Manuscript Evaluation

Professional & Objective Assessment Of Your Unpublished Manuscript

A manuscript evaluation is a valuable step in your professional editorial process that provides thorough analysis of your story’s strengths and weaknesses. I’ll identify and explain what’s is and isn’t working and provide you with suggestions for making further improvements to your manuscript, helping you reach your writing potential and move toward your publishing goals.

Analysis Included In A Manuscript Evaluation

Content

  • premise
  • plot
  • structure
  • characters
  • dialogue
  • setting
  • point of view
  • voice
  • believability
  • tone
  • use of literary devices

Writing

  • technical ability
  • editing required
  • style
  • reading level

Marketability

  • potential sales points
  • potential comparison titles

How It Works

1. Make Contact

When you’re ready for a manuscript evaluation, get in touch with me. Once you tell me a bit about your project and publishing intentions, I’ll be able to decide if we’re a good fit. If I think I’m the right editor to evaluate your work, I’ll provide details about price, how long the evaluation will take, and when I am available.

2. Book Me & Send Files

Once you agree to go forward with the evaluation, I’ll ask for a deposit and book you into my calendar. You’ll send me the full manuscript and any supplementary files by our agreed upon start date.

3. Evaluation

I’ll get to work. I’ll read your manuscript and take detailed notes, which I will then turn into a thorough report of your manuscripts strengths and weaknesses. When I finish, I’ll send you finished evaluation and the remaining invoice.

4. Follow Up

You are welcome to send me an email to ask any follow-up questions about my feedback or your manuscript. Just be sure to do so within a month, so your work is still fresh in my mind. Then you should have everything you need to revise your manuscript!

A mutual Twitter acquaintance led me to Emily, and I am thankful to have followed up on the lead. Emily’s replies to my emails were prompt and gave me a sense of confidence right away. I sent her a sample of my work and had feedback just a few days later. Through her initial comments, I could see her competence and desire to help me improve my manuscript. Though we were both, coincidentally enough in the same overseas country and then forced to rush home due to the coronavirus, we stayed in contact and supported each other through the ordeal. Emily then took my complete manuscript and read through it with a professional eye and pointed out the areas that could benefit from rewrites or added description. She provided me with a detailed manuscript analysis that will help me improve my work. Her comments have been worth every penny. 

JOY BLAKE