Jane Spencer Editorial

Manuscript Evaluation

A manuscript evaluation (also known as a manuscript assessment, critique or appraisal) is a high-level analysis which provides comprehensive editorial feedback. It’s not a full developmental edit*, but it’s the ideal service for you if you’ve taken your own editing as far as you can and would like help understanding which bits of your manuscript are working well and which could benefit from improvement.

My manuscript evaluations look at elements such as:

  • theme
  • plot
  • story arc
  • voice
  • setting
  • point of view
  • characterisation
  • dialogue
  • writing style
  • marketability

I will read your entire manuscript and provide a report which looks at each element in turn. The level of detail will depend upon the length of the manuscript and what needs to be said about it, but you can expect a report of at least 2,000 words. I will usually make reference to particular passages or scenes throughout the report and, if appropriate, I will include suggestions for further research and/or reading.

I also offer a follow-up video call, during which you can ask for clarification on any points made or ask further questions.

Which genres do you work in?

I work with adult and YA fiction, particularly in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, contemporary fiction and historical fiction.

I also work on non-fiction, psychology, alternative education and parenting.

I don’t offer evaluations of poetry or children’s books.

How much does a manuscript evaluation cost?

The cost is £300 for a manuscript of up to 60,000 words.

For manuscripts between 60,001 and 100,000 words, the cost is £300 for the first 60,000 words, then an additional £5 for each additional 1,000 words (or part thereof).

50% is payable on booking as a non-refundable deposit, with the remaining 50% being due on delivery of the assessment.

How long will it take?

You should allow between three and five weeks from my receipt of the manuscript and the deposit. This is so that I can slot it into my schedule and allow sufficient time to dedicate to it.

How to book

Just head over to my contact page and get in touch!

Still not sure if this is for you?

Feel free to contact me for a no-obligation discussion first.

*Developmental editing is a deeper process which involves an editor working with an author to improve a manuscript. It usually takes place over several rounds of editing back and forth and may involve an element of coaching. As a result it is usually pretty expensive! But not all writers need this.