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"Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is

not original, and the part that is original

is not good."

Samuel Johnson

Do you need a manuscript assessment?

You've written something that is not quite ready to pass to a publisher and you'd like to get some advice about how it's going. Get a detailed report on relevant aspects of your writing project including:

  • point of view

  • narrative voice

  • dialogue

  • characterisation

  • plot development

  • spelling and grammar (not in detail as this is done at editing stage)

  • general structure.


Get suggestions on how you can improve your writing. You will also receive ideas for marketing your work (acceptance by a publisher is not guaranteed).


Turnaround time is between six and eight weeks depending on the length of the manuscript.


Please provide the following:

  • an electronic copy of the document in MS Word 

  • a one-page synopsis of the work

  • a short biography of yourself and your writing background.


Please note that this is an assessment of the work not an edit. Your work will need to be edited at the next stage.