A critique will analyze the “big picture” aspects of your manuscript and provide line edits in addition to constructive feedback and potential solutions.
What does all that mean? It means you will receive two things:
1) A red-pen critique of your work — in-line comments on what works and what doesn’t (with contextual explanation of why), just as if you’d taken your manuscript to a writing roundtable.
2) A developmental edit — a high-level analysis of your novel including feedback on story arc, character development, tension, pace, flow, etc.
Comments will be made throughout the manuscript to help provide insight as to what may not be working and how to build upon the things that are. Through both comments and track changes, suggestions are made for rephrasing, tension building, pacing, and clarity. Critique does not include grammar, but some suggestions will be provided if they impact context. However, overused or awkward word choices, and repeated tense changes will be mentioned.
Critique feedback and suggestions will address the following areas:
Info dump vs too little description
Plot and conflict
Flow and pacing
Premise and theme
Balance of show vs tell
POV shifts or head hopping
Points of tension and suspense throughout the novel
Other feedback points as appropriate
Upon completion of the manuscript, I will provide a Critique analysis, generally about five to ten pages, summarizing the overall feedback and my suggestions for revisions.
What to Expect
Upon discussion of your project, if you think we are a good fit, I will schedule your critique and send you a working contract that encompasses our working relationship.
All project reservations require a 50% deposit to confirm. Payment may be made via Paypal.
For critiques, if you have a summary of the project, please send that along with the manuscript (limit of 5 pages). This will guide me into making the best of your critique. The summary could include: themes, goals, character analysis, intended impact on the reader, and anything you determine helpful in regards to the critique.
Good critiques take time. I always read your manuscript twice. This allows me to see both bigger picture elements as well as story details.
.015 per word
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Critique Inquiry as the subject line. Please include the following information along with your request.
Total word count
If you have a deadline – I will be able to advise if I can meet this or not
Your message or question
I will provide a sample edit of up to 2k words. When emailing, please be sure to indicate the type of sample you are requesting. Sample edits are not available for short stories.
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