You've written a draft of your book and you'd like a pair of objective eyes on it before revision, but you don't want to commit to a full edit. A manuscript evaluation is a great choice: budget-friendly yet insightful.
A typical evaluation assesses the whole of your project with an eye toward publication. I read your entire manuscript and compile a detailed report of observations and recommendations. I examine structure, plot, character development, dialogue, point of view, setting, voice, genre conventions, marketability, and more. For memoir, I also pay special attention to theme, emotional truth, and transcendence.
I provide feedback on the big picture and dig down into specific sections to discuss how they affect the whole. My evaluations point out what works well, identify issues and inconsistencies, and offer flexible suggestions for revision.
Deliverable: A detailed editorial report (.pdf), average 15-20 pages for a book-length project.
Cost: $0.02 per word, starting at 50,000 words. The minimum cost for a manuscript evaluation is $1,000, applicable to lower word counts.
Turnaround: 3 to 6 weeks, depending on word count.
"I can’t recommend Jenny’s editorial services highly enough! She provided a thorough and thoughtful manuscript evaluation for my novel-in-progress. I so appreciated how she considered both the overall manuscript as well as finer details."
— Erin MacDonald
"Jenny Bartoy is an exceptionally talented editor. She has provided insightful and detailed notes on my novel manuscripts that helped bring them to the next level. I would recommend Jenny as an editor to any writer at any stage of their career."
— Phil Van de Carr
"The manuscript evaluation that Jenny did for me was exceptional. She provided insight and feedback on my work, along with suggestions that helped me to tighten up the writing, creating a much better overall story."
— Burl Battersby
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