutes good writing. I can give you an unbiased opinion about your manuscript that will lead you on the next step in the journey of your book.

Will the Manuscript Appraisal be subjective?

Some authors may think a manuscript appraisal is subjective and not valuable. It’s true that there’s bound to be an element of subjectivity, just as there will be when a publisher or literary agent peruses your book. However, any subjectivity is mitigated by my years of professional experience in the book editing and publishing sectors.

Will the Manuscript Appraiser criticise my book?

There is a huge difference between a critique and criticism. I give you a critique – an appraisal – of your work, not a criticism of it. My aim is to give you kind, constructive, sensitive feedback that will encourage and instruct you. I will point out the strengths of your manuscript, not just the areas that need attention; but I will not offer meaningless flattery, as this is not in your best interests. I understand that the journey to publishing is more often than not a challenging one, and aim to inspire you along your way.

What a Manuscript Appraisal cannot do

No matter how skilled an editor is or how many years they have been involved in the world of publishing, no one can or should make the claim that after an appraisal, your manuscript is guaranteed of being published. It would be unrealistic and false for a professional to make such a claim. However, by taking on board the suggestions given by a good manuscript appraisal, you are sure to learn from your mistakes and become a better, stronger writer, with a greater chance of succeeding in your goals.

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What is the turnaround time for a Manuscript Appraisal?

Generally within two weeks. The turnaround time depends on work in progress at the time, and the length of your manuscript. I will give you a definite delivery date upon booking in your appraisal.

How much does a Manuscript Appraisal cost?

A manuscript appraisal involves a signficant amount of work. Naturally, a full read of the manuscript is required, in addition to preparing the appraisal report. Please send me an email with the total word count of your manuscript to obtain a quotation. In your email, please also specify if you would like the follow-up personal review, as this incurs an additional fee.

Enquire here today about our manuscript appraisal service. The manuscript appraisal service includes a comprehensive editorial report.

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