Manuscript critique service

I now have a dedicated website for my editorial services. Please visit www.crimebookdoctor.com.

I offer a personalised and encouraging manuscript review service with a range of flexible options to help you on your path to publication.

From helping to hone your synopsis and pitch letter, to a constructive and practical appraisal of a finished first draft, I will do my best to help you achieve your writing goals.

As a bestselling author of commercial fiction, I can look at your novels with a practical, creative and industry-focussed eye.

Please get in touch for a specific price but as a guide, the fees will be:

  • Up to 2,500 words (such as opening chapters, pitch letters or synopses) – £75
  • Up to 10,000 words (which can include pitch letters, synopses and samples) – £200
  • First 30,000 words – £350
  • Up to 60,000 words – £500
  • Up to 100,000 words – £750
  • Up to 120,000 words – £900

Reports will be sent back within 21 days (up to 60,000 words) and 28 days for full manuscripts. If you would like it more urgently, let me know and I will quote for a faster turnaround.

For a quote, get in touch on hollyseddon+ms@gmail.com and tell me the number of words, genre, a very brief synopsis and any particular help you would like.

All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence. Please do not send a full manuscript without contacting me first.

If you are interested in more intense one-to-one support, I offer mentoring exclusively through Jericho Writers.

FAQS

What will the appraisal cover?

Every novel is different and I’m happy to focus on the areas where you need most help, but as a rough guide I will look at structure/plot, clarity, characterisation and presentation. As well as providing an overall report, I will also annotate the manuscript with comments, questions and suggestions.

Will you proofread my manuscript?

No, although if I spot recurrent typos and grammatical errors I will flag them up. If you would like your manuscript professionally proofread, I can refer you to experts.

Will you help me get published?

I will give you an honest appraisal of your work and encouragement on how to get it into the best shape to stand a chance of publication. But sadly I can’t guarantee that it will happen.

Will you review picture books or children’s books?

No. My area of expertise is commercial adult novels, so I could not deliver the results you deserve if I read your children’s fiction. If you are struggling to find someone you trust to review your work, do get in touch and I will try to help.

Can I send the manuscript through the post?

No, email only please.

Can I send handwritten work?

No, it will need to be a typed document for legibility.