Manuscript/Novel Critique

Being a published author, I know well how much a book means to a writer. As the creator of our manuscript, we spend so much time with it that after a certain point, we become porous to mistakes and errors, and inadvertently let them seep into our prose, and regardless of numerous revisions, we can’t seem to get ahold of them. This is one of the main reasons why a manuscript, no matter how polished and revised, needs a thorough critique.

Another reason, why a critique is necessary, is that often we fail to say everything we have in our mind, not because we don’t know how to do it, but because we end up thinking that we’ve already explained everything perfectly. Whereas in reality, either we end up not saying enough or over do it.

In any case, you need someone to read your book thoroughly, not only from a reader’s eyes but from a writer’s eyes as well, who knows how the book should read and also how it should be written.

Overview:

Novel Critique provides a detailed insight into your manuscript. It will identify the grey areas in your novel that need improvement and the ones that need rewrites or revisions. It will help you make your book submission-ready (or editing-ready if you’re considering self-publishing.)

It will be returned to you in the form of a digital* Critique Report in PDF format. In this report, I’ll be providing a chapter-by-chapter critique on all the elements listed below.

PS: Manuscript/Novel Critique is different than Beta Reading. For Beta Reading details, please scroll down and read the ‘NOTE’ under ‘COST’ section.

MANUSCRIPT/NOVEL CRITIQUE ELEMENTS:

  • Story structure
  • Writing style
  • Narrative voice
  • Overall narration
  • Plot linearity
  • Pacing
  • Characterization issues
  • Exposition flaws
  • Potential plot holes
  • Consistency issues
  • Continuity problems
  • Issues with primary as well as secondary characters and their backgrounds
  • Issues with subplots
  • Believability issues (especially in High Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels)
  • Problems with point of views
  • Issues with chapter distribution and scene breakage
  • Head-hopping issues
  • Issues with the readability of the book

SIDE ELEMENTS:

  • Genre assessment
  • Target audience
  • Marketability
  • Book jacket feedback
  • Anything and everything else that can possibly have an effect (positive or negative) on your chances of successfully publishing your book.

*If you need a physical Critique Report, you’ll have to bear the costs of shipping.

FAQs:

  1. I’ve finished writing my manuscript, can I send it for novel critique? 

    Yes, but only if you’ve worked on your manuscript for at least 4-5 drafts and have thoroughly revised as well as edited it, to the best of your capability. If you send a half-baked manuscript, then it’ll only end up wasting your money and time.

  2. How can I request a quote for my manuscript’s critique? 

    Simply drop me an email with the basic details of your manuscript (Name, Genre, Total Word Count and Synopsis) along with the first chapter of your novel (please include the prologue if your manuscript has one.) I will send a revert in 48 hrs with the quote and a slot availability.

  3. What are slots?In a month, I critique only 2 novels at most. Every month I designate 2 slots as per the availability of dates. You can pick a slot of your choice from the available slots.

COST:

Provided after referring to the 1st chapter of your manuscript. Please format the manuscript as per following before sending the first chapter for analysis as the cost is determined according to the number of pages as per this formatting:

  • Font – Garamond
  • Font size – 12 pt.
  • Spacing – 1.5
  • Margins – 1.5″ on all four sides

Once the analysis of the first chapter is complete, you’d be provided with a per page cost based on the amount of work required for your manuscript/novel.

Ready to schedule an analysis? Click here.

Please Note: I also provide BETA READING service (paid only, as I hardly get any free time.) 
Beta Reading is a lighter version of Manyscript/Novel Critique and will consist of a report explaining basic issues regarding the plot, 
characterization, story arc and consistency with your manuscript along with an overall analysis of the story from a reader's view point.
You can request a quote (which is priced lesser than manuscript/novel critique) in the same way as explained above.

TESTIMONIALS:

 

“Excellent and extensive review of the work. Clearly, very carefully read (likely more than once) and comments were considered and well thought-out. I am so satisfied that I am going to re-engage her on a follow-up gig to take a look at the revised work as well. Great value. Highly recommend.”
– Kyle Eliot

 

“Heena is the best. She’s involved in the industry so her reviews, comments and suggestions are extremely helpful and on point. She’s also really pleasant, thorough and constructive – very easy to work with. Worth every cent, and more, and would highly recommend!!!”
– Kyle Eliot
(for the revised draft of his manuscript)

 

“Heena I have been meaning to tell you how grateful I am for your feedback. I made a study of it, re-wrote it all in my own way of looking at it and I have been incorporating most of it (about 80%) into my novel.
Thank you again, you were the perfect choice to read my work.”
– XXXXXX (pseudonym)
the author of Asylum Residentt.

 

“She was amazing and very attentive, creating quality work! Definitely going to be a repeat customer!!”
– Sally

 

She was really good and she helped me a lot!

– M. Kathim