Manuscript Evaluation

I’ll read your novel or book-length nonfiction manuscript, evaluate its market potential, and give you a written assessment of its strengths and weaknesses. I’ll tell you if it’s ready for a major commercial publisher. If it isn’t, I’ll tell you why. I’ll also give you an appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. If your writing career is worth $345 to you, this is the place to start. Turnaround time is two to three weeks.

What You Can Expect…


I’ll read your entire manuscript and give you an appraisal of its marketability.

Most book editors seem to feel that they can evaluate a manuscript by reading the first fifty pages, or maybe the first three chapters. I don’t understand that. How can you tell if a novel’s central conflict evolves throughout the novel and is resolved in a satisfying way if you only read the opening scenes? How can you tell if a memoir or other narrative nonfiction book is presented to the reader in a way that will keep him or her turning pages all the way to the end if you read only the introductory material? You can’t. It’s as simple as that.

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I’ll assess your book’s strengths and weaknesses.

If you’ve written a novel, I’ll give you detailed feedback about opening scenes, central conflict, characterization, background events, physical setting, viewpoint, and manuscript mechanics.

If you’ve written a nonfiction book, I’ll give you feedback on introduction and organization of material, development of anecdotes and examples, and background events.

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I’ll assess your writing skills.

If you don’t know what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong, then you won’t grow as a writer. With my evaluation in hand, you’ll know where to focus your efforts to improve your writing skills.

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I’ll give you guidance about your publishing options.

Should you seek a publishing contract with a traditional commercial publisher, or should you self-publish your book?

If your book has a reasonable chance of snagging a reputable literary agent and commercial publishing contract, then you should go for it. If it doesn’t have that potential, then there’s no need to spend a year or more sending queries only to be rewarded with one rejection after another.

Send your manuscript

Still Working on Your Book?

While I typically evaluate completed manuscripts, authors sometimes feel that they need some feedback before they’ve finished writing their books. Sometimes they just want to make sure they’re on the right track, and sometimes they have questions about how they should handle specific story elements as they continue working.

I’ll be glad to read and evaluate your work in progress if you feel that some professional feedback would be helpful. If you have an outline or synopsis, or even just a vague idea of where the story is going, send that along, too, so I can give you my feedback about that.


Any success I’ve had in the rewrite is due directly to your plot analysis, coaching, suggestions, and teaching this novice writer. I confess, at first I had a hard time accepting, and then absorbing, your critical comments. I didn’t want to waste all that research and storyline. But gradually as I began to rethink the project and then to employ your suggestions, it all began to make sense and I liked the story a lot more. I especially like the new scenes involving Masterson and his adventures.
Al DawsonAuthor of Finding Noriko

Other Services

Manuscript Critique………………………………………$24 per thousand words
My critique will show you how to turn your manuscript into a book with solid commercial value.

Manuscript Editing………………………………………..$40 – $50 per thousand words
I’ll correct the mechanical errors (spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.) and I’ll polish the prose to improve clarity and narrative flow.

Book Proposal……………………………………………….$950 and up
I’ll help you avoid the mistakes that can make the difference between sale and rejection.