Manuscript Evaluation

Writing a book is hard.

Selling it to a major commercial publisher is harder.

Luckily, you’ve just found the guy who can help you make it happen.

 

Send me your novel or book-length nonfiction manuscript. Here’s what I’ll do:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Questions about how a manuscript evaluation will help you choose the right publishing option for your book? Send me an email at william@wgreenleaf.com or call me at 505-401-1021.