Manuscript critique

Now you’ve completed your novel, before you embark on a copy-edit you want to be sure that the big-picture elements work successfully. Is your plot plausible and compelling? Are your characters believable? Does your story drag at times and zip by too fast at others? Will your readers feel satisfied by the ending?

I’ll write you an unbiased and honest assessment of your manuscript which will offer constructive feedback on your book’s strengths and weaknesses, and provide some suggestions for development and improvement. I’ll also address any specific concerns you may have.

 

‘Nicky has written three editorial reports for Betterwrite Literary Consultants and all have been excellent: penetrating, comprehensive and judicious. In the field of fiction she clearly has a high level of professional ability as a development editor. She is also co-operative and reliable, and good to work with. I would recommend her without hesitation.’

Rob Matthews, SfEP Advanced Professional Member & Director of Betterwrite.com, Literary Consultants

 

In your report I’ll consider issues such as:

  • theme, audience and structure
  • plot
  • characterization
  • point of view
  • tension, pace and narrative shape
  • opening and closing chapters
  • timelines and settings
  • scene and summary
  • dialogue
  • voice and tone
  • language and style

Critiques are priced at 349€ for a manuscript of 60–80,000 words, 399€ for 80–100,000 words, and 449€ for 100–120,000 words. Please contact me for word counts outside these ranges.

The report will usually consist of 8–15 pages which I’ll send to you as a PDF. Before I start working, I’ll send you a questionnaire which will provide you with the opportunity to tell me about your writing background, what your intentions are, and any particular concerns you may have, enabling me to best focus my feedback.

 

‘My draft second novel, Rodanthe’s Gift, is historical fiction based in Greece during Ottoman oppression. As a sequel to Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa, it develops three characters I came to know and love, despite their flaws.

After working on the new story for over two years, self-doubt held me back from completion. Nicky used a questionnaire to understand my aims and concerns and then provided clear and logical analysis to underpin her constructive feedback with welcome suggestions for reworking. Thanks to Nicky’s objective appraisal I’ve gained confidence and motivation to continue.’

Yvonne Payne, author Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa

 

Payment

A deposit of 50% is required upon booking and the balance is due on completion. For other information, including cancellation, please ask for a copy of my terms and conditions.

I am registered in Spain as autónomo and, in accordance with Spanish law, my fees are inclusive of IVA (21%). I accept payment by bank transfer to my Spanish bank account.

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