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 uploading as an e-book.

A Manuscript Appraisal is a Good Investment

A manuscript appraisal is a worthwhile investment, especially for unpublished authors, and it can save you many $$$ on unnecessary editing. Authors tend to repeat the same types of errors throughout their manuscript. For example, using incorrect punctuation in dialogue, or repeating meaningless words, which add nothing to the storyline or thesis of the book, but are sure to rile a potential publisher! By pointing these errors out to you in a manuscript appraisal, you may be able to do some basic editing yourself and cut down on the time, and the cost, of an edit. When you are ready to have your manuscript professionally edited and you commission us to edit it, we 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 we do an appraisal on your manuscript, we write a comprehensive report of around  5–10 pages. This indicates the strengths of your manuscript and suggestions for improvement, and may include consideration of the commercial potential of the manuscript. For example, if your novel is narrative-heavy and would be improved by including more dialogue, we will point this out to you. If your writing tends to overuse adjectives when these do not enhance your story but make the reader feel bogged down, again, we will make appropriate suggestions.

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Who does the manuscript appraisal?

Our professionally qualified editors and writers have worked in the publishing industry and have a trained eye for what is good writing. They 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, our subjectivity is mitigated by our 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. We give you a critique – an appraisal – of your work, not a criticism of it. Our aim is to give you kind, constructive, sensitive feedback that will encourage and instruct you. We will point out the strengths of your manuscript, not just the areas that need attention; but we will not offer meaningless flattery, as this is not in your best interests. We understand that the journey to publishing is more often than not a challenging one, and we 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 will 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?

We can generally do your manuscript appraisal within two weeks. The turnaround time depends on work in progress at the time, and the length of your manuscript. We will give you a definite delivery date upon receiving your enquiry.

How much does a Manuscript Appraisal cost?

Due to the amount of work involved in doing a manuscript appraisal, I have recently reviewed the pricing structure. Please send me an email with the total word count of your manuscript to obtain a quotation.

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

To sign up for a MINI APPRAISAL on up to 2,000 words of your MANUSCRIPT for a small fee, go to our Contact Form and email us. You will receive the critique within 5 business days. If you then commission us to do a full appraisal, we will deduct the mini appraisal fee from your invoice.

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