Manuscript Critique

What can you expect from a Greenleaf critique?


Naturally, you can expect detailed, practical advice about how to turn your manuscript into a book with solid commercial value.

I’ll assess your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, and I’ll show you how to improve plot structure, scene development, characterization, viewpoint, physical setting, narrative style, and other elements. I’ll use examples from your manuscript to illustrate problems, and I’ll rewrite passages and scenes in order to show you how to fix the problems. If you’re having trouble with character viewpoint, I’ll use examples from your manuscript to show you how to firm up viewpoint throughout your manuscript. If you burden your scenes with too much physical setting, I’ll note specific examples so you can see where it should be cut back. I’ll show you how to bring your characters to life, how to add dramatic focus to your scenes, how to keep your story line from wandering off track. That’s the kind of practical, professional guidance that will help you break into the tough world of publishing.

But you’ll get even more from a Greenleaf critique.


What clients are saying:

Thank you so much, Bill. There is a wealth of information in your critique. I have not even had a chance to go through it all yet. All I can say is, another fabulous job!

R. Christopher Kobb
author of middle grade fantasy novel Fyrelocke: Jack Boomershine and the Prophecy Untold

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Besides giving you the guidance to improve your manuscript, I’ll also show you how to become a better writer. In addition to my writing career, I was a creative writing instructor for many years. I know how to use your manuscript as a teaching tool to strengthen your writing skills and give you a leg up on your competition.

My critiques aren’t cheap. I charge enough to allow me to spend sufficient time with your manuscript to do a good job, and to give you your money’s worth. I could charge less and breeze through the manuscript, and give you a five to ten page “critique” consisting mainly of canned material and generic commentary. That’s what a lot of people in this business do. But it would be a waste of my time and your money.

A Greenleaf critique typically runs from twenty to fifty pages, depending on the manuscript’s length and needs. The fee is $22 per thousand words, and the turnaround time is usually six to eight weeks.

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What clients are saying:

The advice you gave me during and after the critique of my novel, Touched, has come full circle. You suggested narrowing it to a single viewpoint, simplifying its content, and shortening it to a mid-grade novel. Well, after reworking it several times trying to get it the way I wanted it, I’ve seen the light. I am working on a single viewpoint version right now that I foresee being about 45,000 to 50,000 words. The language is greatly simplified, and is only from Nat’s viewpoint. I did get some helpful advice from the local writer’s group in my home town, but nothing that propelled me forward like the information from you. Every day I put words into my story, I am seeing the wisdom in the pages from your critique, and I get closer to a better story.

Dan Dunday
author of young adult fantasy novel Touched

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Questions about how my professional manuscript critique can help you sell your book to a major publisher? Call me at (505) 796-6895 or Click here to send me a message.