What Is a Manuscript Review (And Should You Get One)?

Posted June 19, 2019 by Briana in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

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One of the services I offer as an editor is a manuscript review. This is one of my most affordable services, and one of my most popular. It’s also one of the services I enjoy doing the most.

I get a lot of questions about this service, so I’m answering them here. If you still have more questions after reading this post, please let me know. Thank you!

What Does a Manuscript Review Cover?

Think of this offering as a critique, though for a whole novel or creative piece instead of a chapter or a few pages. This service tackles large-scale issues in the work, suggests a prospective level of editing, and offers suggestions for revising the piece. If there are any glaring issues regarding sensitivity toward a particular marginalization, I will also mention those.

What Doesn’t the Service Cover?

In this review, I’m not going line by line and giving feedback. I’m also not adding any comments. This isn’t an edit or a beta read. Of course, I do offer editing services if you’re interested in those, but for this critique, I’m just hitting the highlights. And, although I might mention sensitivity issues, I will not offer a full-on sensitivity read at this stage. I may offer sensitivity reading services in the future, but I don’t at this time.

What about a Developmental Edit?

If you’re looking for more thorough, detailed feedback on big-picture issues, a developmental edit is the way to go. I’ll read through your manuscript and make comments and suggestions regarding structure, plot, character arcs, and more. If that sounds more in line with your interests, you want to book a developmental edit.

What Are Your Qualifications?

I’ve been working as a professional editor for more than a decade. I got my start working with bloggers and small businesses. Since then, I’ve worked with independent authors, small presses, and traditional publishers. I’m also a proud member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the American Copy Editors Society.

As far as publishing goes, I’ve had three short stories, two novels, and a one-act play published. I’m currently preparing to query my WIP, so I am familiar with self-publishing as well as traditional publishing.

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