Taking a step back: working on shape and threads.
What is a manuscript critique?
I will read your manuscript and analyse what is working well and what is not working so well. I will make suggestions on how you can improve it and get it ready for the next stage.
What will it include?
A report covering big picture issues such as such as story structure, characterisation, showing versus telling, dialogue, etc.
A line-edit of 1,000 words, taken from one section of the novel to help you pinpoint and correct any sentence-level issues you may be having.
I only work in genres I read: literary fiction, historical fiction, ‘women’s’ fiction, crime/suspense (of the light or ‘cozy’ variety) and narrative non-fiction.
What will happen?
I will ask you to send me the first two chapters (or first 3,000 words) of your manuscript to check if we are a good fit. Then, if I feel I can help, I will ask you to send me the rest.
I read widely and love it!
I have been a reader for the Highland Book Prize since 2017.
In 2008 I set up my own writing group to offer and share criticism. (We still exist!)
Fellow writers have told me how they appreciate my feedback and find it useful.
I am an excellent analyst of writing quality, which is part of my job as editorial assistant with the literary journal Skirting Around.
What will it cost?
Cost depends on the length of the work and the complexity of the feedback.
Manuscripts of less than 80,000 will cost from £400.
For manuscripts over 80,000, please contact me directly.