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MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION

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. Note that this is not a copyedit. The goal is to identify the big issues.​​


The summary evaluation of your full manuscript should help you see what you are doing well and what you could do better. It provides clear guidance for the next step in the process, which is usually a revision. At publishing houses, this evaluation is known as an editorial letter.

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The Process


1. Based on a Client Intaking Q&A, I'll evaluate your writing background, your goals, your motivation, your coachability, and your genre and idea.

2. I'll also evaluate your 5-10 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. I'll write an email to you about your sample pages with my thoughts about the biggest issues I see in the pages and what I suggest you work on first.

4. If we're both happy to move forward, I'll invoice you, you'll send me your manuscript, then I'll begin the evaluation which should take 4-6 weeks.

5. During this process, I'll ask your thoughts on what you believe what is working and what's not, as well as ask you to complete a One-Page Book Summary.

6. When the evaluation is complete, I will send you the summary evaluation and your first two chapters with in-line comments and edits.

7. Once the summary evaluation has settled with you (normally one week) we'll have a one hour videoconference to talk through the feedback. This is especially useful if you have questions or need further guidance.

INVESTMENT

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 rigorous, chapter-by-chapter analysis 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.