A manuscript critique provides an overview of the major problems in your novel. A critique comes back to you (the creative writer) in letter form with lists to work on. In a manuscript critique, I focus on both the style and developmental aspects of your book.
What does a manuscript critique include?
- Plot holes
- Characterization & Character Arcs
- Confusing concepts
- Overall impression
- An indication as to what further editing services are needed for the novel
Why choose a novel critique over other forms of editing?
A manuscript critique is the lightest and cheapest form of editing.
A critique is perfect for a writer that wants to self-publish and that is ready to publish their novel. It is also great for writers who need guidance as to what they should be focussing on during their revision process.
What is not included in the critique?
Unlike a developmental edit, a critique does not include a chapter-by-chapter breakdown or a sentence-by-sentence line/copy edit.
Embrace the journey
Writing is a journey, not a race. When you take on writing a novel you need to be prepared for a long journey, many changes, and revisions, as well as some hard lessons and let downs.
I value my honesty as well as my client’s integrity and work. Few writers write great first drafts. When you’re so close to a story it’s too easy to miss important details that you think are already there. A critique is an outsiders perspective into your novel.
Don’t be demotivated by a critique, instead see it as constructive criticism. Everything said, is always to your benefit. Look at it as a positive challenge so that you can better your writing and understanding of your novel and your craft.