An Editorial Assessment is a detailed report on your entire manuscript and is most helpful to an author in the early stages of drafting, who wants to know if there are any fundamental issues in their manuscript that need work. This is especially helpful if the author wants to approach literary agents/traditional publishers or if they are trying to establish if their manuscript is worth publishing.
Why is this service useful?
Before approaching literary agents or traditional publishers, you want to ensure that your manuscript is the best that it can be. Finishing off a manuscript only to be told that there are fundamental plot holes running through it can be highly frustrating and incredibly time wasting, to have to go back and effectively rewrite substantial portions of the book. Having an Editorial Assessment after the early stages of drafting can save a lot of wasted time and effort and leads to a much higher quality book overall.
What does the service include?
A Writing Advisor will read your manuscript, making notes as they read, and then create an in-depth report on its content, bearing in mind your genre and intended market. This will include an analysis of the book’s strengths and weaknesses and a detailed breakdown of elements such as plot, themes, character arcs and world-building. The Writing Advisor will highlight issues with the book and opportunities for improvement, and they will provide advice on how to approach the next draft of your book.
An Editorial Assessment is often helpful to an author in the early stages of drafting who is planning on carrying out an extensive edit or rewrite of their novel, or who wants to know if there are any fundamental issues in their manuscript that need work.