A Manuscript Evaluation is a rigorous, chapter-by-chapter analysis of everything that needs to be cleaned up, fixed, or overhauled in the book. It is often known as a developmental edit, and the result is an editorial letter to you about how to proceed to take the work to the next level.
Well, that's what it usually is, but who wants a dry old letter when they can have a constructive, upbeat letter, oodles of in-line comments through their manuscript, and a 60 minute meeting?
The letter helps you see what you are doing well—and what you could do better—and provides clear guidance for your next steps.
The in-line comments help you see what I'm banging on about in the letter—but in detail.
The meeting helps you discuss what questions you have, spitball a few ideas, and admire each other's general gorgeousness.
1. Based on a Client Intaking Q&A, I'll evaluate just how cool you are and how fab your story is.
2. If you're up for it, I'll evaluate 5-10 of your sample pages, so I can let you know what I'm seeing in terms of scope of work and what needs to be addressed.
3. If you sent me sample pages, I'll send them back to you with in-line comments and my thoughts about what I see in the pages and what you might want to be working on.
4. If we're both happy to take the plunge, I'll invoice you, you pay be (obvs.), you'll send me your manuscript, then I'll begin the evaluation which should take 4-6 weeks.
5. When the evaluation is complete, I will send you the letter and your commented manuscript.
6. Once that's settled with you (normally one week) we'll have a one hour meeting (by phone or video call) to talk through the feedback.
Full manuscript (up to 80,000 words): £599
Manuscripts longer than 80,000 words: base rate + £7.50 for every 1,000 words thereafter.
At the end of the process, you'll have a clear understanding of everything that needs to be cleaned up, fixed, or overhauled in your book.
Either book some time with me to discuss, using the Let's Talk section on the home page, or complete the Tell Me About Your Project section on the home page if you'd prefer to stick to email.