A manuscript assessment looks at “big picture” elements such as structure, audience, purpose, themes, voice, marketability, and more. A manuscript assessment is a recommended first step, because it doesn’t make sense to fine-tune paragraphs and sentences until the overall structure is sound. In this holistic edit, you'll receive an editorial letter that assesses strengths and weaknesses, and shows you how to turn weaknesses into strengths.
An editorial letter addresses crucial questions:
Editorial letter. The editorial letter provides you with my analyses and comments in one place; you won’t have to hunt through emails or comments in the margins. You can read the letter at leisure and refer back to it easily. My editorial letters are quite thorough, and typically range from 10 to 15 pages (3,000 to 4,500 words).
Outline. I'll include an outline or suggested table of contents to guide your revision.
Support. I'll communicate with you in whatever way works best: email, phone, Zoom/Skype, or in person.
What does it cost?
I charge $800 to evaluate manuscripts up to 85,000 words.